Why did General Motors pick a name for its upcoming electric car that could perplex Spanish speakers?

And what do a lot of people fail to realize about BMW's next-generation Power eDrive plug-in hybrid system?

This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Friday, we covered last weekend's Shell Eco Marathon, in which high-school and college teams compete to get the most distance out of 1 gallon of gasoline.

Several other fuels are eligible as well--including batteries for electric cars.

But while the vehicles themselves are pretty far from anything you'd want to drive on public roads, we were intrigued.

On Thursday, we noted that Chevrolet has confirmed that its upcoming 200-mile electric car will be named the Bolt EV. That's Bolt-with-a-B, not Volt-with-a-V.

We think that's a really terrible name, for reasons we've explained a few times now. Spanish speakers, and anyone with a surname starting with either B or V, will know why.

Wednesday saw us publish our drive report of the new base-level Tesla Model S 70D.

With its 70-kilowatt-hour battery pack and Dual-Motor all-wheel drive, it has a range of 240 miles (compared to its predecessor's 208 miles) and built-in Supercharging as well.

It's only $5,000 pricier for all that, meaning that the least expensive Tesla is now $75,000--before Federal, state, local, and corporate incentives.

Tuesday we noted that the 2015 Chevy Spark EV electric minicar now has a new lower price and incentives on top of that to cut its cost in the three states where it's sold.

Those would be California, Oregon, and now Maryland (which also legalized Tesla sales this week). The Spark EV will go on sale in three Canadian provinces this year too.

Oh, and the 2016 Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe got a $10,000 price cut and a power boost the next day as well.

We opened the week on Monday by looking at rumors of a future BMW plug-in hybrid that runs most of the time on electricity alone.

And we discussed why that's more important than many people seem to realize.

Finally, over the weekend, we looked at a new lease offer on remaining 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class electric cars.

We suggested that it might just be the best electric-car lease out there right now.


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