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Sebastian Blanco has been editing and writing for AutoblogGreen since its inception in April 2006. He has 15 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: BYD bringing Tang plug-in hybrid, G5 sedan to Beijing
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    The Beijing Auto Show kicks off next week in China and BYD has revealed its plans with the announcement of the Tang plug-in hybrid, G5 sedan and something called "542 Technology." Details are pretty sparse for now, but the short press release (available below) says that the Tang PHEV is going to ...

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    Report: Koch Brothers are killing rapid bus transit in Tennessee
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    Last week, the Tennessee Senate voted 27-4 against the very idea of Rapid Bus Transit in the state. The vote, which is oddly specific about its target – the Amp bus rapid transit (BRT) project in Nashville – was supported by the wealthy Koch brothers, Charles and David, and their ...

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    Report: Hybrid Tech just made $65 million from bankrupt Fisker loan
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    We can now see at least one possible reason for why Hybrid Tech Holdings LLC bought the US Department of Energy's loan to Fisker Automotive last year for $25 million. The purchase is apparently worth $90 million today. The number is part of a settlement agreement that has come out of the ...

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    Official: New Car2go Regional Access shares carsharing between US, Canada
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    The 13 various North American Car2go services are about to play together a lot nicer. With the new "Regional Access" plan, every North American Car2go member will be able to use his or her membership from one city in another. This was previously available within the US to US-based members who ...

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    FEV says new PHEV transmission ready for 'sports car performance'
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    At the SAE World Congress in Detroit last week, FEV showed off what it calls an "innovative" new plug-in hybrid transmission. The reason for that moniker is that the system does away with the need for a torque converter while offering two speeds, which makes it particularly good during launch. If ...

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    Official: California could put $60,000 MRSP limit on EV rebates
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    In California, electric vehicles have been selling so well that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is discussing ways to reduce the amount spent on the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP). The program, which provides rebates to EV buyers, is $30 million in debt this year, according ...

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    Exclusive: Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUV deliveries running behind schedule
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    Things are running a little bit behind on Hyundai's hydrogen-powered Tucson Fuel Cell CUV program in the US. The last time we checked in with the South Korean automaker's H2 project, we heard that the first deliveries were supposed to happen by the end of March. Speaking with Hyundai's Kevin Lee ...

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    Exclusive: SwRI Dedicated-EGR concept improves fuel economy by 15 percent
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    We've often heard that hitting higher fuel economy targets (like, say, the 54.5 miles per gallon CAFE requirement for 2025 in the US) will need not a silver bullet but something more like silver buckshot. In other words, the industry is going to try lots of different ways to make cars burn less ...

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    Official: Tesla strikes back against Lemon Law King over Model S dispute [UPDATE]
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    *UPDATE: We have now also received a statement from the Model S owner in question, which has been added below. When we asked Tesla Motors for a statement on the lawsuit filed by the "King of Lemon Laws" the other day, the company told us that it does not comment on pending litigation. Fair ...

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    Applus iShare carsharing concept EV loves barcodes
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    Like the Volar-E and E-Born3 concepts before it, the new iShare EV from Applus IDIADA makes you stop and look twice. Looking like the strange child of a Smart Fortwo and a flat-nose semi tractor, the iShare is a purpose-designed little car (technically, a heavy quadricycle) that Applus has ...

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    Official: Tesla's new $408 per month business lease deal for Model S reminds us of last 'revolutionay' deal
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    Almost exactly a year ago, Tesla Motors announced what it called a "revolutionary" lease deal for the Model S. Since the electric automaker used some unusual assumptions in its calculations to get to a headline-worthy $500-a-month "true cost of ownership," the company had to quickly change its ...

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    Official: Renault ZOE revs up for big sales in Norway
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    Renault doesn't want to be left out in the Norwegian cold. The French automaker knows that EV sales are through the roof in Norway, so it is finally bringing the Zoe EV to the Scandinavian country. The launch event was a bit odd, with 15 Zoe's available to be driven on the running track at the ...

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    Video: 'King of Lemon Laws' Vince Megna files suit against Tesla Motors
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    Tesla Motors is already busy in the courts, filing a suit in New Jersey last week to appeal the direct-sales ban of its automobiles in that state. But now it's going to have to deal with the self-described "King of Lemon Laws," Vince Megna, in Wisconsin. Now that we think about it, this showdown ...

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    Report: GM will make Chevy Volt production announcement tomorrow
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    Thing are apparently happening to get the next-generation Chevy Volt ready for public consumption. The most obvious proof is in a preview of an announcement (possibly coming tomorrow) that the two main places where General Motors gets the Volt ready -the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and the ...

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    Report: Smith Electric Vehicles quietly stopped production in Kansas City last year
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    Sometimes, you just don't want anyone to know what's happening. That's how Smith Electric Vehicles must have felt about stopping production of its all-electric delivery trucks in Kansas City, MO late last year. There was no press release issued and even the local newspaper, The Kansas City Star, ...

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    Report: EU to require louder EVs, quieter IC cars
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    The discussion over whether electric vehicles should come with warning sounds has been going on for what feels like forever - seriously, it's been so long we've forgotten amazing little tidbits like this - but that doesn't mean the whole thing is solved. While the US has required EVs to emit a ...

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    Report: Toyota NA CEO says his excitement for hydrogen sedan is rising
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    Toyota has an undeniable vested interest in seeing its hydrogen sedan succeed when it goes on sale in the US next year, so it's no surprise that the company's North American CEO, Jim Lentz, says that he's got more hope for the car now than ever before. And if we remember ways that others in the ...

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    Report: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrives in UK with 'no' price premium
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    For UK buyers who are interested in a plug-in hybrid SUV, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV just got a little bit sweeter. The reason is that the base model of the vehicle will be available with or without a plug for the same price at the base diesel model. "If it's not going to save people ...

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    Report: Tesla Motors appeals sales ban in New Jersey
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    Resistance to the way Tesla Motors sells its cars - directly to the consumer, with no negotiating and no dealer middleman - comes mostly from dealership organizations around the country. It's also illegal in some states, thanks to laws ushered into place with help from dealers. The reaction to ...

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    Official: DOE ready for more AVTMP loans, now focusing on suppliers
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    The Department of Energy handed out four big loans in the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program (ATVM): Fisker got $528.7 million (then went bankrupt) Nissan got $1.4 billion, Ford got $5.9 billion (both are repaying on schedule, as far as anyone knows) and Tesla got $465 milion, ...

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