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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: 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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    Video: Getting ready for the Tesla D tonight means reading some tea leaves
    P85D, AWD, Autopilot And Guessing On The Internet 1412884620

    Today is D-day. We will know all of the details about the Tesla D and the mysterious "one other thing" – well, all the details that Tesla is willing to give – later tonight, but for now we're going to try and piece the story together based on whatever rumors and hints we can find. ...

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    Official: EPA says 24.1-mpg new car average is best-ever
    2013 Model Year Was Half-Gallon MPG More Efficient Than 2012 1412797440

    Well done, America. Through some combination of market forces and government regulations and advancing technology, you've managed to buy enough fuel efficient vehicles to raise the overall average for the 2013 model year to 24.1 miles per gallon – that's 0.5 mpg higher than model year 2012. ...

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    Official: Honda, SolarCity expand sun-powered partnership with new $50 million fund
    Honda, Acura Buyers Can Benefit From Cheap Solar Energy 1412776800

    It must be solar-power announcement time. The DOE is ready to throw $25 million at concentrating solar power and New York State just announced $94 million for solar projects. At the broadly green-minded South By Southwest Eco festival in Austin, TX this week, Honda announced an expansion of its ...

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    Exclusive: Leilani Munter loves her Energy Freedom Race Car, Tesla Model S
    ARCA Racer Says NASCAR Fans Are Ready For Green Message 1412373600

    Leilani Münter is putting a red, white and blue spin on green at the Kansas Speedway tonight. That's where the eco-minded racer is debuting her Energy Freedom car with the message that people should be able to choose how clean they want their energy to be. Tonight is the last race of the ...

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    Spy Shots: Tesla Model S P85D details leaking out
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    When the cat pokes its nose out of the bag, sometimes you can see a bit more than the cat intended. This week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk Tweeted a tease about "revealing the D" and promised to show more on October 9th, giving us a week to prepare for the big surprise. This ignited a debate over at the ...

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    Report: Ghosn: 'We are getting there' on making Nissan Leaf profitable
    CEO Says The Tide Is Turning 1412272800

    After 19 months in a row of record sales in the US, the money picture for the Nissan Leaf is steadily improving. To date (well, until the end of September), Nissan has sold 63,944 Leaf EVs in the US and a total of around 140,000 globally. The company produces the electric vehicle in three ...

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    Video: 'Charge lock' on Nissan Leaf doesn't actually prevent cable theft
    Nissan Didn't Design It That Way 1412207700

    Is it a feature or a bug? According to AutoblogGreen reader Francois Viau, the locking mechanism that holds the 110V trickle charge cable to his Nissan Leaf is too weak, and that's a problem. That's because while he thought the cable was locked to his car during a charge session at work, someone ...

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    Official: Mercedes forced to lower MPG ratings on two C300 models *UPDATE
    New EPA Labels Are Up To 1 MPG Worse Than Before 1412184480

    *UPDATE: Donna Boland, manager of corporate communications at Mercedes Benz USA, told AutoblogGreen that the sticker change only applied to around 500 C-Class vehicles on dealer lots, since a new C-Class came out in late August. "About 500 are left in the United States, and we've relabeled them," ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf makes it 19 in a row for record sales; Chevy Volt drops 21 percent
    Leaf EV Sels 2,881 While Volt PHEV Moves 1,394 1412173080

    The Nissan Leaf continues its streak of "best month ever" sales with 2,881 EVs sold in September. Compared to the 1,953 sold in September 2013, that represents an increase of 47.5 percent and, as Nissan itself must be tired of saying by now, it marks yet another best month ever, same as last ...

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    Totaled Tesla Model S is a case of buyer beware *UPDATE
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    *UPDATE: AutoblogGreen reader Dan F. sent us a link to a somewhat similar story, which you can find here. Getting a Tesla Model S for just $50,000 is a steal, but when it's a salvage title car and was written off as totaled by an insurance company, the bargain might not be worth the headache. ...

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    Video: Bob Lutz says Tesla remains 'fringe' brand
    The Challenge Is To Get Model 3 To The People 1411941480

    We've said it before, we'll said it again: Bob Lutz gives great quotes. From his toilet-themed opinion of global warming to Toyota's deity status, the man knows how to get your attention. His latest? Saying that Tesla Motors is and will remain a fringe brand. Take that, Tesla fanbois. This, of ...

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