what a ridiculous statement
unless you are a traveling salesman you will rarely push the limit in the car
what percentage of people drive from Boston to NY every week?
My Exige can barely get to NY on a tank
Range is simply not a problem
the time to charge is a problem, but again most people, most of the time will never visit a charging station
Written like an East coast native.
The US (he wrote, paraphrasing the Hitch hiker's guide to the Galaxy) is big. Really big. You might think it's a long way down the road to New York, but that's just peanuts to the rest of the US.
My parents lived in western Kentucky for 20 years 11 miles outside of a university town. Now they live in San Antonio Texas. Both places involve long distance (>100 mi) road trips at high speed (65+ MPH) as a normal way of getting around.
In KY, my mother would rack up 120 miles a day 2-3 times/week in the car easily - it was 11 miles one way to town, so a grocery run with a second stop in town was 30+ miles right there. Every month or so one of my parents would have a medical appointment the next state over. That was a 300 mile day. Nope, no EV charger at the hospital. My father taught school the next county over - 60 miles away at an average speed of 50 MPH. No, there isn't an EV charging space in front of the school. I suppose an EV would have worked for him sometimes for that commute...if he never needed to stop by a store on the way home.
Now if there were supercharger stations on every corner in the Midwest like there are gas stations, this wouldn't be a problem. There aren't. And there aren't going to be any time soon, either, because the population density is too low.
You know those vast fastnesses of the West that you see in movies? People actually live there. Sometimes at densities as low as two people per square mile, but they're there. There's no mass transit. No close by airport (the closest airport with scheduled service to my parents' house was 40 miles away. No EV chargers there. Frequently, they'd end up driving to Nashville, TN to catch a plane. 120 miles each way on the superslab. No EV chargers there, either. I suppose you could drive around Nashville to find a charging station on the way to or from the airport...or you could just gas up once at one of the dozens of gas stations along the way.
Yes, if you're wealthy enough and have the parking space, it's easy buy a $80k+ EV that you can only use four out of five days because on that fifth day you'll be driving beyond its range limit. Uber doesn't go there. You can't ride your ebike down to the MBTA station, either.
An EV is not a practical proposition for everybody in the USA. Maybe someday. Today is not that day. There's a reason the Chevy Volt comes with an ICE range extender, and a reason why Toyota has sold a whole lot more Priuses than Tesla has sold cars.
What did my folks end up with to deal with the reality of going 150+ miles at high speeds on a regular basis and living 13 miles from the nearest gas station? A Jetta TDI. 700 miles a tankful makes a lot of sense in the Midwest.