What do Russia and Texas turn out to have in common?
And, how many electric cars did China build, just in June alone--and why isn't it quite as major as it sounds?
This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, July 10, 2015.
Friday, we looked at two different places where buyers desperate want to have Tesla Model S electric cars--but can't get them, at least officially.
Those would be Russia and Texas. In Russia, wealthy oligarchs love the fast, sleek, electric luxury sedans, but Tesla Motors has no official operations in the country. There are those sanctions, y'know.
But in Texas, Tesla was able to open another display gallery. Not that the company can help anyone buy a car in any way there, of course. The state legislature has twice failed to act on bills that would allow Tesla to sell in Texas. Perhaps in 2017?
Thursday was a win-one, lose-one day. Buyers in Oregon and Washington won by gaining access to Kia Soul EVs, which will be sold in those states as 2016 models. (A few dealers will get DC quick-charging stations too.)
But we appear to be losing the low-volume and largely failed Honda CR-Z hybrid sport coupe, which now has higher incentives for dealers to sell a very large remaining stock of the last car to use Honda's old mild-hybrid system.
On Wednesday, we saw images of the updated Stella solar family car project, which can seat four and still produce more energy than it uses under some conditions. It's far from production-ready, but it's a great inspiration.
Tuesday we covered two BMW hydrogen fuel-cell prototypes, including a cool-looking modified BMW i8. The German luxury maker says any hydrogen vehicles won't go on sale until "after 2020"--unlike its partner Toyota.
We kicked off the week on Monday with weekend news that the Solar Impulse electric airplane had landed in Hawaii, completing the longest and most hazardous leg of its round-the-world flight.
And on the weekend itself, we debunked the widely-held idea that economy cars of previous decades--like the Chevrolet Chevette, for instance--got better gas mileage than today's fuel-efficient small cars. Turns out they're not even close.
Finally, we looked at Chinese production figures for battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars in June. There were 25,000 built--but the comparison to U.S., Japanese, and European figures isn't as straightforward as it sounds.
We've had a lot of rain where we are, but we hope you're enjoying nice warm weather (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, anyhow), continuing to drive green, and finding our site useful.
Until next week, happy summer!