What electric car will get a 50-percent larger battery capacity for 2017—and a range of over 100 miles as a result?
And, which completely non-green cars did we have a blast driving at high rates of speed around a Phoenix race track?
This is our look back at the Week In Reverse–right here at Green Car Reports–for the week ending on Friday, March 6, 2016.
Friday, we explained exactly how the 3.0-liter V-6 TDI diesel engines cheated to make Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen luxury sedans and SUVs comply with EPA emission tests.
The EPA report is damning, and it only adds another aspect to the bad news that continues to accumulate in the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal.
Consumer Reports tests 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel in ‘cheat mode,’ October 2015
On Thursday, we reported on plug-in electric car sales for April. The Chevy Volt did well; the Nissan Leaf, not so much.
As for our neighbor to the north, Canada’s electric-car sales last month were led by deliveries of the Tesla Model S that our writer could only call ludicrous. (Tesla pun alert, ahem.)
Wednesday saw us look at how other carmakers bought back cars, as Volkswagen TDI owners continue to wait for full details on the VW-EPA agreement covering 482,000 diesel cars, sold from 2009 through 2015, that was announced the prior week.
On Tuesday, we updated a previous report on the EPA’s request to Mitsubishi that it retest all 2013 through 2017 models after the company admitted it had used the wrong test procedures in Japan for more than 20 years.
The company said it had confirmed that “fuel-economy testing data for these U.S. market vehicles is accurate and complies with established EPA procedures.”
2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in Plum Crazy purple
Monday, we channeled a famous line from the 1970s BBC show Monty Python’s Flying Circus: “And now for something completely different.”
That would be our report from a day at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, behind the wheel of Dodge SRT Hellcats and Vipers.
We had fun. 🙂
Over the weekend, specifications of the updated 2017 BMW i3 electric car broke and we had them all.
A new 33-kilowatt-hour battery pack raises the range from 81 miles to roughly 114 miles in the all-electric version, and the range-extended version will get that pack and more gas-tank capacity as well, though no ratings were released for it.
Finally, two different networks of electric-car charging stations announced new funding this week.
ChargePoint got more cash, while the big electric utility NRG effectively spun out its EVgo network to a new majority investor.
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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