I agree, people are slow to change. Some people are comfortable in the technical space they inhabit and sometimes the pace of change is too quick for some, they can't keep up. In the workplace many people are resistant to change which is why companies bring in change management 'experts'. Sometimes change is made for the sake of. It happened at my last place of employmentThats fairly much excuses spoken by people who are slow to change. Other countries are making changes, while the UK thinks up any old bollocks for not doing anything.
The internet didnt exist 30 years ago, mobile phone use was for rich *******, satellite/cable TV was in its infancy.
Today most people have at least 2 of those things, even 10 year olds have their own phones using wifi to watch Netflix. If you told people 30 years ago that you would be watching films on your phone using radio waves from a small box in your house you would have thought they were on drugs, yet it happened.
However, what I am not doing is making excuses, I am highlighting some the practical difficulties that need to be overcome before electric vehicles can become mainstream. There needs to be major national infrastructure investment and it's going to cost one hell of a lot of money and take a very long time. After this Covid issue is put to bed the government will need to refill the coffers and very many individuals are going to be poorer for some time to come. I can't see there being a great deal of money available and we've already seen the government getting slagged off after proposing investment for the armed forces.
Major infrastructure projects always seem to suffer delays and cost overruns and end up massively over-budget. I've already given you HS2 which was instigated c2009 and construction has only just started. The initial cost estimate for the project was about £31 billion and has doubled at least since then. Maybe even to more than £100 billion. It's not due to be completed until 2035 but you can guarantee that it will take longer. Same with Crossrail. That project was approved in 2007, construction began in 2009 and it was supposed to have been completed two years ago. It's now not expected to be completed until 2023. It had a planned budget of nearly £15 billion and is currently expected to cost somewhere close to £19bn and that cost will surely increase. I could probably dig around and find other examples but I'm not inclined to and I'm sure you get my point.
So I come back to the tens of thousands of residential streets throughout the land where it is not practicable to run charging cables across the footpaths. If it's going to take 15 years or more to build a single railway line to the North, if it's going to take 14 years to build a railway line across London, how long, realistically, is it going to take to put in place the infrastructure to allow people to charge their cars outside their homes where they don't have the luxury of off road parking? And at what cost and to whom? Maybe that's the point. Perhaps that's the intention - to inconvenience and price people out of their cars, to leave the roads more freely available for the well-off and elite.
I don't disagree with your other points either. Fair enough the internet didn't exist but it didn't replace anything else. As for mobile phones, as they were starting to become more popular nobody turned round and said "in a few years we're going to ban dedicated landlines". Same with watching films on phones. Televisions haven't been banned. Video players didn't die out because the were banned, they died out because of emerging technologies, cheaper, higher quality alternatives and consumer choice. This is what will really drive the replacement for ICE vehicles.