Which electric-car naysayer may have relented, at least just a tiny bit?

What will Volkswagen do with the TDI diesel cars it's about to start buying back?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Friday, we updated our report on October electric-car sales, which stayed steady as buyers appear be waiting for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2017 Toyota Prius Prime to arrive.

As always, Tesla refused to provide sales data in a comparable format to other automakers. A decent proportion of survey respondents think Tesla should release its numbers.

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap

With one settlement agreement in the VW diesel emission scandal now signed, the company will start to buy back almost half a million 2.0-liter TDI diesel vehicles.

What will it do with them? The answers may not be what you think.

Owners, meanwhile, can choose from a growing array of carmaker deals aimed at TDI drivers who are about to give up their car.

Wednesday, Nissan released the Note e-Power hybrid hatchback.

It uses a small gasoline engine to generate electricity that powers the car through a Leaf electric-car motor.

Known as a series hybrid (versus a Prius-style parallel hybrid), it's an innovative approach and gives an electric-car-like driving experience.

Nissan Note e-Power hybrid

Nissan Note e-Power hybrid

On Tuesday, we got our first look at the Fisker EMotion all-electric luxury car.

Designer Henrik Fisker's new company released renderings of the sleek sedan with butterfly doors.

We kicked off the week on Monday with the startling news that Toyota says it can now make electric cars, because it has "tamed" lithium-ion battery packs.

It's still fully invested in its Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, but is this the first crack in the company's utter intransigence on the question of battery-electric vehicles?

And Fisker's not the only electric-car startup releasing teasers; Faraday Future did the same, issuing a video of its all-electric crossover (in camouflage).

That car will debut in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Province of Quebec in Canada

Province of Quebec in Canada

Finally, as California goes, so goes ... Quebec? The Canadian province because the first in the nation to adopt its own zero-emission vehicle sales mandates.

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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