More Model 3 mania, electric bikers, Porsche design, fuel-cell futurism: The Week in Reverse

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Porsche Mission E Concept  -  2015 Frankfurt Auto Show live photos

Porsche Mission E Concept - 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show live photos

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How many depositors had put down $1,000 each for a Tesla Model 3 electric car one week after the car's launch at the end of March?

And, what may be your best deal these days in a fuel-efficient used car?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Friday, we wrapped up a week filled with Tesla Model 3 news by considering whether GM and the Chevy Bolt EV were being held to a double standard.

The 2017 Bolt EV will go on sale by the end of this year, at least 12 months before the Model 3, offer about the same 200-plus-mile range, and about the same starting price.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

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On Thursday, Tesla issued the final one-week count of Model 3 reservations, as promised earlier in the week by CEO Elon Musk.

The total was 325,000, at $1,000 each, and while that isn't necessary all the funds Tesla will need to get the car into production, $325 million is hardly chump change.

We also published our first drive report of the Tesla Model X electric SUV, this one written by our resident Tesla-owning contributor David Noland.

Wednesday, our electric-motorcycle correspondent Ben Rich wrote about the truly long-distance electric bikers: those who've done journeys of more than 1,000 miles.

We'd add that Rich himself is among that group, having ridden 6,800 miles last summer, from New York City to Florida, then to Mexico and up to Canada, on his own 2014 Zero SR.

Long-distance electric motorcycle rider Thomas Tomczyk

Long-distance electric motorcycle rider Thomas Tomczyk

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On Tuesday, we offered some used-car buying advice: your best bargain may be a small, fuel-efficient sedan, since even used buyers want SUVs these days.

While this week had less news about the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal, on Monday we reported that VW had halted its updates of Passat TDI cars in Europe.

The reasons differed depending on who was talking: some sources say the fix led to higher fuel consumption, but Volkswagen denied that and blamed it on testing delays.

Related to that, talks continue between the company and U.S. Volkswagen dealers who want reparations for the damage to the brand and to their busneses. So far, no deal.

Over the weekend, we offered you a video in which the designers of the Porsche Mission E talked about how the car's shape evolved as a function of its all-electric powertrain.

Utopia wagon concept by designer Brooks Stevens, 1960 [image courtesy Milwaukee Art Museum]

Utopia wagon concept by designer Brooks Stevens, 1960 [image courtesy Milwaukee Art Museum]

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Finally, we wrote about the Utopia concept, designer Brooks Stevens' vision for what a 1970 car might be like.

Its most utopian feature may have been the hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, which he envisioned being more compact than the gasoline engines of the day.

Fuel cells are still pretty futuristic even today, but we wondered how designer Stevens would react to the only dedicated fuel-cell car now in production, the 2016 Toyota Mirai.

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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