Which luxury plug-in vehicle will soon have a plug-in version using parts from a minivan?

And, why is an unusual Toyota electric-car concept made of wood?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Friday, we wrote about a new electric-car concept vehicle, the Toyota Setsuna, the automaker that doesn't believe in battery-electric cars.

This one goes no more than 28 miles per hour, seats two, uses old-style lead-acid batteries ... and has a body made of wood. There is a reason, though.

Toyota Setsuna concept car, 2016 Milan Design Week

Toyota Setsuna concept car, 2016 Milan Design Week

On Thursday, we wrote about a new electric-car racing series that'll launch next year--using Tesla Model S P85+ sedans.

The races will take place on racing circuits, and use modified production cars, rather than Formula E's open-wheeled single-seaters.

How much range does an 85-kwh Model S have when driven to its limits? We'll find out.

Wednesday, we noted that the new Maserati Levante luxury SUV will offer a plug-in hybrid version within a couple of years.

Its electrified powertrain, however, will be derived from one in a considerably more prosaic vehicle: the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

We're betting that doesn't get mentioned in the marketing.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

On Tuesday, our writer Andrew Ganz explained how and why he was able to buy a new 2015 Nissan Leaf for a net price of about $8,500 after incentives.

He had to travel two hours from home to do it, and he lives in a state with a very generous electric-car purchase incentives. But still.

Monday, we wrote about one owner's project to make his old Pontiac Firebird more fuel-efficient by turning it into a hybrid.

This is no mere powertrain swap, however: The Firebird is being blended with the underpinnings of a Toyota Prius V wagon. It's worth the look.

Last weekend, we wrote about a Nissan video suggesting that your electric car may be a fuel station in the future.

And we closed the week on Friday with another video, this one made by a Tesla fan, that suggests that futurist Carl Sagan predicted Tesla's emergence in a speech he made way back in 1980.

2012 Chevrolet Volt crosses 300,000 miles, March 2016 [photo: owner Erick Belmer]

2012 Chevrolet Volt crosses 300,000 miles, March 2016 [photo: owner Erick Belmer]

Finally, if potential buyers worry about the long-term durability of electric cars, they may be reassured by a 2012 Chevrolet Volt that just crossed 300,000 miles with no apparently battery degradation.

Driven by a GM millwright who has a very long commute, the range-extended electric car has done about one-third of its miles on grid power--and delivered the rated 37 miles per gallon running on gasoline as well.

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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