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Sebastian Blanco

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Sebastian Blanco has been editing and writing for AutoblogGreen since its inception in April 2006. He has 20 years of experience as a freelance writer and editor, and has appeared on the BBC, NPR and many other news outlets discussing clean automotive technologies.

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    Video: There's a familiar ring to this 1966 video of GM's hydrogen ElectroVan
    Also: A Look Back At Green Cars From The 1994 Chicago Auto Show 1418921820

    "What we need is fuel cells that can run on a hydrocarbon fuel and air." It can be fun and educational to revisit the past as we look into the future. While we do have cars that plug in today, the first big batch of hydrogen powered vehicles is not yet arrived (but the Hyundai Tucson Fuel ...

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    Video: New Toyota Mirai videos continue questionable hydrogen claims
    Ad Says H2 Car Has 'Smaller Carbon Footprint' Than EVs 1418860800

    "Toyota engineers were simultaneously working on a brand new technology that met all the driver's needs with an even smaller carbon footprint." Toyota has released a number of new promotional videos for the hydrogen-powered 2016 Mirai. Most are exactly what you'd expect: pretty, full of ...

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    Study: Only five* countries will sell over 10,000 EVs in 2014
    Sales Remain 'Geographically Inconsistent' 1418659380

    While 2014 has been a big year for plug-in vehicle sales – the biggest ever, in fact – the overall numbers are still small. In fact, a new study by The Research Capsule says that sale are "geographically inconsistent" and that only five countries will end the year with more than ...

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    Official: Car2go now has 1,000,000 members
    12,000 Carsharing Vehicles Have Gone 136 Million Miles 1418565360

    Turns out, 1,000,000 people sharing 12,000 cars can have a big impact. Now that Car2go has claimed the seven-digit member figure (disclosure: I'm one of those million), the Daimler-owned carsharing company is, ahem, sharing a few figures in the traditional infographic format. Click the image ...

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    BMW readies EV, hydrogen updates for 2015 Detroit Auto Show
    ChargeNow, ParkNow And DriveNow Will All See Enhancements 1418477340

    BMW's stand at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show will be the place to go for updates. News about advances in electric vehicle infrastructure, hydrogen fuel cells (maybe) and BMW's suite of connected vehicles app things will all make an appearance at the show next month. Let's start with what we know ...

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    Smart offers $75 lease deal to Car2go users in San Diego
    That's For The Pure Model; The Passion Is A Whopping $99 A Month 1418259360

    If you've been saving money by sharing a car instead of buying your own, then maybe you have enough left over to go lease one. Because if there's anything that sharing a car should teach you, it's to want your own, right? We're confused, too. Whatever the reasoning, Car2go users in San Diego are ...

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    Study: Underground hydrogen infrastructure could lower costs
    Maybe 1418216460

    There's a huge international infrastructure dedicated to putting gasoline and diesel fuel into our cars. A nationwide infrastructure for electric vehicles also exists, even if it could be beefed up a bit in some areas. But when it comes to hydrogen cars, the infrastructure hows and wheres and ...

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    Report: Tesla stock drops on fear that comes with low gas prices [w/video]
    TSLA Goes Down, Then Back Up, Then Who Knows? 1418169600

    Tesla's stock price was down to around $206 earlier today, but it's back up to over $216 now. Friday, it closed at over $223. Some stock blogs are saying the price could go as low as $165 in the not-too-distant future. What's behind these wild swings that CNBC's Phil LeBeau calls, "the worst ...

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    Report: Toyota spending $168 million to make more Mirai fuel cell vehicles
    Overall Sales Predictions Are Still Small 1418149800

    The last semi-official number we had for pre-orders for the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle was around 200. But demand is strong enough that Toyota is saying that it will spend 20 billion yen ($168 million US) to expand annual production capacity at the "secretive workshop" where the Mirai ...

