Which famous race driver turns out to love driving his electric car around London?

And, what really gigantic object did a drone fly over, and shoot video of, last weekend?

This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, May 22, 2015.

Friday, we covered some news on the next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid.

The engine will reach 40 percent thermal efficiency, Toyota said at a conference this week, making it the most efficient gasoline engine in the world.

(Current Prius owners, meanwhile, seem to be suffering a spate of battery thefts in the San Francisco Bay Area.)

2015 Nissan Leaf

2015 Nissan Leaf

On Thursday, we gave you our best effort at a primer on what you need to know about electric-car charging.

We covered the different types of charging; the differences in charging among home, work, and public stations; and a few tips on etiquette to boot--so we can all just get along.

Wednesday, we reported that there's a new incentive for owners of 2012 and 2013 Nissan Leaf electric cars to buy out their leases.

It amounts to $5,000 off the residual value, and it poses a challenge for Leaf lessees: Buy the car outright, or wait for longer-range electric cars in the next two years?

On Tuesday, we covered an online calculator to see if the new Tesla Powerwall batteries for home-energy storage would actually pay off in your own home.

It depends largely on what you pay for electricity, and most North Americans won't find it economical just yet.

By the way: Do you actually know what you pay per kilowatt-hour? Most people haven't a clue.

Tesla gigafactory as photographed by drone, May 17, 2015 [screen capture from YouTube video]

Tesla gigafactory as photographed by drone, May 17, 2015 [screen capture from YouTube video]

Monday, we kicked off the week with video taken from a drone flying over the Tesla Motors battery gigafactory that's being built outside Reno, Nevada.

It's big. Really big. Really, really big. And the video shows just a portion of the final structure.

Last weekend, we wrote that the chief marketer of GM's luxury brand admitted the $75,000 price of the Cadillac ELR had been too high. (It's now $65,000.)

He called it an overestimate; several of our readers had pithier descriptions of the decision.

Finally, can you guess which world-famous race car driver turns out to own and drive an electric car?

We'll give you a hint: He's the greatest driver who's never won a Formula 1 championship.

The answer is Sir Stirling Moss, who zips around London in his Renault Twizy.

He did say, however, that he wanted it to have a bit more power. Over to you, Renault.


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