Tesla Drags, Toyota Irony, Audi Electric SUV: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Which pastime has our 71-year-old contributor George Parrott taken up in his new Tesla?

And, what irony is China's aggressive electric-car promotion forcing on Toyota?

This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, May 1, 2015.

Friday, we ended the week with an unusual personal story.

Our contributor George Parrott, a semi-retired California college professor, has been driving electric cars for several years now.

He recently traded in his first Tesla Model S for the latest, highest-performance P85D version.

Now, it turns out, George has discovered drag racing in his Tesla. His car's 3-second 0-to-60-mph time has dispatched some pretty pricey and prestigious competitors.

He sent us both video and photos, not only of the car lined up at the starting lights but even of his timing slips.

Hey, it's great to find new hobbies in retirement, right?

Thursday, we reported on the pricing and trim packages of the new 2016 Honda HR-V subcompact SUV.

The new crossover goes on sale in two weeks, starting at just $20,000, and it has some of the highest gas-mileage ratings of any small utility vehicle.

On Wednesday, we previewed Tesla's "big bet" on battery energy storage for home and business installations.

(We also covered the details of what was dubbed the Tesla Powerwall offerings once they were announced on Thursday night.)

Tuesday, we looked at a report from an energy conference suggesting that the oil industry may "lose control" of the auto industry.

That same day, we noted an irony stemming from China's aggressive electric-car policies: They are forcing Toyota to build electric cars despite the company's dislike of that technology.

Instead, the company feels that its line of hybrids plus its upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell cars, like the 2016 Toyota Mirai, are the way to save fuel and offer zero-emission vehicles.

On Monday, in fact, we covered statements by a Toyota executive that electric cars simply won't work for long-distance travel--regardless of DC quick-charging stations.

Well, that may or may not prove to be the case, but Audi for one is planning to launch its own luxury electric car within three or four years.

It will be called the Audi e-tron, and it'll be a sporty coupe-like crossover utility vehicle. Gee, sounds a bit like a competitor for the Tesla Model X, don't you think?

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Audi e-Tron Quattro Concept, first unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, was long expected to carry the Q6 designation when it launched as a production vehicle in 2018 or later. In October 2016, however, Audi said the production version would be called simply Audi e-tron. We have updated this article accordingly.]

While we're on all things Tesla--and it was a week with a lot of Tesla news--we looked at whether the Tesla Model 3 200-mile compact electric car will arrive on schedule in 2017.

We're not necessarily betting against it, but we also noted that Tesla hasn't yet managed to deliver a car on the date it first announced.

Right now, we'd put it at about a 50-50 chance.

Meanwhile, George Parrott is having a whole heck of a lot of fun in his Tesla P85D. Hey ... anybody wanna drag?

[Video footage of Tesla drag racing supplied by Eugen Dunlap and Bruce Aldrich]

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