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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: Ram exec: first 30-mpg pickup truck will 'win'
    Company's Best Today Gets 28 1407450600

    It is totally possible, today, to take the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck, load it up with gear and people, and drive it from Texas to Michigan while getting 38 miles per gallon. We know because we did it. Officially, though, the 1500 gets just 20 mpg combined. A more impressive number is the 28 ...

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    Exclusive: Plug In 2014: BMW i DC Fast Charger is poised to change the EV game
    Interoperability, Ease-Of-Use Are Key Factors For Plug-In Vehicle Adoption 1407441480

    It looks like it's just a blue box on a pole, but BMW's new i DC Fast Charger represents a much bigger deal than just the lowest-cost SAE Combo Charger on the market. BMW sees it as the key to getting more drivers into electric vehicles. As Robert Healey, the EV infrastructure manager for BMW of ...

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    Featured: These are the five most ridiculous attacks on the Chevy Volt [w/videos]
    Obama's Burning Fire Failure Coming Soon As Second-Gen Model 1407429900

    It's been a long, strange trip for the Chevy Volt from the time when the now-odd-looking concept version (above) was introduced at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show to today. And now, General Motors announced that the second-generation Chevy Volt will make an appearance at the 2015 Detroit show in ...

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    Exclusive: All the details on Plug In 2014 electric vehicle conference you could ever want
    Listen In On Almost Five Hours Of Discussion On EVs and PHEVs 1407279360

    One of the best parts of the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA last week was getting to listen in on thoughts about the state of the plug-in vehicle industry from people who have been involved with it for ages. They bristle when you call them the "Old Guard" (learned that one the hard way), ...

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    Exclusive: Plug In 2014: ALTe ready to join Ford's EQVM to convert, sell F-150 PHEV [w/video]
    Plug-in Hybrid Truck Still Has Hurdles To Jump 1407179040

    It's been a while since we've checked in with ALTe and its plans to convert big work vehicles like the Ford F-150 into plug-in hybrids. So, when we saw a demonstration vehicle sitting outside the San Jose Convention Center at the Plug In 2014 Conference last week, we had to get a closer look. ...

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    Exclusive: Plug In 2014: VIA makes the case for 'free' plug-in hybrid work vans, trucks
    Who Makes More Money On Every Truck Sold, Chevy Or Chevron? 1406920440

    If you're a fleet manager who's been waiting anxiously for the chance to buy a plug-in hybrid van from Via Motors, your wait is almost over. If you work for the right fleet, anyway. David West, the chief marketing efficer for VIA Motors, took AutoblogGreen for a ride around the San Jose ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf hits 3,000 sales in July, Chevy Volt climbs over 2,000
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    It was a good sales month for both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, with the two 'elder statesman' plug-in vehicles reaching numerical milestones in July. The Leaf sold 3,019 units and the Volt crossed the 2,000 sales level for the first time in 2014, hitting 2,020 sales. With Tesla also ...

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    Official: Tesla delivers 7,579 Model S EVs in Q2, maybe picks Reno, NV for Gigafactory
    There Are Now 156 Superchargers Installed Worldwide 1406849400

    When it comes to describing its situation, not even Bob Ross could paint a prettier picture than Tesla Motors. The California automaker has had a good few months and announced today that it delivered 7,579 Model S EVs in the second quarter of 2014. That's the most the company has ever delivered ...

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    Official: Tesla, Panasonic officially partner up for Gigafactory
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    The first of perhaps 'hundreds' of gigafactories is now one step closer to reality: Tesla and Panasonic have announced their official agreement to work together on the gigafactory. The two companies have worked together for many years on electric vehicles, but this new deal takes the partnership ...

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    Exclusive: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales reach 33,000 worldwide
    High Demand From Europe, Japan Mean No US Version For Now 1406755620

    It can be difficult to see from the US, where the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is not yet available, but the all-wheel drive SUV is a big hit in Europe and Japan. In fact, we learned at the Plug In 2014 Conference in San Jose, CA this week that Mitsubishi has sold over 33,000 copies of the ...

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    Rumormill: 2016 Chevy Volt to make auto show debut this season
    GM Moving Electric Motor Production From Mexico To Michigan 1406741400

    Ever since we saw that spy shots of the 2016 Chevy Volt, we've been hungering for more information on the next-gen version of GM's green halo car. It appears we might not have long to wait, at least for an official tease. An inside source that wishes to remain anonymous told AutoblogGreen that ...

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    Report: Total government incentives in Japan could top $30,000 for hydrogen cars
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    With the two main Japanese automakers, Toyota and Honda, leading the charge for hydrogen vehicles (along with Korea's Hyundai), we shouldn't be too surprised that the Japanese government is supporting the technology big time. We knew the national government is ready to kick in the equivalent of ...

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    Official: BMW's new i DC Fast Charger will give free juice to i3 drivers
    No Cost Charging Until End Of 2015 1406591520

    From solar chargeports to the first SAE Combo Fast Charger, BMW is offering or promoting more charging options for the i3 than most people will know what to do with. This is not a bad thing. At the Plug-In 2014 conference happening in San Jose, CA this week, BMW announced a new i DC Fast ...

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    Official: Cadillac ELR next EV to get Plugless Power wireless charging tech
    Evatran Says Two More Premium Vehicles Will Be Compatible By End Of 2014 1406557140

    Evatran has been testing its Plugless Power wireless charging systems for electric vehicles in the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf for years now and made the tech commercially available early this year. With the growth of the EV market, Evatran is getting ready to expand as well. The company announced ...

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    Report: France getting legally fierce against Uber, ridesharing apps with 'go home' law
    Taxi Companies Say Upstarts Not Playing Fair 1406548860

    Those not-a-taxi ridesharing services are facing all sorts of difficulties, from union challenges to unfriendly local laws. Of course, they're also enjoyed by thousands of people around the world and have support from other union groups, so you're forgiven if you can't keep straight who's in ...

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    Video: When you put Rimac Concept One batteries into a wheelchair, magic happens
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    Rimac Automobili is no stranger to our pages, but it's usually for the Concept_One supercar or its sleek spinoffs. Today, though, the company is talking up a feel-good alternative use for the electric vehicle's batteries: powering a wheelchair for a young fan, Rolly Bugnar, who suffers from a ...

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    Official: First BMW i8 in US to be auctioned off at Pebble Beach
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    Snag yourself a BMW i8 at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Weekend and you won't only be the first in the US to own this model, you'll be getting a one-of-a-kind version of BMW's new gas-electric plug-in marvel. The special i8 will come with a special exterior paint color (called ...

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    Video: This is what happens when you drive your Nissan Leaf beyond empty
    Robert Llewellyn Gets Fully Discharged For Science 1406159760

    If you see an AAA truck bringing someone a can of extra gas, it's rarely a big deal, but when an EV driver runs out of charge, people pay attention. Whether its a writer for The New York Times or hardcore Tesla fans, people are curious about this newfangled technology and the things that could go ...

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    Official: Opel CEO talks new EV, will likely be fresh face for Chevy, too
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    The rumored demise of the Opel Ampera has been confirmed, but there's good news, too. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has been busy Tweeting information about the brand's next plug-in vehicle, admitting that the Ampera is on the way out but that plug-in vehicles are here to stay. His Tweets, in ...

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    Official: Unplugged Performance sweetens the look of your Tesla Model S for around $6,000
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    Tesla electric vehicles are no strangers to the tuner set. Saleen is working on a modified Model S. Brabus once offered neon for your Roadster. And new we find a number of body panel upgrades for the Model S from Unplugged Performance. Unplugged Performance has its offices right by the Tesla's ...

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