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Acura Drops A Hybrid, Plug-In Crossovers, Tesla Battery Swapping: The Week In Reverse

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Which automakers did Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk meet with this past week? What hybrid isn't coming back for 2015, and which plug-in crossovers are on the way? And wait, what is Jay-Z driving? It's the Week In Reverse, right here at Green Car Reports.

Here we look back at some of the most significant stories we've published from the past week. We're pulling them into a single article, to catch up on the news of the past week, and use as a jumping point into your weekend reading.

And here's The Week In Reverse, for Friday, June 20:

This week, Acura killed off the ILX Hybrid. This compact luxury sedan offered a version of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild-hybrid system, which has been upstaged by models with full-hybrid systems that are often better-performing, more fuel-efficient, and more 'electric.' ILX Hybrid models have comprised less than 3,000 of the 40,000 ILXs sold over about two years—and we hear there are plenty remaining at dealerships if you're interested. The model's departure leaves only two of what we would consider mild hybrids left in the U.S. market.

Acura Kills ILX Hybrid For 2015; Only Two Mild Hybrids Left

We also posted a video review of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid. With a hybrid system that's just strong enough to get this vehicle moving, gently, from a standing start, we found the all-wheel-drive Crosstrek Hybrid to be a little disappointing in fuel-efficiency, yet up to the task in every other respect that outdoorsy, active types might want.

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Video Review

We considered some of the reasons why hybrid sales haven't kept pace with sales gains for the auto-industry as a whole. Hint: It probably all relates back to gas prices more than it does the allure of all-electric cars.

Could U.S. Hybrid Car Sales Be Peaking Already--And If So, Why?

If you want a plug-in hybrid, as well as a crossover utility vehicle sized for the family, you don't have many choices today—just the Ford C-Max Energi and the California-only Toyota RAV4 EV. That's due to change soon, however, and we took a look at the estimated arrival time, and details, for upcoming plug-in crossover wagons from Mitsubishi, Volvo, and BMW. And let's not forget Tesla.

When Will Plug-In Electric SUVs And Crossovers Go On Sale?

Speaking of Tesla, we looked at whether the California electric-car maker is still as bullish on battery swapping now that the financial incentives for offering it have gone away. And Elon Musk's invitation to open the patents at Tesla might already be having its intended, disruptive effect. We learned that Nissan, and BMW, have been talking charging standards with Tesla.

Tesla Model S Battery Swapping: Will It Ever Actually Arrive?

Nissan Wants In On Tesla-BMW Electric Car Charging Talks: Report

2014 BMW i3

2014 BMW i3

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Finally, is Hollywood abandoning the Model S for the new BMW i3? Judging by the number of celebrities and VIPs we continue to see driving or arriving in the Model S—including, maybe, Jay-Z—it might be a bit premature for that.

Will Hollywood Abandon Tesla Model S For BMW i3 Electric Car?

Jay Z Now Owns A Murdered-Out Tesla Model S (Apparently)

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