The industry has embraced the electrification because there are no longer coming fumes out of a car, and TADAA, we have a clean product.
Half of the small dust coming from a car is from tires, brakes, ... A car that weighs more (read with batteries) produces more small dust of this type.
And then there's the energy needed to move the car forward. The electricity or hydrogen gas has to come from somewhere!
Electricity can be made with nuclear, gas, wind, solar, ...
Burning gas to make electricity and then distribute it through a grid that looses 3 to 4 times the energy that is finally used doubtfully brings you the ecological gains over burning it right away.
Nuclear works without CO2, but brings a whole new problem of pollution we can not deal with, requires the construction of tons of new plants, and is limited in its resources.
So we end up with wind and solar. I strongly believe these are still the way to go, but not if they are over-subsidized, and e.g. panels are transported from china with a ship running on pure oil!!
And even if we use clear electricity for driving cars, it's not that we have any in surplus at the moment!
We should start with switching all electricity production to renewable sources before even using more of it.
We will have to use transportation (aviation above all) less and less and look for way to use less energy in any sort of way.
We have to move faster, before cars are completely demonized.
If we succeed in that, and get people that don't like to drive from the roads and when needed driving an electric shared car, there will be a recreational use of petrol cars possible.
Or as someone once told me: "The last drop of fuel will be used in a Ferrari." Just let us hope it's an Alfa Romeo instead ;-)
The best way to think of electric cars is like "sewage".
You do a logger, and a pipe transports the dirty waste miles away from where you live -- making everyone's local environment much healthier.
Electric cars do the same. The dirty waste (power generation) is generated miles away from where you live. No more dirty diesel-soot spewing in your face as you walk to work.
Of course, the waste is still there. But humans are morons, and nobody cares if they cannot see it
One fly in the ointment for electric cars is the finite resource of lithium. If all the world's billion vehicles electrified overnight, the world would run out of lithium in under a decade. There remain credible questions about whether the world and solar system have enough lithium (and recycled lithium) for batteries to be a longterm (sustainable) alternative to oil.