The BEV came before the ICE, the ICE pushed it out because it offered better range, power....etc. BEV's at this current point have improved massively, almost entirely due to Tesla, but the range limit, and then subsequent recharge time is still a significant factor in whether owing one is seen as appropriate by the general public. Fast charge stations are great for a trip to the mall or if you have a round-trip journey where you might just need a top-up, but any sort of really long drive requires a level of planning, and additional time, that most people simply aren't willing to entertain at this point. This is where a PHEV may make more sense, as they can do local driving on the battery-only mode, while still do long trips on gasoline. You save copious amounts of fuel in typical use, but aren't limited in range by the battery.
Originally Posted by jeepman3071
It's a different argument though. For cars vs. horses there was immediately a huge advantage in traveling range and speed. With electric cars that isn't the case yet. We can't legally drive them any faster on public roads, and the range is less than with gas powered vehicles.
Originally Posted by Blueskies123
It is funny how so many people cannot see the future. All those people that owned horses in the early part of the century just could not get their head around horseless carriages.