Obama's Bolt EV Visit, Elio Finances, Tesla Lawsuit, Fuel-Cell Roundup: The Week In Reverse

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2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X

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Who grinned--and who grimaced--while looking over the Chevy Bolt EV 200-mile electric car?

And, why did Tesla Motors sue a German supplier that worked on the development of its Model X?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, January 22, 2016.

Friday, we noted that the future of the Elio three-wheeled, two-seat "84-mpg" car depends on low-interest Federal loans the company has applied for.

After raising cash through both customer deposits and crowdfunding capital from small investors, the company still needs about $200 million more to start production.

President Barack Obama looks at 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2016

President Barack Obama looks at 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at Detroit Auto Show, Jan 2016

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On Thursday, we reported that President Barack Obama not only visited the Detroit Auto Show, but sat in a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV 200-mile electric car.

He's only the third president in history to attend the auto show, and now his Bolt EV photo can be added to those from his visit to the Chevy Volt production line in July 2010.

Wednesday saw us cover a Tesla Motors lawsuit against a German supplier for allegedly faulty work on the Model X falcon doors.

After Hoerbiger Automotive Comfort Systems failed to deliver the promised door mechanism, Tesla says, it had to abandon that work altogether, design and test its own electromechanical door system, then hire a new supplier to build it.

Which might explain some of the many delays in getting the Model X into production, which finally happened at the end of last year.

On Tuesday, we rounded up battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles sales for all of 2015.

The total was down slightly on 2014 numbers, and it's not clear that 2016 will be notably better.

2016 Renault Zoe electric car

2016 Renault Zoe electric car

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Monday, we wrote about the most popular electric car in Europe--one that most North Americans have never heard of.

It's the Renault Zoe, a subcompact hatchback made by Nissan's French alliance partner Renault, though its total sales are still much lower than the Nissan Leaf's total of 200,000.

Speaking of Nissan, we also wrote a light-hearted piece noting that Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn got a tour of the Chevy Bolt EV from GM executive Larry Nitz at the Detroit Auto Show.

Ghosn isn't a person who smiles much, but his face looked especially grim as he viewed the car, due to launch at the end of this year.

That may be because the Bolt EV will offer almost double the range of the current Nissan Leaf for about the same price.

GM's Nitz, on the other hand, appeared to be smiling broadly as he welcomed Ghosn.

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

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Finally, this week saw a slew of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle news.

We got rough pricing for the 2017 Honda Clarity, we learned that a hydrogen-powered Mercedes-Benz GLC will launch next year, and heard reports that GM and Honda will team up on a fuel-cell factory.

Those were our main stories this week; we'll see you again next week. Until then, this has been the Green Car Reports Week in Reverse update.

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