Your “… it’s BS” comment has as much science/credibility behind it as you would expect from a vested interest ‘Senior Editor’ of Green Vehicles as per your first link. You might as well referenced a statement also from Toyotas Marketing Department.
But I do still think your ADLittle paper actually looks to be a credible study - indeed I have referred it to my University Professor academic brother who regularly writes ‘environmental’ papers, and edits a peak academic environmental-focussed journal, to see what he thinks of the ADLittle papers academic substance.
I have a lay Automotive Engineers understanding of the protocols/conventions that apply to academically credible papers - thus I will get an expert opinion.
But still without debating the marginally environmental whole-of-life relativities of Petrol versus Electric, my point is, unless there is an environmental improvement of considerable magnitude (and not a debateable incremental advance, if anything), electric cars will remain little more than a political solution distraction, and a novelty ‘feel-good’ toy for buyers, until a real power solution comes along, with ‘hydrogen’ (Fuel Cells) easily the most promising at this point of time. Anything with an ideal world 200-250 mile range, and then needing overnight (or lengthy) recharging, remains a city day commuting vehicle, and not a serious automobile solution. Recently, (one real example) I had a long talk with a Singapore Taxi operator of a 5 year old Prius (great city-centre use for a Hybrid car), but since buying it new, he is now onto its fourth Battery Pack - forget the $s not covered by warranty for Taxi operation, but that’s really great for the environment, making and disposing of environmentally disastrous huge battery packs every 12-18 months. And I presume you have heard of all the Tesla new-battery problems, and their fix/storage/disposal problems.