Which climate-science denier has been tapped to run an agency he repeatedly sued for attempting to enforce its own rules?

What does the Chevy Bolt EV owners manual have to tell us about the 238-mile electric car that goes on sale this month?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, December 9, 2016.

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap

Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap

Friday, we reported that the European Union is taking legal action against seven of its member nations, including Germany and the U.K., for failing to enforce their own emission rules on diesel vehicles sold in each country.

The action comes after new revelations of laxness and collusion on the part of German regulators in particular to assist the country's automakers.

On Thursday, it became abundantly clear that president-elect Donald Trump supports fossil-fuel interests and does not believe in the scientific consensus of climate change.

He picked Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, a man who not only denies climate change but has sued the EPA multiple times for attempting to enforce emissions rules.

Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, 2014

Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, 2014

(Earlier in the week, auto-industry lobbyists had failed to overturn EPA emissions rules through 2025—but it's likely not the last time the industry will attempt to overturn them.)

Wednesday, we offered up a way for our readers to get a copy of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV owners manual, to see for themselves what the car has to offer.

The first units of Chevy's 238-mile electric hatchback were sent on their way to dealers in California and Oregon last week; first sales will occur this month.

On Tuesday, we explained why one city in Finland thinks it's ideal for the next Tesla Gigafactory to make lithium-ion cells and battery packs for electric cars.

Hint: It has something to do with supplies of raw lithium.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

We kicked off the week on Monday by noting that exactly 20 years ago that day, the first 40 lessees received their GM EV1 electric cars.

Looking back at 20 years of modern electric cars, from the EV1 to the Chevy Bolt EV, we covered some lessons learned and gazed into our crystal ball about the future.

Over the weekend we updated our plug-in electric car sales report for November. It was a good month.

We also noted that while carmakers reflexively right any new regulations, they seem to have met CAFE rules just fine—without any of the predicted dire effects.

Buick Velite concept, 2016 Guangzhou auto show

Buick Velite concept, 2016 Guangzhou auto show

Finally, we updated our article about the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid being sold in China as the Buick Velite.

That name, previously used on a large convertible design study, has now been applied to an entirely new five-door hatchback concept car on Volt underpinnings. It's intriguing.

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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