Armored Plug-In Hybrid, Mazda Miata, Tesla Battery Life: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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What's our new champion for the greenest sports car you can likely afford?

And, who's built a plug-in hybrid with armor plating--and why?

This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, July 31, 2015.

Friday, we described the new version of Portland's Electric Avenue, a bank of parking spots right downtown where electric cars can recharge. It offers both Level 2 charging stations and four brand-new dual-standard DC quick chargers.

The opening of the expanded and relocated Electric Avenue preceded the EV Roadmap conference, one of our favorite annual electric-car events.

Electric Avenue rededication, Portland, July 2015

Electric Avenue rededication, Portland, July 2015

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We had two Green Car Reports editors there, and as always, we enjoyed meeting faithful readers and fans of the site. Thank you all!

On Thursday, we looked at how Toyota is tackling hydrogen fuel infrastructure challenges, as it prepares to launch a limited number of its 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicles this fall.

They'll be offered to Southern California buyers who live and work near the latest hydrogen fueling stations, of which two have been completed. Toyota expects 10 to be open by the end of the year.

Wednesday, we covered what may be the greenest sports car you can buy this year: the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

To write the story, of course, we had to endure the arduous task of driving new open-top sports cars through carving canyon roads in the California sunshine.

We suffer for you. No, really, we do.

Tesla Supercharger site in Newburgh, New York, up and running - June 2015

Tesla Supercharger site in Newburgh, New York, up and running - June 2015

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On Tuesday, our Tesla-owning author David Noland investigated the impact of Supercharger use on battery capacity.

His analysis offered some tentative conclusions, but he's still gathering data--and in the absence of statements from the company, owners' opinions on the issue seems to vary widely.

Monday, we noted that with hybrid sales flat, discounts are rising. In particular, we wrote that you can get good deals on one of our favorite large hybrids, the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid sedan.

Over the weekend, we covered a team of German students who built an electric drag racer that even out-accelerates a Tesla Model S P90D.

It only holds one person, mind you, but still. Good for them.

Sectran Security armored truck

Sectran Security armored truck

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Finally, we talk a lot about plug-in hybrids, but they're rarely powered by natural gas--and even more rarely equipped with armor plating.

But that's what a group of three companies have unveiled: a plug-in hybrid armored truck that runs on natural gas. No more diesel exhaust when the truck is left idling during pickups and deliveries.

We're having fun writing about the expanding universe of green cars, and we hope you'll stick with during our travels and test drives.

See you next week ....

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