2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013Enlarge Photo
In our new feature, The Week In Reverse, we take a look back at the most significant story we published each day of the previous week--collating them all in a single article for you to review, ogle, ponder, or simply catch up on any you may have missed.
From electric cars to diesels and more, these are the stories we talked most about during the past week. Sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and dig in.
This is the feelgood story of the week. And we actually wrote about it on Wednesday, but we're sure you won't mind. Solar Roadways, which aims to produce--you guessed it, solar roads--has smashed through its $1 million crowdfunding target to develop the idea further. In fact, it's now raised almost $1.7 million, and its deadline has extended another few weeks. Could this really happen?...
2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014Friday
2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014Enlarge Photo
What's the best way of saving fuel? If you're intending to do so on any significant level, the best short-term goal is to reduce consumption of the least efficient vehicles. That makes cars like the 2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel pretty significant - it's the most fuel-efficient full-size truck on the market.
Here's a fascinating test - just how much drag to the slipperiest cars on the market generate? And what effect does that have on efficiency? The results are quite surprising - see if you can guess whether the Tesla Model S or the Nissan Leaf uses the least energy to travel at 70 mph...
China is finally clamping down on its huge city pollution problems, and it's taking the dirtiest cars off the roads in order to do so. Six million of them, in fact. It probably won't clean up China's air right away, but it's certainly a good start.
Hey, have you heard? Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is still annoyed by the Fiat 500E. Rightly, some might say - it's losing his company $14,000 with every car sold. That's a pity, because the 500E is a great car, but business is business...
James MayEnlarge Photo
James May is a little different from the other Top Gear presenters. We say this because 'Captain Slow' has recently become 'Captain Electric', and put his name down for a BMW i3 range-extended electric car. We didn't see that one coming. He's still keeping his Ferrari though. Can't win 'em all!