Tesla Battery Life, Volvo Plug-In Hybrid, Fossil-Fuel Girlfriend: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Why are fossil fuels like your girlfriend?

And which carmaker will offer the world's very first seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUV?

This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, February 20, 2015.

Friday, we wrote about one business analyst who believes electric-car maker Tesla Motors will fail, and why.

Readers did not seem to be amused. The fact that he calls himself "a professional smack talker" likely didn't help.

Thursday, we published our First Drive report on the 2016 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid model.

It's officially called the T8 "Twin Engine," though we wish they'd call it "Dual Motor" instead. But that's a different issue.

The new XC90 is modest on the outside, but the luxurious seven-seat interior and tablet-like Sensus interface are pretty fantastic.

With around 400 horsepower and a remarkable 472 pound-feet of torque, the plug-in hybrid is fast when you need it to be, or all-electric for something like 20 miles.

We look forward to doing a full road test after the plug-in hybrid XC90 arrives in October.

We'll see competing models from BMW--the X5 plug-in hybrid we drove last spring--and Mercedes-Benz, with a plug-in hybrid GLE (it's the crossover formerly known as ML) around the same time.

On Wednesday, we noted that Ford plans to cut $900 from the prices of its Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid models.

With gas prices down, that's a smart way to keep sales of both models robust--and even the Energi plug-in hybrid has had some down months, as January's plug-in sales report showed.

Tuesday, our Tesla-owning author David Noland looked at what we've learned to date about Tesla battery life.

Let's just say that so far, the news is pretty good.

We kicked off the week on Monday with a story on a truly bizarre Valentine's Day video, issued by a DC PR and lobbying firm with oil and gas clients.

It explained that adorable, helpful fossil fuels are like your girlfriend, and you'll be miserable if you break up with them.

That's what evil environmentalists want you to do, it says, and they blame poor innocent little fossil fuels for "everything bad in the world."

Seriously. Go watch it. We're not joking.

As one reader asked, "If they're doing something this weird, does that mean they're getting scared?"

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