You can probably force charging by driving in Sport mode. But that will cost a lot of mpg. Even at double the national electric rate, it will still be a bit cheaper than the equivalent cost of the same miles in gasoline. But it sounds like the hybrid makes more sense from a practical perspective that doesn't consider tax credits. Especially if you do not take short trips that would benefit from the plug in power. Does LI only have a single pricing tier for electricity?
2018 Kia LX HEV Metal Stream with Advanced Tech