How many reservations had come in for the planned 215-mile, $35,000 Tesla Model 3 electric car a day after the unveiling?
And, who are the “other victims” in the ongoing Volkswagen diesel-emissions cheating scandal?
This is our look back at the Week In Reverse–right here at Green Car Reports–for the week ending on Friday, April 1, 2016.
Friday (and, to be honest, most of the week), it was all about the Tesla Model 3 electric car, and the unveiling that took place Thursday night in California.
Green Car Reports was there, and we summarized what we know about the 215-mile, $35,000 Model 3 and brought you a video of our ride in the prototype.
On Thursday, buyers in Melbourne and Sydney were the first to put in their Model 3 reservations as lines formed outside dozens of Tesla Stores worldwide.
Our Tesla-owning author David Noland wrote about being one of 250 people waiting in line to reserve a Model 3. He was in Santa Barbara, where the line ultimately stretched to 250 people.
Our very popular article explaining how to reserve a Model 3, both at stores and online, included Tesla’s explanation of how orders would be filled and cars would be allocated once production started.
(Over the weekend, we showed the actual Tesla Model 3 Reservation Agreement, so potential electric-car buyers could see what they’d be agreeing to.)
It all seems to have worked: late Friday night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that global Model 3 reservations were up to 232,000 cars.
In other news, we covered the plight of U.S. Volkswagen dealers, whose sales have been hammered by the diesel scandal and who are stuck with unhappy customes and TDI diesel cars they can’t sell.
The U.S. Volkswagen dealers took their case to VW headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, and are waiting for a response to decide if they plan to sue the company. They want reparations for their loss of business.
Those same dealers, and their lobbyists, may be on the other side of a different lawsuit.
Wednesday, we wrote that Tesla is considering a Federal suit over state laws that ban the company’s direct-to-consumer online sales.
On Tuesday, we published our video preview of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, the 22-mile plug-in hybrid version of the new Prius. Check it out.
Monday, we noted the six-month anniversary of the VW diesel scandal, and then asked what we’ve learned about Volkswagen and its diesels over the ensuing months.
The Federal Trade Commission, by the way, sued VW for false advertising—remember all that marketing for the benefits of “clean diesel”?
Finally, we covered an ongoing discussion over whether electric cars will cause oil prices to crash. Some argue yes, some say no. It’s a fascinating debate.
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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