Who answered questions from French university students about renewable energy and the climate--and gave us our longest article ever?

And, how long does Mercedes-Benz think it will be before long-range electric cars are both desirable and profitable?

This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, December 11, 2015.

Friday, we noted that mysterious billion-dollar electric-car startup Faraday Future has apparently chosen Las Vegas as the site for its car assembly plant.

We'll learn more about Faraday in three weeks, when it holds a big press event at the Consumer Electronics Show in ... Las Vegas.

On Thursday, we covered the only product news from a Ford press event that included a lengthy discussion about "reimagining how to create future vehicle user experiences."

The company said the 2017 Ford Focus Electric will go from 76 to about 100 miles of range, and get CCS fast-charging as well.

That puts it roughly on par with this year's Nissan Leaf, and considerably behind the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV 200-mile electric car that will launch at about the same time.

Wednesday, we published an analysis of data submitted to Plug-In America that may concern owners of the earliest 2012 and 2013 Tesla Model S cars.

The bottom line is that the data suggests that two-thirds of those cars' drivetrains may ultimately need to be replaced within 60,000 miles.

Troubling, eh? We asked Tesla a number of detailed questions to put the study and the results into context. It chose to answer none of them.

On Tuesday, we covered Tesla CEO Elon Musk's speech at the COP21 global climate summit in Paris.

Musk's message to students at the Sorbonne was that carbon emissions need to be priced to reflect their true cost to society.

We're proud to have published the entire transcript of both Musk's talk and the ensuing Q-and-A. At 13 pages, it's by far the longest article we've ever run.

Monday, we spent some time with a Mercedes-Benz product executive during a drive of the updated large seven-seat luxury SUV now known as the GLS.

He explained how Mercedes views the electric-car segment, and when it thinks long-range electric cars will be both desirable and profitable.

Hint: Not for a while yet.

Finally, over the weekend, we posted our video road test of the new 2016 models of the Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt, with our verdict on how they compare.

That one turned out to be a very popular article, indicating the interest in both cars, which hadn't been redesigned since 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Finally, that footage you saw from the Austrian Alps? That was from our drive in the new GLS.

Hey, we get to have a little fun here!

Until next week, this has been the Green Car Reports Week in Reverse update.


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