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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: 2016 Chevy Volt powertrain video teasers
    Before We See The New Car, We Get To Look Inside 1414778340

    If there's one thing we've learned about plug-in vehicle fans, you have a thing for seeing your cars get made. The series of videos showing BMW i3 production was strangely popular, as were the shots from inside the VW e-Golf plant. Well, with General Motors pulling the veil off of the 2016 Chevy ...

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    Report: Converted Mazda5 EV goes 457 miles on one charge in Slovenia
    Slovenia's Andrej Pecjak Had Kilometers To Spare After Reaching Croatia 1414756800

    There's a lot of EV love going on in Slovenia. While we've heard about the country's biofuel work before, the electric vehicle scene has thus far escaped our radar. This will no longer be the case, thanks to the work of Andrej Pecjak and the crew at the Metron Institut. Recently, Pacjak and his ...

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    Official: Nissan breaks annual EV sales record with two months to spare
    Leaf Could Hit 30,000 Sales This Year 1414692000

    Nissan has sold more pure EVs in the US this year than any other automaker, ever. And there are still two selling months left. Last year, Nissan sold a record 22,610 Leaf electric vehicles in the US. This year, through the end of September, Nissan sold 21,822 Leafs and has been selling more than ...

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    Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will not need premium gas
    Current Owners Told GM To Change Pricey Requirement 1414596540

    Buried in the new technical details of the 2016 Chevy Volt released yesterday was a throwaway line about a small but important change that's due to the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The first-gen Volt has always required premium gas but the new powerplant will be happy burning plain old ...

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    Tesla stock goes on wild ride following negative report
    Elon Musk's Tweet Sends TSLA Back Up 1414584000

    Trading Tesla Motors stock is not for the faint hearted. For example, the stock was worth $235.24 at the end of trading on Friday but then dropped to $221.67 by the end of Monday. After yesterday's trading, it was back up to $242.77, a gain of almost 10 percent on the day. The movement was ...

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    Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will have more EV range, bigger battery
    New 1.5-Liter Engine Also Used In Chinese Cruze 1414524780

    Meet the new Volt, not the same as the old Volt. That appears to be the story when General Motors introduces the 2016 Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Today we're getting some more details on the guts of the new plug-in hybrid, and it turns out they're going to be much improved from ...

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    Report: Toyota says no one wants a Toyota electric car
    Say What? 1414511520

    It's no secret that Toyota doesn't really have a heart in pushing pure electric vehicles. The very limited Scion iQ EV project was killed before it went very far and the RAV4 EV project with Tesla was always only meant to produce just 2,600 units, but it didn't even get that far. In short, by all ...

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    Report: Next-gen Chevy Volt will get 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine
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    As General Motors gets ready to unveil the new Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto Show in January, it's starting to reveal a few more details about the updated plug-in hybrid. Today should be fruitful on that front, thanks to an event GM is hosting today that focuses on the new Volt, and we've just ...

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    Tesla owners go grassroots to promote their favorite EV in Iowa
    Company Might Be Forbidden From Selling Cars, But Fans Can Still Talk To Each Other 1414425120

    A month or so ago, the Iowa Department of Transportation stepped in to prevent Tesla Motors not only from selling the Model S in the state, but even from offering test drives. That move didn't sit right with some people, but it's not stopping the EV-curious in Iowa from learning about the popular ...

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    Official: Elio Motors $185-million request advances under DOE's restarted ATVM loan program
    Paul Elio's 84-mpg Trike Constantly Getting Closer To Reality 1414151940

    Controversial, helpful and finally put on hiatus, the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program from the Department of Energy (DOE) has had a tremendous impact on the current flock of plug-in vehicles. Before being paused in 2011, the ATVM handed out money to Ford ($5.9 ...

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    Official: Car2go brings incentives to charging in San Diego
    Park Your EV Downtown, Get Free Minutes 1414094460

    Plugging in a vehicle to get power makes sense when that vehicle is owned by one person or family and – like most of the cars on the planet – sits still for most of the day. But when you're trying to share an EV, or a few hundred of them, charging time becomes doubly important. You ...

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    Official: Toyota JV will sell Leahead EVs in China next year
    Will Young, Hip Buyers Come Knocking? 1414079520

    You may have read that Toyota is about to establish a new electric vehicle sub-brand in China called Leahead that will focus on "cheap electric cars aimed at young and hip car buyers in China." This isn't 100 percent true, but the Japanese automaker is revving its electric motors for EVs in ...

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    Insurance company's numbers show EVs cheaper to insure, run
    Average Policy Savings Are $200 1414072800

    Coverhound Insurance has sold around 20,000 auto policies, and that's been enough for the online comparison-shopping site to notice an EV-friendly trend: electric vehicles are cheaper to insure. An average of $200 cheaper, in fact, according to CoverHound CEO Keith Moore. Moore spoke to The Los ...

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    EPA: Four 2014 Mini Cooper models need to drop mpg numbers
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    After the huge problems that Hyundai/Kia experienced with its mislabeled fuel economy labels, you'd think that any time an automaker has to adjust its mpg numbers, heralds would be shouting from the rooftops. But, after Ford admitted to three big mistakes with its numbers for the 2013 C-Max ...

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    Video: Michigan Gov. signs 'anti-Tesla' bill, but says rules could change *UPDATE
    One More State Goes Against Tesla's Direct Sales Model 1413916980

    *UPDATE: GM has issued a statement in support of the governor's actions. We've added it below. Don't look for a Tesla store in Detroit anytime soon. Even though the company says a Motor City service center is "Coming Soon," another hurdle was placed in the company's way today when Governor Rick ...

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    Official: 2015 Green Car Of The Year finalists announced, run alt-fuel gamut
    Short List Includes Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevy Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, VW Golf 1413900000

    The 2015 edition of the Green Car of the Year award is following right in the footsteps of previous years with a variety of alt-fuel powertrains making the just-announced finalists list. You've got your plug-in vehicle (the BMW i3), your compressed natural gas (the Chevy Impala Bi-Fuel), your ...

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    Official: New BMW i3-like Visio.M EV concept uses lightweight resin
    Replacing Glass With Plastic Has Its Benefits 1413892320

    It's not a new version of the BMW i3, but an updated version of a lightweight concept car from SABIC, BMW, the Technical University of Munich, Daimler and others does bear a certain resemblance to the well-designed plug-in city car. From the black "glass" in the hatch to the angled line tail ...

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    Official: Ford Focus Electric gets $6,000 price drop, now starts at $29,995
    Is It Now Ready To Compete With Top Seller Nissan Leaf? 1413819000

    In early 2013, the Nissan Leaf shed a massive $6,500 from its $35,200 base price to offer a new starting price of $28,800. Since then, we have seen numerous other plug-in vehicles get smaller price tags, from the Honda Fit EV (lower lease price) to the Chevrolet Volt (around $5,000 lower) to the ...

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    Video: Pay a visit to Elio Motors factory, where life is returning
    We're One Year Out From Job One, Apparently 1413664020

    Elio Motors continues to move forward on building a high-efficiency three-wheeled vehicle for the masses. For proof, take a look at a new local news clip of the inside of an old General Motors factory in Shreveport, LA. This is where Elio is going to build the lightweight, 84-mile-per-gallon ...

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    Official: Tesla pushes hard against Michigan's anti-direct vehicle sales bills
    Asks Consumers To Contact Gov. Snyder 1413569700

    While Tesla has been fighting against direct-vehicle sales bans in a number of states, the California electric vehicle company doesn't ask for help every time it finds itself in a skirmish. Last year, it did send out some ravens calling for assistance in Ohio. It has done so again to deal with a ...

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