In our new feature, The Week In Reverse, we take a look back at the most significant story we published each day of the previous week--collating them all in a single article for you to review, ogle, ponder, or simply catch up on any you may have missed.
From electric cars to diesels and more, these are the stories we talked most about during the past week. Sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and dig in.
2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car owned by Tom Moloughney - in dealership showroom
We were delighted to have Tom Moloughney, the owner of the very first 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car, share his thoughts on the car with us just two days after it was delivered. Readers liked it too--it was one of our most successful Saturday articles ever.
Our writer Antony Ingram was able to spend some time behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, the eagerly-awaited crossover utility whose U.S. arrival date has been delayed until at least next year.
BMW ActiveE electric cars from test fleet after crushing, seen on CA 91, May 2014
A photo snapped by a friend of a BMW ActiveE driver that appeared on Facebook showed a trailer-load of the converted electric cars that had been crushed, presumably headed for the scrapyard. It sparked a mini-firestorm, causing BMW to issue a statement two days later explaining that the cars were not legal to sell in the U.S. and had to be disposed of.
The single access card announced just week earlier by Nissan, letting new Leaf electric-car buyers use any of four public charging-station networks with a single card, lost one of its partners just before the card was unveiled at an industry event--pointing out the great challenges of letting drivers "roam" among networks.
Even before Toyota relocates its U.S. operations from southern California to suburban Texas, it is not the largest auto-industry employer in California. That honor now belongs to electric-car startup Tesla Motors, based in Silicon Valley, which is now building tens of thousands of its Model S electric luxury sedan each year in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Volkswagen Gol and Saveiro, Brazilian flex-fuel vehicles
Ethanol has, at best, a mixed reputation as a biofuel in the United States. But the country of Brazil has incorporated it seamlessly into its fueling infrastructure--using a feedstock twice as productive as the corn used in the U.S.--and we were able to drive two different Volkswagens with seamless flex-fuel operation.
And, finally, a week ago today, we updated our ultimate guide to everything you need to know about the Ford Focus Electric, the battery-electric model of the popular Ford Focus compact hatchback. While it's sold in most of the U.S., it sells in such low volumes--and Ford is so publicly negative about it--that it's never risen to the level of competing with the Nissan Leaf, the world's most popular electric car.