Hyundai Ioniq, First Drives, Koch Brothers, Garage Wiring: The Week In Reverse

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

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Which company released info on new hybrid, electric, and plug-in hybrid models--all at once?

And, what aspect of green vehicles do a pair of conservative billionaires reportedly plan to spend millions of dollars on?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, February 26, 2016.

Friday, we published a look at what you need to know about installing an electric-car charging station in a garage.

The example we used happens to be new construction, but the principles are pretty much the same even if it's a retrofit.

Here's how you can make it less mysterious (even for your electrician): It's pretty much the same as wiring for an electric clothes drier.

Older ChargePoint electric-car charging station

Older ChargePoint electric-car charging station

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On Thursday, we had two drive reports. One covered the fuel-efficient 2016 Hyundai Tucson Eco compact crossover utility, rated at 29 mpg in front-wheel-drive form.

The other one was a new owner's report on his first 21 days with the Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV, which (so far) he loves.

Wednesday, we got more information about the complete lineup of 2017 Hyundai Ioniq models that'll be officially launched at next week's Geneva Motor Show.

While we'll likely see the Ioniq Hybrid model at dealers first, there's also an Ioniq Electric that'll come soon after, and an Ioniq Plug-In (hybrid) model to follow.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Electric, and Ioniq Plug-In

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Electric, and Ioniq Plug-In

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We also looked at which 10 cars give you the least-expensive gas mileage, simply by dividing EPA combined fuel-economy ratings by the cars' base price.

The winner of that particular comparison is an Asian minicar that delivers 40 mpg combined--and, no, it's not a hybrid.

On Tuesday, we noted that a mere decade or so after its founding, Tesla Motors now owns the Tesla.com domain name.

And we wondered whether that might presage a corporate name change, perhaps following in the footsteps of the former Apple Computer.

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

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We kicked off the week on Monday by covering a report that the billionaire Koch Brothers are supposedly planning to lobby against electric cars, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

As always, there were various new developments in the never-ending Volkswagen diesel scandal.

This week alone, a judge lost his patience with the company, it remains highly unclear that the scandal will change VW's corporate culture, and supposedly the EPA will ask the company to build more electric cars and help fund a DC fast-charging network.

We also interviewed several ordinary Germans to find out what they think about the VW diesel scandal. By and large, they're both dismissive and cynical.

Pastor Jonathan Wiggins recharges BMW i3 electric car in Resurrection Fellowship Church parking lot

Pastor Jonathan Wiggins recharges BMW i3 electric car in Resurrection Fellowship Church parking lot

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Finally, we profiled an unusual advocate of electric cars at the intersection of religion and conservation.

That would be Pastor Jonathan Wiggins of the Ressurection Fellowship Church in Loveland, Colorado, who drives a BMW i3 and installed electric-car charging stations in the megachurch's parking lot.

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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