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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: Renault-Nissan has sold 200,000 EVs, claims 58 percent global share
    Most Of Those Are Due To Popular Leaf, Which Has Sold 67,000 In US 1417028160

    The all-electric Renault Zoe sold 10,000 units during its first year on sale and the French automaker has sold a total of about 51,500 EVs since starting sales of its four-vehicle EV lineup in 2011. Renault's collection also includes the Twizy two-seater, the Fluence sedan and the Kangoo van ...

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    Report: EPA: 2014 renewable fuel standards 'significantly delayed'
    Biofuel Producers Get Happy, Frustrated 1417016160

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not going to decide just yet how much biofuel to add to the national fuel supply in the future. Last year, the EPA said, for the first time ever, that it might reduce the biofuel component in American gas, but is now saying that the 2014 standards rule ...

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    Eco-Motive gets patent for CNG-gas hybrid H-Motor
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    If you've ever wanted a powerplant that looks more like a greeble from a Star Wars spaceship than a block engine, Eco-Motive has your answer. The just-announced dual-fuel "H" engine can burn gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG). Eco-Motive has been awarded a patent for the engine (number ...

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    Rumormill: Is Tesla under investigation from the SEC? *UPDATE
    Probes Reporter Thinks It's On To Something With FOIA Requests 1416873600

    UPDATE: Tesla spokesperson LIz Jarvis-Shean told AutoblogGreen that "We don't comment on rumor and speculation." Let's call this one unsubstantiated at best. Probes Reporter is a site that tries to figure out what's going on behind the scenes by filing a number of Freedom of Information Act ...

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    Official: Car2go turns your smartphone into carsharing key with Mobile Access
    You No Longer Need A Card To Share A Car 1416859140

    For all the smarts in the Smart cars used in Car2go, the cars haven't been smart enough to talk to users' smart phones. At least, not in the way you might want them to talk to each other. Until now, Car2go users have had to carry a special card with them to gain access to the broad network of ...

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    Official: BMW i3 wins 2015 Green Car of the Year award
    Beats Out CNG, Hybrid And High-Efficiency Gas Finalists 1416504300

    The popular little BMW i3 (popular in the US, at least) was named the 2015 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. The award doesn't just take into account a car's green credentials but also its "availability to the mass market." While the i3 is a bit expensive, starting at ...

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    Official: Honda spending $13.8 million on hydrogen infrastructure with FirstElement
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    Honda is partnering with FirstElement Fuel to increase the number of hydrogen refueling stations in California. The two have signed a letter of intent to provide $13.8 of financial assistance that, with some state money, could let FirstElement build "at least 12 stations." This is the second OEM ...

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    Video: What was Michelin Challenge Bibendum doing in China?
    One Of The World's Largest Green Car Gatherings In A Place That Needs It 1416358620

    There were any number of things said at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum last week that could easily be taken as platitudes. In the opening address by the CEO of the Michelin Group, Jean-Dominique Senard, for example, we have this: the Challenge has "the goal of imagining and creating the mobility ...

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    2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle likely to get 60 MPGe
    Five Kg Of Hydrogen And 300-Mile Range Leads To Simple Outcome, We Think 1416327900

    Toyota isn't talking about the Mirai's fuel economy just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't make an educated guess. And we do so by looking at the competition and knowing that the DOE says that "One kg of hydrogen is roughly equivalent to one gallon of gasoline." For now, the Mirai's H2 ...

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    Read This: BioWillie, Willie Nelson's biodiesel dream, goes up in smoke
    Singer's Biofuel Plans Looked Good In 2008, But Not In 2014 1416265200

    Here's a blast from the past, the name BioWillie hasn't been heard on these pages since 2008, and its reappearance today isn't a bit of good news. The ambitious plan from country music singer WIllie Nelson to help American farmers by turning their crops into American fuel for American truckers ...

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    Report: VW bringing fuel cell concept to LA Auto Show
    Surprise Entry Into The Show's Green Theme This Year 1416236280

    Amid the flurry of hydrogen announcements from Toyota and Honda last night, Volkwagen has something to add: a new hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle. This will be the first VW hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in many years – remember the Tiguan Hy-Motion back in 2008? – and it comes as a ...

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    Official: Sun Country EVEN headed to Iceland
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    It's hard to make out, but there is a road that connects Canada and Iceland. And it's got free electric boat car charging stations as far as the eye can see. Sun Country Highway claims it has "electrified virtually all of Canada's Highways" – well over free-to-use 1,000 EVSEs (charging ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: ITM Power wants to make nearly free hydrogen. No, really
    Electrolyzers, Natural Gas And Grid Balancing Are The Keys 1415988120

    There's a problem that need solving when it comes to renewable energy. Where do you put it when it's not needed? Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, has what he says is the best answer: you turn it into hydrogen. Speaking at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China this week, Cooley ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: Akka Link And Go 2.0 will be tracking your lifestyle
    Autonomous Vehicle Could Be Programmed To Make Sure You're Never Late 1415890800

    Decked out in stark black and white, the Akka Link And Go is making an appearance at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China this week. It's a fitting color scheme in the home of captive pandas in China, but we think the neon green and orange version we saw in 2013 made a better ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: Former EU President says Toyota could lose 100,000 euros per hydrogen FCV sedan
    Pat Cox Explains Europe's Current Hydrogen Infrastructure Situation 1415840340

    Pat Cox does not work for Toyota and we don't think he has any secret inside information. Still, he's the former President of the European Parliament and the current high level coordinator for TransEuropean Network, so when he says Toyota is likely going to lose between 50,000 and 100,000 euros ...

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    Bibendum 2014: Odd, old data still being used to counter EVs
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    There's a lot of information on display at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum. We've spent time this week trying to sponge it all in but one of the charts caught out eye today. In a session on hydrogen vehicles – about which we'll have more later – a representative from Air Liquide, ...

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    Exclusive: Bibendum 2014: Daimler studying China for Car2go expansion
    Display In Chengdu 2014 Gives Us A Clue 1415796900

    Despite a recent setback in the UK, Daimler's carsharing company Car2go remains in expansion mode. The company is currently studying the scene in China (and other countries) to see where the next batch of blue-and-white Smart Fortwo cars will land. "We are looking at the opportunities and ...

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    Read This: Low gas prices bring the Hummer back to life
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    It took more than the high cost of gas to kill off the Hummer brand, but the military/civilian vehicle's near-endless need for fuel didn't help sales when gas prices started to climb. Turns out, there is still a thirst for the gas-devouring vehicle in the US. The evidence is anecdotal at best, ...

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    Official: Small solar bike path now open in Holland
    SolaRoad Might Not Be The Best Use Of Solar, But It Sure Is Interesting 1415743320

    There's just something appealing about the idea of a solar-powered road. Letting that ugly ribbon through the countryside generate power, interact smartly with cars, bikes and pedestrians and even charging up your electric car. It all just seems magical, doesn't it? Well, yes, which is why there ...

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    Report: Republican control of Congress could affect US biofuel policy, Uber and Lyft
    To Be Sure, The Future Is Unclear 1415664120

    Green transportation issues were not at the top of this year's midterm elections in the US, but the sweeping Republican victories – and probably new Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell – could affect at least some aspects of how we get around without using as many resources as we ...

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