This debate is not all that dissimilar from the schism in american politics today, where one could define the two political parties or the ideologies as being what's best for rural versus what's best for urban america. (Hint: they may not be the same)
I'm in a rural area, so you have to travel vast distances to get anywhere. Its also bloody hot, but that's not really related.
When the CA gas tax was up for repeal recently, a lot of people locally couldn't fathom WHY anyone would ever vote no on the repeal.
But the thing is, rural and urban america are vastly different, with different ideas and priorities and needs. In a rural area with lots of pickups and vast distances, and without much thought for anything except roads, the idea of more gas tax is not popular. In urban areas where the freeways are choked, and people desperately need both more freeway lanes and alternative mass transportation (and tend not to drive gas guzzlers), a fuel tax makes sense.
The point is that what works for a urbanite may not for rural and vice versa. If you are an urbanite and want to pitch EV's for all, you have to understand you will need EV's for rural areas that are affordable and also have vast ranges. Are we there today? Of course not.
I got one because I do a lot of in town miles only, and the gas savings from driving my truck almost pay for itself. Plus its fun and new. And i have other gas vehicles to take out of town. I just like driving the Leaf a lot, so it has me wishing I could drive it for even more. That's not a bad thing!
However for someone rural, especially if they can only afford one vehicle, none of the EV's are really good enough.
I'm not knocking anything, its simply as Johnlocke says, if we want to progress the cars must get better.
I guess it all depends on what your transportation goals for a country are - if you want to keep gasoline along side of EVs forever, then maybe it doesn't matter.
One thing I DO know for sure, in a couple years when I trade my current leaf in, I expect to get a better car. Hopefully that means more range. Maybe it means photon torpedoes...
2018 Leaf SV Pearl White with Tech and All Weather, Purchased New on 5/3/19