Just saw this video on Youtube: They are making the argument that the 50 mile range plug-in hybrids are the ideal transition vehicles. Quite frankly, I'll go a step further and that's to say that PHEVs are just the ideal cars, period, for many years to come. They have nearly all the benefits of BEVs and none of the downsides. Here are some reasons: 1. Less waste. Although I don't know that many BEV owners, all the ones I know have at least one other purely ICE car that they keep for road trips. In fact, that second or third car is not an old car but often a relatively new one. If people switched to PHEVs instead of BEVs, they wouldn't need to keep another ICE car at all because it can run fine on gas for those road trips. Reducing all those extra otherwise unnecessary cars will save huge amounts of resources needed to produce them. 2. Conserving battery resources. The growing popularity of BEVs are straining the supply chain for battery components. The Clarity and Volt have 17 kWh batteries and that's enough for most of us to go all EV 90% of the time or more. BEVs with adequate range like Teslas and the Chevy Bolt have batteries 3-6 times that size. By design, PHEVs require batteries a fraction of the size of a BEV. 3. Range anxiety. As the video explains, the charging network is not all that great. Even Tesla Superchargers take 30 min for a partial charge and repeated supercharging will damage the battery. In the winter time, with the heater on, the reduced range on BEVs make them pretty miserable for extended driving. None of these issues apply to PHEVs at all. 4. Proven technology. Although more complex than BEVs, the technology needed to produce a PHEV isn't particularly costly or overly complex. The drive train of the Clarity is essentially the same as the Accord hybrid and new Insight. Those cars have gotten rave reviews for outstanding fuel efficiency coupled with powerful acceleration (for hybrid vehicles). The Clarity uses the same technology as those cars except with a bigger battery.