EVs with extended range, such as the Model S and the Volt/Ampera seem to be doing *much* better in the marketplace than limited range econoboxes like the Smart ED, MiEV, Leaf, Th!nk, etc. These extended range premium segment EVs will be the cars that provide their makers enough funds to design and build the next generation of EVs, not the sub 100 mile "penalty cars."
PS. Thanks Chelsea for your thoughtful post. I am somewhat embarrassed by the hard time other posters in this thread gave you based on the out of context quotes in a Wired article that you did not even author.