Hyundai Ioniq lineup, Geneva's green debuts, Leaf 2G update, nervous Nevada: The Week In Reverse

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq (European spec), 2016 Geneva Motor Show

2017 Hyundai Ioniq (European spec), 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Which startup company is making the state of Nevada nervous right about now?

And, what vehicle did we consider to be the most important new entry at this week's Geneva Motor Show?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, March 4, 2016.

Friday, we updated you on the latest from electric-car startup Faraday Future.

While the company has received its first U.S. patent--on a power converter--trading in the stock of its billionaire Chinese backer's company, the "Netflix of China," has been suspended since December 7.

That has made the Nevada state treasurer nervous about the huge incentives granted to the company. Trading in LeTV is supposed to resume on Monday. We'll see.

Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept, unveiled at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas

Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept, unveiled at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas

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We also noted that Tesla Motors is sending out invitations to the Model 3 unveiling that it will hold on March 31. Here's what we know so far about that car.

On Thursday, we looked at how GM will market the 2017 Chevy Volt differently from its predecessor.

Chevrolet's marketing director Steve Majoros gave few specifics, but with the 2017 Volt hitting the first dealers nationwide this month, its success may hinge on his work.

There will be no new Volt dance, however. We guarantee it.

GM's Pam Fletcher and Josh Tavel accept Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy award for 2016 Volt

GM's Pam Fletcher and Josh Tavel accept Green Car Reports 2016 Best Car To Buy award for 2016 Volt

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Tuesday and Wednesday, we reported from the Geneva Motor Show, which this year was scheduled just three weeks before the New York Auto Show that opens later this month.

Important debuts at the Swiss show included the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, a close-to-production Subaru SV (Crosstrek) Concept, another small SUV from Audi (the Q2) that won't be sold in North America, the production version of the Rimac electric supercar from Croatia, and a whole bunch of other hybrid and electric supercars as well.

On Tuesday, we asked whether the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq was the most important car on the floor at Geneva, even though most of the European auto media ignored it.

After adding more details and photos covering the Ioniq lineup of hybrid, electric, and plug-in hybrid models, we think it's a new and interesting approach to spreading the costs of various electrified powertrains over more vehicles.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq (European spec), 2016 Geneva Motor Show

2017 Hyundai Ioniq (European spec), 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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We do wonder, however, whether the battery of the Ioniq Electric--located under the rear seat and load bay, but not under the cabin floorpan--will preclude a longer-range version that can compete head-to-head with the 200-mile 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Monday, our long-time reader and contributor John Briggs reported on how he took the plunge, and bought a 2015 Nissan Leaf for a net price of just $16,345.

With his durable 2006 Toyota Prius handed off to his son for a summer job, Briggs decided on one condition for his next car: "No plug, no sale."

He'll be reporting on his new electric car, installing a charging station in his garage, and other aspects of the ownership experience in future weeks.

2015 Tesla Model S P85D showing added Ludicrous mode [photo: George Parrott]

2015 Tesla Model S P85D showing added Ludicrous mode [photo: George Parrott]

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Another contributor reported in as well: George Parrott upgraded his Tesla Model S P85D from "Insane" to "Ludicrous" mode--and then took it to the drag strip. And we've got the video.

Finally, we reported on efforts to replace the 2G cellular transponder in five years of Nissan Leaf electric cars.

The North American 2G network will be decommissioned by the end of this year, so Nissan has to update the Leaf--but except for 2015 models, it appears that owners may have to pay part of the cost.

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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