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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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    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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    Report: Musk: Tesla's first battery swap station to open before end of year
    Only One Year Behind Schedule 1413496620

    For us, the lede was certainly buried in this Automotive News post about the new Tesla D models. In a casual way, AN lets us know that, Tesla CEO Elon Musk "said that Tesla plans to open its first [battery swap] station, between Los Angeles and San Francisco, within the next two months." Well, ...

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    Official: Whoa, that's fast: researchers working on cheap 2-minute-recharge EV battery
    Nanyang Technology University Touting Some Incredible Specs, Including 20-Year Life 1413417300

    We've heard similar promises before, but given the magnitude of change that these ultra-fast charging technologies are talking about, we're always game for one more. Especially when the latest promise includes a two-minute charging time (to 70 percent full), a lifespan of 20 years and a pack that ...

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    Video: Elon Musk hints at need for franchised Tesla dealerships
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    The auto dealers around the US, the ones who are frantically trying to stop Tesla Motors from selling its cars directly to consumers, might just need to wait things out. The latest state to take an aggressive stance against Telsa's dealer-free policy is Michigan, but in an new interview with ...

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    Official: How the Pentagon plans to deal with climate change
    DOD Says Uncertain Cause 'Cannot Be An Excuse For Delaying Action' 1413314820

    In case the Pentagon didn't make it clear enough that climate change is a real and dangerous thing in its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) earlier this year, perhaps the new Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap (PDF) will drive the point home. Some of the content is roughly the same, but that title ...

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    Report: Tesla talking to Slovakia about European EV plant
    California Automaker Will Only Say 'No Comment' 1413242880

    Ready for some far-flung Tesla news? How about a wild rumor out of Slovakia? You got it. The Slovak Spectator reports that Tesla might build a manufacturing plant there some day and is already in talks with the Economy Ministry and the Slovak Agency for Development of Investments and Trade. This ...

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    Official: Detroit Electric will deliver 300 EVs to Jeju Island, South Korea
    Part Of A Big V2X Test 1413226680

    Despite once-grand plans to have its spiritual successor to the Tesla Roadster – and other electric vehicles – on US roads by the end of 2014, Detroit Electric still hasn't delivered Job One. That might change with a new deal just announced with Jeju Island in South Korea. Sure, ...

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    How to get people to ignore your Tesla Model S
    Koncept Cars Offers An Odd Duck With The Koncept S Coupe 1413217560

    In a crowdfunding campaign that seems destined to fail (only $5 have been raised of a $25,000 target after two weeks), we find a master class in getting people to not care about a Tesla Model S. In short, you add a new look to a car that a lot of people think doesn't need one, ...

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    Official: Cost to drop 691 horsepower in your Tesla Model S P85D? $14,600
    All-Wheel Drive, Autopilot Each Add $4,000 To Cost, Unless You're Talking P85D 1412962140

    Not mentioned during the much-hyped announcement event last night for the Tesla Model S Dual Motor "D" and Autopilot "A" options were how much those advancements will cost. Today, Tesla updated the Model S order page and those pesky little numbers are now available. As it turns out, opting for ...

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    Official: Tesla D is, as expected, an AWD Model S but new autopilot features surprise [w/video]
    At Reveal Event, Crowd Loves Autopark, Autoarrive Tech 1412912880

    To say that the Internet was excited about the mysterious Tesla D before tonight's official announcements were made is a terrible understatement. Amid a bunch of excited tweets and frustrating attempts at getting a livestream from the event, USA Today published the first story that described some ...

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