Which completely fictional electric car caused a stir on the Interwebs over the last few weeks?

And, what secret software are some Tesla cars running in real-world driving to help the company refine its future self-driving capabilities?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Steve Marsh's 2011 Nissan Leaf: 11 Months, 36,000 Miles

Steve Marsh's 2011 Nissan Leaf: 11 Months, 36,000 Miles

Friday, we updated a story from 2013 about a 2011 Nissan Leaf that had covered 100,000 miles of all-electric commuting in Washington state.

That car has now covered 150,000 miles for owner Steve Marsh on his 130-mile round-trip commute to his job at Taylor Shellfish.

That's fairly high for a five-year-old battery electric car, though a few months ago we covered a 2012 Chevrolet Volt that crossed 300,000 miles on an even longer commute.

On Thursday, we wrote about the discovery that Tesla Model S cars with the Autopilot self-driving capability are being used as real-time test vehicles to simulate new software that's not actually controlling the car.

Separately, we noted that the Tesla Motors system called "Autopilot" doesn't turn the Model S or Model X into an autonomous car, despite its name.

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

Wednesday, we connected readers to a profile of the two West Virginia University engineers who uncovered the data that led to EPA's announcement of the Volkswagen diesel-emission scandal.

By the way, negotiations between VW and the EPA are making good progress, according to the judge who imposed a June 21 deadline for details of a final proposed agreement to be issued.

On Tuesday, we did what's called in the media business an "explainer": an article that breaks down how Corporate Average Fuel Economy rules actually work.

That 54.5 miles per gallon figure you may have heard, for instance, translates to only 38 or 40 mpg on a vehicle's window sticker, for instance. But ... it's complicated.

We kicked off the week on Monday by writing about an entirely non-existent electric car, the Chevrolet Jolt EV.

Image of supposed Chevrolet Jolt EV electric coupe shown on ChevroletJoltEV.com website, May 2016

Image of supposed Chevrolet Jolt EV electric coupe shown on ChevroletJoltEV.com website, May 2016

It was the creation of a marketing executive and electric-car fan who wanted to show how easy it is to sell electric cars.

It's probably fair to say General Motors, which plans to release the actual, real Chevy Bolt EV later this year, was not particularly amused.

Over the weekend, we noted that now Nissan is selling a home energy-storage battery, just as Tesla Motors and Mercedes-Benz are.

Finally, we previewed the 2016 Isle of Man TT Zero electric motorcycle race, in which the latest generation of electric racing bikes gets closer and closer to competing straight across with their gasoline counterparts.

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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