Bolt EV risks, VW diesel emissions, Tesla sues Michigan, are you a baller? The Week in Reverse

Which additional language now proves to cause confusion between the Chevy Volt and the Chevy Bolt EV?

And why does VW come out looking like a (relative) hero on diesel engines in Europe?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Friday, we noted that following Michigan’s denial of a dealership license to Tesla motors, the electric-car maker had now sued the state over its franchise laws.

The company argues that the state law forbidding carmakers from selling their vehicles directly to consumers is unconstitutional.

Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

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We also noted that the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox crossover utility vehicle will offer an optional diesel engine.

On Thursday, we covered a startling new marketing campaign by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Do you know what a “baller” is? Do you want to be one for clean energy? We explained … and cringed.

Wednesday, we considered a question that arises in the wake of reports last month saying that an all-electric version of the next BMW 3-Series sedan is coming, probably followed by electric options for other mainstream vehicles as well.

If that’s the case, then what happens to the BMW ‘i’ sub-brand, launched with much fanfare several years ago?

On Tuesday, we covered a shocking report released on the first anniversary of the VW diesel scandal.

It suggested that diesel vehicles from every European maker except VW actually pollute more than the latest ones from Volkswagen.

We kicked off the week on Monday by noting California’s decision to remove limits on carpool-lane access for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The decision to issue unlimited green stickers will likely be a boost for the Chevy Volt, the upcoming Toyota Prius Prime, and other new-generaiton plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Over the weekend, we noted that Korean buyers face confusion over Volt and Bolt EV names—an issue we had highlighted back in January 2015 when the Bolt name was first announced.

Finally, while last week may have been the week of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, with a 238-mile range announcement and then our first drive report, the news continued this week with Chevy’s release of Bolt EV pricing.

We also looked at just what could go wrong for the Bolt EV, summarizing concerns articulated by many parties who are eager for the Bolt EV to succeed but worried over aspects of its launch.

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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