The average American commutes to work about 32 miles each day roundtrip, and about 11,000 miles per year (which is about 30 miles per day). So driving a 200+ or 250+ mile range BEV doesn't make economic sense (purchase price only) while gas cars are cheaper. (Yes, there are studies showing overall BEV ownership costs can be lower than ICE.)I don't quite get this. A PHEV only makes sense if you are able to plug it in while you don't use it. If you have the ability to plug it in in your garage, why not buy a BEV rightaway?
Further, the amount of energy, current environmental pillaging, etc, used to create a BEV where most owners (heck, most drivers, EV or not) in the world only tap ~15% (30/200) of the range potential ~90+% of the time isn't the greatest argument for BEVs with bigger batteries. Then throw in our wonderful "naysaying" politicians' pockets (lined with oil campaign dinero?) holding back electric charging infrastructure, etc.
In America we are overly consumed with a "bigger is better" mentality despite the fact we don't need 200+ miles of range (and added $$$) for ~10% of the time when ~35 miles of range (and lower $$$) will cover us ~90% of the time.
Now this is just a "use efficiency" argument. There are a host of different angles to debate but this is one not many speak of.