Electric SUVs in Tokyo, next Prius V hybrid, plug-in sales, VW vs Tesla, Model 3 parts: The Week in Reverse

Which carmaker sold 10,000 cars with plugs in September? (No, not Tesla, or Nissan, or GM ….)

How many stories this week did we have that explained crossover utility vehicles are the big thing these days?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, October 20, 2017.

Friday, we covered some worrisome news on everyone’s favorite Silicon Valley electric-car startup: parts orders for the Tesla Model 3 were slashed by 40 percent starting in December. Discussion ensued.

We also had a video showing that most people interviewed at random have almost no idea what electricity is or how it works—let alone what they pay for a kilowatt-hour, as we’ve learned.

Frame from man-on-the-street interviews on electricity, utilities by E-Source LLC, 2011 [YouTube]

Frame from man-on-the-street interviews on electricity, utilities by E-Source LLC, 2011 [YouTube]

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On Thursday, we noted that an Oklahoma court ruled that added fees just on those cars were instituted in a way that was unconstitutional.

On the other hand, that state’s former attorney general—who now runs the EPA—will axe an emissions rule that the trucking industry supports, except for one specific type of maker. (Guess who won.)

Wednesday, press days at the Tokyo Motor Show opened, and electric SUVs seemed to be a theme. One was the Nissan IMx electric crossover utility concept, which previews a new electric-car platform and signals an upcoming product.

Another was the Mitsubishi e-Evolution crossover utility, which was big, brash, and noticeable to say the least.

On Tuesday, we detailed how regulators have approved modifications to certain VW Group 3.0-liter V-6 TDI diesel engines used in Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen vehicles—but only some of them.

We also asked a question: Which carmaker sold 10,000 cars with plugs last month alone? Hint: It wasn’t Tesla. Or Nissan. Or Chevrolet.

We kicked off the week on Monday by highlighting that Arizona became the eighth western state to join in planning and launching a fast-charging network along the highways that link them.

Also, the 2019 Toyota Prius V hybrid will become a crossover utility vehicle—or at least look like one—according to new spy shots.

Over the weekend, we detailed how luxury launches are bringing electric propulsion into waterways.

Meanwhile, companies that feel threatened sometimes attack, and VW Group executives have gone after Tesla of late, including questioning its social conscience.

2019 Toyota Prius V spy shot excerpt - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2019 Toyota Prius V spy shot excerpt – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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That’s an interesting suggestion from executives of a company that paid more than $25 billion—thus far—for deliberately lying to multiple national govenrments around the world over its diesel emission scandal, with more potentially to come.

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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Nino Plevnik

I am an electric cars lover. I love our planet and want to leave it in good condition to our children. One of the good ways to do this is to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. As a technical person I worked on computers, hardware maintenance and programming. Otherwise I like advanced technologies, music, books, movies, life and nice weather.

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