Which large factory hasn't quite lived up to its projections for jobs or investment as yet?

And, what do we see as the biggest electric-car trends between now and 2020?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Friday was just two days before Super Bowl Sunday, and we wrote about an unlikely car that will be advertised during the event that will transfix large portions of North America.

That would be the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid, which its maker will advertise under the slogan, "Heck on Wheels." OK, then.

On Thursday, we noted that the eagerly anticipated debut of the $35,000, 200-mile Tesla Model 3 next month might not be a car at all.

In a comment by CEO Elon Musk that was much debated among readers, it's possible that it might be only pictures, or photos, or renderings, or a partial view. We'll find out soon.

(As it turns out, Tesla also hasn't quite lived up to its projections for jobs and investment at the gigafactory battery plant outside Reno, Nevada.)

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV - 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV - 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

Wednesday, we dug into the details of the collaboration between GM and LG Chem during development of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car.

Some readers suggested that GM had essentially handed over design and manufacturing to the Korean battery maker, so we laid out who did what.

We were also able to sit down with Denise Gray, the new CEO of LG Chem Power, and get her perspective on the industry.

On Tuesday, we stepped back and put on our industry analyst hat, to look at the top six trends in plug-in electric cars from now through 2020.

While regular readers may well be familiar with them, more occasional visitors seemed to find the roundup useful--and comments came hot and heavy.

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

We started the week on Monday by reporting that supplier Bosch has denied culpability in the still-unfolding Volkswagen diesel emission scandal.

But the maker of injection systems and other diesel components pointed the finger right at VW, even as it investigates its own conduct.

That scandal has eroded public trust in German industry, and in automakers at large as well, according to a new survey.

We also wrote about a video showing the test equipment that allowed investigators to discover the vastly higher on-road emissions from affected Volkswagen TDI diesels.

And in breaking news, Volkswagen has postponed its scheduled April 21 annual shareholder's meeting, although it said it will still release its report on the scandal that day.

Over the weekend, we noted that Chicago will add dozens electric transit buses to its city bus fleet after prototypes came through revenue-service tests with flying colors.

Proposed AECOM Hyperloop test track

Proposed AECOM Hyperloop test track

Finally, remember Elon Musk's off-the-cuff idea for the Hyperloop, a very high-speed pressurized transit system to shoot people between cities in airtight pods?

Turns out that there'll be not one, not two, but now three separate Hyperloop test tracks to be built.

Those were our main stories this week; we'll see you again next week. Until then, this has been the Green Car Reports Week in Reverse update.


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