Which long-challenged luxury electric car was finally, quietly euthanized by its maker?

And, what kind of new vehicle has inventor Nikola Tesla given his name to now?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, May 20, 2016.

Friday, we covered a class-action lawsuit against BMW concerning the behavior of the range-extending engine in its i3 REx electric car.

Under a few circumstances, it can't provide enough power to keep the car at steady highway speeds on long uphill stretches when fully loaded, often in extreme temperature conditions.

2017 BMW i3

2017 BMW i3

That's because the i3 REx is designed to meet California regulations that allow it to be deemed a zero-emission vehicle even though it has an engine.

On Thursday, we had an update to the number of Tesla Model 3 reservations received by the Silicon Valley electric-car maker.

According to information from its latest stock offering, Tesla has 373,000 Model 3 deposits after removing duplicates and speculators.

Wednesday, we covered news of the passing of a gorgeous but massively unsuccessful model: the Cadillac ELR range-extended electric luxury coupe.

We looked at what went wrong with the ELR, including its price (high), its positioning (in segments that are small to start with), and its marketing (highly offensive to some, though not all).

Nikola One natural gas-electric semi truck

Nikola One natural gas-electric semi truck

On Tuesday, we noted that the name of inventor Nikola Tesla is now being used on a second vehicle: the Nikola (NEEK-oh-la) One.

It's about as far from a Tesla luxury electric car as you can get, though: it's a semi truck powered by natural gas and electricity. Kinda cool-looking, too.

We kicked off the week on Monday with the news that sales of three large GM crossover SUVs had been halted because they had the wrong fuel-economy figures on their window stickers.

Subsequently, GM announced that owners of the affected vehicles would get gift cards to compensate them for extra money they may have had to spend on buying gas.

Over the weekend, we noted that Tesla hired a new vice president of production from Audi, after two production executives left the company recently.

His main job will be to get the Tesla Model 3 into high-volume production before the end of 2017, as the company has promised, while avoiding the quality issues that have plagued the company's early Model X electric crossover SUVs.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class

Finally, the fallout from the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal continues to spread.

The latest news is that the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d, the diesel version of its updated large luxury SUV, still isn't on sale because it hasn't yet been certified by the EPA.

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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