May Deals, VW Plug-In Sports Car, Tesla Update: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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We round up green-car deals for the month, Volkswagen teases what it could do with a high-performance plug-in, and Tesla hints about its future. It’s the week in Reverse for Friday, May 15, 2015, right here at Green Car Reports.

This week, we brought you drive reports for both the 2015 Ford Focus EcoBoost—that’s the one with the little turbocharged three-cylinder engine under the hood—and the 2015 Chevrolet Trax small SUV.

Going by pricing and incentives, we laid out some of the best deals on hybrid, electric, and diesel cars for this month. And on the deal front, if you’re in Colorado and looking for a good deal on an EV, you’re lucky. The state’s electric-car purchase tax credit can apply to used EVs.

While auto-show season is pretty much over until fall, that didn’t stop VW from rolling out a new concept car this week. With a carbon-fiber body and an all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid powertrain—and a 174-mph top speed—it might be a look ahead to the shape of performance cars five or more years from now.

And there have already been more Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles leased in the U.S. than any other hydrogen-powered vehicle. We caught up with some early lessees on their experiences so far.

We dealt with some other truly geeky questions and issues this week. Don’t count on us for any less. For instance, we reported that you can’t assume biofuels are carbon neutral, passed along an excellent report on why BMW’s efforts to save fuel through smart alternator use is actually killing batteries, and, perhaps for newbies, looked at why charging an electric car can take more energy than your battery officially holds.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission weighed in on Michigan’s revision to franchise laws in order to make Tesla’s sales model illegal, and called it “protectionism”—and Tesla owners were expected to stage a rally this weekend, protesting the state’s actions.

Late last week, Tesla Motors hosted a quarterly business call, and CEO Elon Musk answered a lot of questions, and made some hints, about the company’s new direction as a battery or energy storage company. Whether you’re looking for an update on the timeline for the Tesla Model X, or you’re still wondering about Powerwall and Powerpack, you’ll want to check that out.

Patent applications filed by Porsche indicate that, despite recent denials from executives, the German sports-car maker is working on a rival to the Tesla Model S. It looks like both all-electric and fuel-cell models are being considered.

And yes, certain forms of motorsport—drifting, for example—can apply to electric cars, too. Take a look at this, and tell us, like many already have: Does it send the wrong message, or will it get more people a little more likely to think about plugging in?

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