What defines a “green car” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, conventional hybrids, high-efficiency clean diesels, and smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Here’s a selection of their stories from last week.

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Green Car Reports took the U.S. Thanksgiving week off, but now it’s returned with a weekly roundup of various stories about green car news. The new 2015 Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover SUV that will go on sale soon; GCR spent some time driving it, and they’ll have to more to say about it next week.

Suppose you want to quit cigarettes; could an electric car help you do that? Believe it or not, there’s some evidence from Nissan Leaf owners that shows the electric car might just help you stop smoking. Seriously.

Car dealers mostly hate electric carmaker Tesla Motors for its direct sales to consumers over the Internet. But some auto dealer chains are learning new tricks from Tesla–at the same time that their lobbyists battle the auto startup in court cases across multiple states.

Workplace charging for electric cars is quietly spreading across corporate America, and now the DoE says that if you have charging at work, you may be up to 20 times more likely to buy a plug-in car than if you don’t.

Remember the old song about getting your kicks on Route 66? Now there’s a plan to install charging stations along the famed historic Route 66, meaning your kicks can come electrically if you like.

With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt set to be unveiled next month at the Detroit Auto Show, Green Car Reports updated its guide to what’s known about the range-extended electric car so far.

Encouraging signs from the corner office: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said addressing climate change must be a corporate humanitarian goal. But as oil prices fall to new lows, what effect will lower gas prices have on sales of more fuel-efficient green cars?

Finally, Green Car Reports published images of a new electric armored police car from China. This is one where words fail us. It’s.. it’s… well, you decide what you think it is.

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