VW diesel buybacks, Tesla Autopilot crash, 'sobering' fuel-cell future, Oklahoma natural gas: The Week in Reverse

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Consumer Reports tests 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel in 'cheat mode,' October 2015 [video frame]

Consumer Reports tests 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel in 'cheat mode,' October 2015 [video frame]

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Why did one man involved in developing hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains call their prospects 'sobering'?

And, how much do you get from Volkswagen if you bought a TDI diesel car after the emission scandal broke last September?

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

The May 7 fatal crash of a Tesla Model S operating on Autopilot continued to occupy the news again last week.

2016 Tesla Model S P90D and Boeing 737 drag race

2016 Tesla Model S P90D and Boeing 737 drag race

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Friday, we published the thoughts of a Model S driver about what Tesla's "Autopilot" actually is, what it does and doesn't do, and how Tesla owners view the system.

On Thursday, we noted that more crashes had come to light, and that the NHTSA would investigate a second crash, this one involving a Model X electric utility vehicle said to be operating on Autopilot.

It's worth underscoring that Tesla's so-called Autopilot is not a self-driving car, but a collection of driver-assistance systems.

Wednesday, we covered the 'sobering assessment' of hydrogen fuel-cell cars written by David Wenger, a German businessman whose company actually helped develop the powertrain of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell.

We also noted that the state treasurer has yet to sign off on Nevada's contributions to Faraday Future's plans for a billion-dollar electric car factory in North Las Vegas.

BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars using Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast charging

BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars using Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast charging

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On Tuesday, we looked at how a $2 billion VW diesel fine could be used for electric-car fast-charging infrastructure, with advice from a longtime advocate on some lessons learned and pitfalls to watch out for.

The Volkswagen diesel scandal generated other stories for us this week as well.

We looked at the buyback you get if you bought a VW diesel after September 18, the date the scandal became public. (TL/DR: You split it with the previous owner.)

And we covered what VW dealers will get out of the proposed settlement announced in late June. That would be: nothing.

Our article asking what owners get in the VW diesel buyback continued to be popular; with 466,000 owners out there, there remains a whole lot of confusion.

Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 (103EX) concept

Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 (103EX) concept

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Over the long U.S. holiday weekend, we looked at a futuristic electric car from Rolls-Royce, an old and historic brand.

And we covered the return of the Fisker Karma, an old luxury plug-in hybrid under a new name: Karma Revero.

Finally, Oklahoma can now claim to be the first state with natural-gas fueling stations along its entire system of Interstate highways.

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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