In http://visforvoltage.org/forum/3933-xm3500#comment-25874 Mik said something I want to call attention to... (NOTE: You'll have to go to page 2 and then scroll down a ways.. sorry)
Essentially that to get EV's to wide acceptance it's clearly going to require a slew of EV technicians. This is a business thing.. that to have these vehicles successfully in the hands of the public, well, there's some lessons we can learn from the current state of affairs isn't there?
a) the vehicles don't always live up to expectations
b) the vehicles break down occasionally
c) there's a desire for "MORE" which leads to tweaks and improvements and rewirings
In gas vehicles there are a large array of shops for those needs. For EV's there will need to be a similar array of shops and services.
I guess one of the hopes around EV's is that because the motors are typically highly reliable that there'd be little need for service. But reality is different, right?