Obviously the editor is clueless about the SF bay area. San Francisco is not a part of Silicon Valley. It's near Silicon Valley, and no where near the Golden Gate Bridge. Also there are plenty of companies that took a while before they turned a profit. HP, Apple, Google and the others took several years to become strong. There were plenty of busts too. I believe Stanford's, VW's and BMW's (full/partial) self driving car will be sold in larger volumes than electric cars in 5-10 years. There's little infrastructure cost for a self driving car, but there is a significant infrastructure cost for an all electric vehicle. That infrastructure cost will be more likely a problem for electric vehicles than the location of the innovation.