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    Official: PC010 ST is a plug-in Predator you can drive on the street *UPDATE
    Street Legal Formula-Style Racer Now Up For Crowdfunding 1418129820

    UPDATE: Looks like there's been a last-minute name change. Instead of the Predator's PC010 ST, this vehicle is now the Egoista Motors' EM01 Stradale Project. Check out the live crowdfunding campaign here and the Facebook page here. It may look like a somewhat squashed Formula 1 race car, but the ...

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    Report: VW invests in QuantumScape for potentially fireproof, long-range EV batteries
    First Application Could Be Mid-2015 1418058960

    VW might be getting ready to push its plug-in technology in a big way thanks to an investment in the battery startup QuantumScape. Key point: the solid-state battery is said to be fireproof and will offer tremendous range advantages. Details are not abundant yet, but according to Bloomberg, VW ...

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    Exclusive: Nissan, Kia spending big to promote EVs, Chevy stays conservative on Volt
    Football, Rachel Maddow Fans Among Most Engaged By 'Kick Gas' 1417822200

    With 22 months of record Leaf sales under its zero-emission belt, Nissan has started two big ad campaigns for the battery-powered Leaf. On TV, there's the Kick Gas campaign (it's a popular name) and on social media, Nissan is promoting the EV as the "world's cleanest car" (it's a paint thing). We ...

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    Read This: Questions bubble up about Tesla Model S sales numbers
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    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that releasing monthly sales numbers allows the media, "to read all sorts of nonsense into the deliveries." He said that with the company's irregular delivery schedule – 1,000 in a country one month, only a handful the next – the spikes and valleys would ...

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    Report: Ford 'working very hard' on F-150 hybrid
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    The lighter, aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 gets (at best) 26 miles per gallon. That's not bad for a truck that size – and we should always remember that improving gas guzzlers can make a big difference – but what if the popular truck came with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain? How ...

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    Report: Germany ready to offer more incentives to reach 1M EV goal
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    With neighbor France reconsidering support for diesel vehicles, Germany is also staking its claim in an electric-powered automotive future. This isn't news – Chancellor Angela Merkel has been promoting the idea of a million EVs on German streets by 2020 despite slow sales for a while now ...

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    Official: EPA ready for stricter air quality rules with a look at smog
    Current Standard Unchanged Since 2008 1417611420

    Like a certain Hobbit, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to take a closer look at Smaug. Sorry, smog. The EPA is on a bit of a kick in thinking about cleaner air standards, which makes sense since the winds of change are blowing. Europeans are taking a closer look at diesel ...

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    Video: Nissan paint prank involves 'world's cleanest' Leaf
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    If you want attention, then there's nothing like a good prank to get people looking. Nissan is taking a page from the old Candid Camera playbook to show off a new self-cleaning nano-paint technology called Ultra-Ever Dry. Turns out, when you spill a water-based paint on it, the paint just drips ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf sets new November sales record, Chevy Volt drops again
    For 2014, Leaf Beating Volt By 10,000 Units 1417536240

    When you talk to people in the plug-in vehicle industry, one theme you hear repeatedly is that the more plug-in cars that are out there, the better things are for everyone. One reason is that more EVs build a need for more public chargers, and more chargers mean more people see that plugging in ...

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    Report: Toyota has 200 orders for 2016 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car
    Production Starts In December At Same Secret Workshop That Made Lexus LFA 1417449420

    Toyota built 500 Lexus LFA supercars between 2010 and 2012 in what Automotive News has called a "secretive workshop." The automaker has been wondering what to do with that production line since the last LFA rolled off in December 2012 and, like so much else for Toyota these days, the answer is a ...

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    Report: DC fast charging standard on 2015 BMW i3 EV
    You're Gonna Get Seat Heaters, Too 1417438980

    The BMW i3 is about to get a lot cooler. No, wait, a lot warmer. That's because there will a few new standard features in the i3 plug-in vehicles sold in the US, including seat heaters and satellite radio. Oh, and DC fast charging. The department head of BMW i USA, Jacob Harb, told BMW Blog that ...

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