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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: Kia Soul EV will plug into Sky DC fast chargers, EZ-Charge network
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    As Kia gets ready to introduce its first plug-in vehicle to the US market, the 2015 Soul EV, it is also prepping some infrastructure improvements. The company announced today that it is partnering with Greenlots and ABB on offering Greenlots' Sky Smart Charging DC fast chargers at some West Coast ...

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    Official: This Labor Day, low gas prices mean more cars on the road [w/video]
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    It's not hard to understand, when gas prices go up, Americans sometimes drive less on national holidays. This year, though gas prices are lower than they have been right before Labor Day since 2010, and that means the American Automobile Association (AAA) is predicting that the number of people ...

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    Report: Renault 141-mpg concept car coming to Paris. For real this time
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    Summer is winding down and, in the automotive industry, that means the auto show season is about to ramp up. The Paris Motor Show is just over a month away, and we're starting to get hints about what Renault is going to bring: a hyper-efficient concept vehicle. Autocar is reporting that an ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S now the least-stolen car in the US
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    When is a Honda Accord more appealing than a Tesla Model S? When you're a thief. The Accord continues to reign as the most-stolen car in the US but the Model S is now claiming a new and interesting title: the least-stolen car in America. Last year, it wasn't even on the list. Of course, sometimes ...

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    Helsinki could make owning your own car a thing of the past
    One Account Would Access Carsharing, Public Transport, More 1409262240

    Helsinki, Finland is no stranger to transportation alternatives. From EV testing to a solid public transportation system, the northern European city knows that private cars are not the only option to get around. In the future, though, private cars might not be a logical option at anyone living ...

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    Official: California first to likely give extra funds to low-income EV buyers
    SB 1275 Passes In California Assembly, 46-23 1409183040

    If you're of the opinion that current federal and state support for electric vehicle shoppers in the US are really just hand-outs to the already well-to-do, you might like what California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) is up to. De Leon sponsored a bill earlier this year called the ...

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    Official: Consumer Reports says Ram 1500 tops fuel economy fight [w/video]
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    Consumer Reports takes its independent vehicle testing procedures seriously. In an era when we have to question the EPA's official ratings thanks to recent re-evaluations from Ford and Hyundai, an independent voice is important. So, when CR says something is the best, it's worth paying attention ...

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    Elon Musk says 'right on' to letter asking for new Model S features
    Will We Soon See Tesla Ads In The Media? 1409140620

    If you want to get Tesla CEO Elon Musk's attention, taking out a full-page ad in his local newspaper will apparently do the trick. That's what two self-proclaimed "very highly satisfied" Model S owners did, asking for a few small changes in the popular EV. In response, Musk Tweeted a picture of ...

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    Report: Indianapolis utility customers will pay less for BlueIndy carsharing
    New Settlement Drops Monthly Fee From 44 to 28 Cents 1409090460

    The BlueIndy carsharing program is currently being tested in Indianapolis, IN, but there is already some good news to report. The utility company supporting the all-electric-vehicle system, Indianapolis Power And Light, originally thought it would charge its customers 44 cents a month for ...

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    Someone's willing to pay $16,000 for a hollow, non-working BMW i8
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    There is an unusual BMW i8 for sale on eBay right now. Unlike your average – and by that we mean "working" – i8, this one pretty much just sits there, looking pretty. See, the i8 in question is just a promotional body shell. It's fullsize and being sold (we think) by a legit BMW ...

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    Official: Audi says new 48 volt micro-hybrid system improves fuel economy, paves way for electrification
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    Most cars use a 12-volt system to power their electrical components. But, with more and more electric bits and bobs being added to new vehicles, a dozen volts is looking a bit weak these days. In fact, Audi says that standard 12-volt systems are being stretched "to their very limits." Enter 48 ...

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    Official: 2015 VW e-Golf coming to ZEV states for $35,445* this November
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    Is $6,465 too much to get someone thinking about buying a Nissan Leaf to opt for the Volkswagen e-Golf instead? That's the price difference between the current EV sales champion, which now starts at $28,980, and the just-announced price for the e-Golf, which will sell for $35,445 in the US when ...

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    Another way to photosynthesize hydrogen from high-tech 'leaves'
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    Maybe we should just admit that the future is unpredictable, especially the hydrogen economy. Just recently, we've seen Toyota predict the cost of hydrogen will be between $5-and-$7 per kilogram in the future. UC Davis also recently released a report that says hydrogen can be inexpensive in the ...

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    Report: EU getting serious about on-road emissions tests
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    Testing vehicle emissions in the laboratory is a way to guarantee identical procedures, but it doesn't exactly mimic the results from an on-the-road drive. Ford, for example, famously had a problem with dynamometer testing in the Total Road Load Horsepower (TRLHP) calculations for the C-Max ...

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    Official: NEVS Saab EV prototype on display, with top speed of just 75 mph
    120-Mile Range Is Promising 1408746540

    National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Saab-owning Swedish holding company that is in turn owned by Chinese investors, has some problems (i.e., no cash). But that isn't stopping NEVS from showing off a prototype Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle this week. But wait, you might be saying, didn't NEVS ...

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    Video: Toyota FCV puts hydrogen fuel cell twist on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
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    You've probably seen your fair share of Ice Bucket Challenge videos online this week, which are meant to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called "Lou Gehrig's Disease." Hopefully, you've seen ours. We've watched a lot of these videos, but haven't seen one that makes ...

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    Read This: The plan is to drive an electric tuk tuk from India to London
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    From space age electric tuk tuks to poo-powered tuk tuks, the idea of a cleaner ride is nothing new. Pictured above is yet another alt-energy tuk tuk, this one from a few years ago in Bangkok. The inventor of that solar-powered vehicle was Morakot Charnsomruad, who now sells the EVs through his ...

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    Report: New Ford dedicated hybrid due in 2018, will it fare better than C-Max?
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    Everyone likes to go after the champ. When it comes to fuel economy, that means taking on the Prius, which is something that automakers not named Toyota have been trying to do for years. Just because no one has been able to beat the Prius for fuel economy numbers isn't stopping them from trying. ...

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    Video: Sakti3 says 480-mile EVs possible using safe, affordable solid state batteries [UPDATE]
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    *UPDATE: We've put the official announcement from Sakti3 below. Every now and then, we hear a little bit more information from the Michigan battery company Sakti3, which is somewhat secretly working on advanced solid state lithium batteries. In March, for example, the company was named an ...

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    Video: Looking back at the Citation IV concept that likely shaped the GM EV1
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    Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. We're not sure how that applies to the GM EV1, but we'd still like to share something from Autoline Daily, an online automotive new show with our friend John McElroy. He's been covering the business for decades now and recently found something ...

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