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is it about this year? or down the road

If you are asking when EVs will become viable for the mainstream consumer, it is still a ways down the road, at least in the U.S., China, and other countries where gasoline is still relatively cheap, even at $3 a gallon. In Europe where gas is $6-$7 a gallon they're a lot closer since the lifetime fuel costs of a vehicle are a lot higher. Things which will move the timeframe in: More expensive gasoline (either by taxation or supply and demand doing what it eventually will do), breakthroughs in battery/storage technology.

As the oil supply continues to diminish, supply and demand will continue to raise gasoline prices and eventually they will be high enough that gasoline vehicles will become obsolete (If gas were $10 a gallon now everyone would be buying electric vehicles because the lifetime fuel savings would justify the additional cost of a $20,000 battery pack)

is it about the battery or the sharing and overlapping of electric cars using all the same stuff?

Its about when people will buy the cars, and today the battery is the determining factor.

where is the advantage.....??

I don't follow. What do you mean?

as for Pheonix....where one of the manufacturers is......detroit has a major advantage location wise....coal steel....water ways....rail....center of the country.....

Perhaps. Would be nice for me personally to see Detroit make a comeback. Europe seems to have an advantage simply because their retail gasoline prices make economic viability closer to the near term.

so will electric cars only be plastic? now that is opening a pandora's box....perhaps....

The decision about a vehicle's frame and body materials doesn't seem like it would depend on whether the fuel and drivetrain were gasoline or electric, so I think it's a moot point.
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