cpwl wrote:In fact, if Ford is going to do the 200 mile range BEV there is little sense to offering it with PHEV or HEV powertrains.
One of the cold realities for EV's is that gas will be cheap for a while. The Saudi's are content to keep oil around $40 a barrel; high enough for them to make money but low enough to discourage supply expansion. This means gas will stay in a $2-3 dollar range (barring issues with local refinery capacity). This will continue to make PHEV and HEV attractive, particularly in the bigger chassis such as light duty trucks and such.
At the low gas prices, the cost per mile of "fueling" between EV and a 50 mpg (which seems to be where new midsized hybrid sedans are starting to push) hybrid narrows considerably. There is a big break on maintenance costs but most people do not consider total cost of ownership.
I think Ford has long banked on the post sales revenue streams and thus prefers the hybrid and PHEV over BEV. You can keep your service departments and part suppliers happy with hybrids.