Why is Senator Harry Reid a new convert to electric-car incentives? And, are you part of what Toyota calls the "bold few" who will usher in a zero-emission future?

This is the Week In Reverse for Friday, September 26, 2014, right here at Green Car Reports.

Friday, we covered a comment by former GM product czar Bob Lutz that Tesla will remain a "fringe brand" until it launches its planned Model 3 car a few years hence.

We'll let you be the judge of that, but Lutz does get a certain amount of street cred for being the champion of the Chevy Volt range-extended electric car.

On Thursday, we pointed out that cheaper lease deals are starting to appear for the 2014 BMW i3 electric car, which has now been on sale for five months.

Wednesday, we looked at the new competition for the 2016 Toyota Prius, which will be launched sometime next year.

Unlike the current generation, Toyota's next quintessential hybrid will likely have to compete with some ultra-efficient diesels, as well as more efficient gasoline cars.

Plus, its cutting-edge technology laurels have now been usurped by plug-in electric cars.

On Tuesday, we got a look at the updated Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, via a concept crossover that will appear at the Paris Motor Show. We'll see it arrive in the U.S. next year, as a 2016 model.

Monday, we analyzed a new Toyota ad about its upcoming Fuel Cell Sedan. It suggested that you're either part of the "bold few" who support hydrogen-fueled vehicles, or you're a "handbrake" on progress.

Much discussion ensued. In fact, we've gotten 700 comments--so far.

And finally, on Sunday, we noted that influential Nevada senator Harry Reid wants to expand Federal support for electric cars.

We're sure it's purely a coincidence that, earlier in the month, Reid's state was announced as the location for Tesla's battery gigafactory--for which Nevada will provide up to $1.3 billion in incentives.

Nothing to see here, folks. Move along now.


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