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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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    Report: Nissan not shuttering Leaf EV battery plants, at least not yet
    But A Switch To LG Chem May Be Under Discussion 1410818280

    The big news on the electric vehicle front today is that Nissan is considering slowing down EV battery production in the US and UK and source all of Nissan's big packs come from Japan. Nissan may also buy some batteries from the Korean company LG Chem. This is apparently causing dissent within ...

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    Report: Nevada's $1.2 billion deal for Tesla Gigafactory lets EV company sell direct
    Movie Tax Breaks, Insurance Companies Losing Out 1410564600

    Now that the Nevada deal for the Tesla Motors Gigafactory has the governor's signature, we've got more details on the automaker's $1.2-billion benefits package. As originally reported, this is the broad breakdown: $725 million for a 20-year 100 percent sales tax abatement $332 million for a ...

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    Official: Kia Soul EV priced at $33,700*, leases start at $249/month
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    Kia must have thought VW was aiming a little high when the German automaker priced its upcoming electric vehicle for the US market. Kia has just announced that the price for its new Soul EV will be $33,700 (before any tax incentives) when it comes to the US later this year. That's well above the ...

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    Official: VW issues orders for police version of e-Golf
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    If the Toyota Prius could be used (in fiction, anyway) as a quiet way to do a drive-by shooting, then a pure electric vehicle should have some silent benefits for the police. It's happening in the real world thanks to the new police-spec VW e-Golf. On display at an international police equipment ...

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    Exclusive: How Toyota's 100-year textile history influenced FCV hydrogen fuel cell car
    H2 Tanks Will Likely Need To Be Inspected Every Few Years 1410393420

    Turns out, Toyota had a surprising ace in the hole when it came to building the new fuel tanks for the FCV hydrogen fuel cell car, which is coming next year. Well before Toyota became the Toyota Motor Company, it was the Toyota Industries Corporation and it made textile looms. This is important ...

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    Official: California has sold 102,440 EVs since Volt, Leaf went on sale in 2010
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    Last July, Plug In America declared that a Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Alabama was the 100,000th electric vehicle sold in the US. Today, the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative announced that that many EVs have now been sold in California alone. To celebrate the milestone – which was ...

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    Official: Renault, Bollore get together for new EV, Bluecar production, carsharing
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    The Bollore Bluecar has a deep connection to Pininfarina. The Italian design house and coachbuilder helped Bollore create the B0 (the concept that led to the Bluecar) and has built all of the Bluecars to date. Starting in the second half of 2015, though, Renault is going to take over production ...

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    1956 Firebird II was GM's shark-like connected car [w/video]
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    In some circles, the 1956 Firebird II concept is a famous example of some everything-plus-the-kitchen sink futuristic thinking, but for some reason we've never featured it on AutoblogGreen. Since we came across a shiny example at the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in ...

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    One year later, Korean car-free experiment a success
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    In September 2013, the Haenggung-dong neighborhood in Suwon City, South Korea tried a bold experiment: have the locals go car-free for 30 days as part of the EcoMobility World Festival. Looking back on the event a year later, Sustainable Cities Collective reports, residents are still feeling the ...

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    Exclusive: Bill Ford says carsharing helps Ford, EVs need to be clean
    Speaking At ITS 2014, Ford's Executive Chairman Talks Connected Cars 1410190020

    To most people, Bill Ford is most famous for being the great-grandson of Henry Ford. But, as the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, Ford has also been leading the company into greener and greener territory. At the morning plenary session for the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport ...

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    Tour a Tesla showroom, get inside Model S on Google Street View
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    Even in the US states (like Texas) where Tesla is not able to sell cars at one of its stores, residents can now visit a virtual EV sales space. Thanks to Google Street View and the company's high-tech cameras, a digital visit to a Tesla store in Seattle on Westlake Avenue is now possible by ...

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    Report: World's cheapest Nissan Leaf costs just $9,460
    Incentives Upon Incentives in Rotterdam Set A New Low Record 1409954220

    If you thought electric vehicles were expensive, head on over to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There, you can buy a Nissan Leaf for the amazingly low price of just 7,450 euros ($9,460 US). Or, if a practical delivery van is more your style, check out the Nissan e-NV200 Visia Flex, which is ...

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    Official: Tesla Gigafactory coming to Reno, Nevada with $1.2 billion in tax incentives
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    You want details on the Gigafactory? You got 'em. At least the preliminary ones. At an event with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval this afternoon, Tesla Motors announced that its first Gigafactory will be built outside Reno. As was leaked yesterday and confirmed by unnamed state officials today, ...

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    Report: Tesla will build first Gigafactory in Nevada
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    After months of guessing, the location of the first massive Tesla battery plant should be announced around 24 hours from now. A joint press conference has been called by Tesla and the Nevada Governor's office for tomorrow afternoon and the subject is likely to be that the so-called Gigafactory ...

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    Official: Car2go acquires RideScout, adds all sorts of transportation options to carsharing program
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    Car2go has always been about offering its members an alternative to traditional car ownership as they move around town. Now, the carsharing company's focus is expanding to offer alternatives (plural) with the addition of things like taxis, bikesharing and public transportation to the Car2go ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf sells 3,186 in best month ever as Chevy moves 2,511 Volts
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    The end of summer seems to inspire people to go out and buy a lot of plug-in vehicles. Last year, for example, the Chevy Volt had its best month ever in August, with 3,351 sales. This year, the Nissan Leaf is going up to the winner's podium, setting its own best-ever record with 3,186 units ...

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    Official: Venturi VBB 3 sets 'symbolic world record' for EVs at Bonneville Salt Flats [UPDATE]
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    *UPDATE: Thanks to an oversight in the press release, we needed to add "pending FIA verification" to the post. Despite the cancellation of Bonneville Speed Week, there was good electric vehicle news to report from the salt flats last week. Symbolically, at least. Venturi was not able to break ...

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    Official: Budget watchdog warns Tesla Gigafactory fight could be 'race to the bottom'
    Massive Tax Breaks Could Be Used For Something Other Than Corporate Benefits 1409698500

    How desperate are the states in the US Southwest for a Tesla Gigafactory? Maybe a little too desperate, according to the California Budget Project. CBP says that the five states that are vying for the new big battery plant from Tesla and Panasonic are really in a "a race to the bottom from which ...

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    Report: Tesla, China Unicom setting up 400-station charging network in China
    TSLA Stock Climbs To Record High 1409673540

    Tesla and China United Network Communications Corp. are working on something big. Like 400 public chargers in 120 cities big. These are not going to be Supercharger fast chargers that the California automaker is installing across the US and Europe, but don't worry, the two companies are going to ...

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    Official: Aggressive new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S coming to Paris
    Key Words Are "Sporty And Sophisticated" 1409669880

    Already a hit in the rest of the world, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid is not coming to the US until late next year. That gives Mitsu plenty of time to upgrade the SUV to the next-generation model, and we might be getting a glimpse of what the US-speck Outlander PHEV will look like at ...

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