Bolt EV sales start, Trump meets Musk, Prius Prime gas mileage: The Week in Reverse

First 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV buyers, Fremont, California: Bobby Edmonds, Bill Mattos, Steve Henry

First 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV buyers, Fremont, California: Bobby Edmonds, Bill Mattos, Steve Henry

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Which long-anticipated and long-range electric car went on sale this week (on schedule)?

How many climate-science deniers can president-elect Trump choose to run big federal agencies?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Friday, we wrote about an EPA-certified electric wagon rated at 187 miles of range—more than every other electric car except the Chevy Bolt EV or a Tesla.

Unfortunately, it’s forbidden fruit that you can’t buy. We explain what it is, and what its maker says about it.

Chinese battery electric crossover: BYD e6 test drive, Los Angeles, May 2012

Chinese battery electric crossover: BYD e6 test drive, Los Angeles, May 2012

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On Thursday, we reported on preparations for the first electric-car charging-station site in the country that’ll be capable of 350-kilowatt service, whenever that arrives.

It’s from EVgo, and it’s the first sign of the next generation of much, much faster DC quick-charging stations that are now being debated and standardized.

Wednesday, we analyzed how many Chevy Bolt EVs GM would have to sell to comply with California’s zero-emission vehicle requirements.

We concluded that Chevrolet will sell far more Bolt EVs than needed for compliance.

That may help put to rest the idea that the Bolt EV is only a compliance car.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car with Aerovironment EVSE-RS charging station

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car with Aerovironment EVSE-RS charging station

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On Tuesday, we discussed the 10- to 40-percent battery capacity loss mentioned in the Bolt EV owners manual, and noted that only under extreme circumstances would owners likely see anything close to the higher figure.

That same day, the first three Bolt EVs were actually delivered to their eager buyers at Fremont Chevrolet in the San Francisco Bay Area.

More than one observer noted Fremont is where Tesla Motors has its assembly plant. Ahem.

We kicked off the week on Monday with a report on the real-world gas mileage of the Toyota Prius Prime, which went on sale last month.

After four days and almost 300 miles in the plug-in hybrid, we found that it retains the virtues we discovered in our first drive, but—like all hybrids and plug-in cars—it’s sensitive to colder weather.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016

2017 Toyota Prius Prime, Catskill Mountains, NY, Nov 2016

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National politics played a big role in this week’s news. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, was invited to meet with president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday as part of a group of technology chiefs.

Musk was named to Trump’s “Strategic and Policy Forum” that day, along with fellow Silicon Valley CEO Travis Kalanick of Uber (who reportedly once offered to buy half a million electric cars from Tesla).

That forum also includes General Motors CEO Mary Barra. (We wonder what she and Musk might talk about.)

Trump appointed climate-science denier Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy, an entity Perry had vowed to eliminate altogether.

We suggested it’s likely that California will lead the green-car resistance to efforts to delay or eliminate emissions rules and fuel-economy standards.

The denial of accepted climate science by numerous Trump appointees, including EPA administrator nominee Scott Pruitt, may pose a greater challenge.

A piece of good news emerged on the climate front: global carbon emissions have been flat for three years running (though methane from agriculture is a huge problem).

Finally, we saw designs for two new fast, luxurious, long-range electric luxury sedans this week.

Lucid Motors revealed the design for its Air electric sedan, and Henrik Fisker released another teaser photo for his EMotion 400-mile electric car.

Both appear to be followed the Tesla playbook, though so far neither has said much about DC fast charging, a Tesla advantage.

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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