2020 Limted XT Black/Ivory
I think you’d be surprised. Hyundai/Kia are nearly there with their current gen tech (which is priced reasonably), and prices keep plummeting with performance increasing. The first generation leaf only came out 10 years ago, was one of the top evs, and had 75 miles of range. Nowadays that would get laughed at. The constraint I’d be worried about is getting the physical materials in the batteries.I agree with what you are saying, but I am also sure that new battery technology resulting in 500+ mile ranges won't be affordable before say 10-15 years, maybe even 20. Note that I used the word "affordable" - I am sure we'll see 500 mile + range EVs before then, but at a stiff premium.
In the meantime, ICEs won't suddenly disappear, and gas stations won't either. That's why I think that hybrid technology, and especially PHEV makes sense for the time being, and for new purchases right now.
At 40-50 mile ranges in EV (electric only) mode, a plug-in hybrid can cover most people's daily drives needs while eliminating range anxiety. I am expecting that 80% of our driving with the R4P will be in electric mode, cutting our annual fuel costs by more than half at current prices, and even better if/when gas prices go up.
Add the 300hp fun factor and a price that's barely higher than our Outback Premiums, I think it makes sense for us, and for right now.