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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: Honda making hydrogen from solar power in UK
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    Honda is going to launch a hydrogen-powered production vehicle (its second, really) next year, but the all-important H2 infrastructure question hasn't been fully answered yet. One possible solution is being tested over in the United Kingdom, where Honda is turning solar energy and water into ...

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    Official: Tesla will 'probably' raise Model S price in Europe
    CFO Deepak Ahuja Says Weak Euro Hurting Profits 1415624460

    The price for the Tesla Model S around Europe started higher than the US price but then went down. On a recent conference call with investors last week, CEO Elon Musk said that the future price will be going up. Probably. The hike is unlikely to be major, and Musk said that it's all part of the ...

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    ETC: Mercedes named top cheater on Europe's fuel economy test
    Transport And Environment Says WLTP Can't Come Soon Enough 1415563080

    It's expected that Mercedes, like any automaker, aspires to be number one. But we've found a case where being at the top of the list is unlikely to be something of which Daimler is going to boast. That's because we're talking about the automaker most likely to cheat the European fuel economy ...

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    SEMA: Unplugged Performance Tesla Model S is a blue-sky mod
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    Sitting outside in the sun at the SEMA show this week was the modified Tesla Model S from Unplugged Performance . As we noted a few days ago, this company wants to be known as the "AMG of Tesla" and has made a few changes to the standard S to try and claim the title. You can read about those ...

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    This is why Tesla doesn't release monthly sales numbers
    CEO Elon Musk Says, 'Media Tends To Read All Sorts Of Nonsense Into The Deliveries' 1415387700

    While most automakers that sell vehicles in the US release a flurry of numbers at the beginning of every month to tell us how many cars and trucks they've sold, Tesla Motors has resisted following the herd. This can be frustrating for those of us who like to look at some cold, hard numbers, but ...

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    Tesla Model X delayed thanks to Model S production lessons
    CEO Elon Musk Names Falcon Wing Doors As One Potential Issue 1415306700

    Besides the third-quarter sales figures for the Model S this year, the big news from the Tesla investor earnings call yesterday was another delay of the Model X electric SUV. CEO Elon Musk made it clear in his letter to investors that he did not want to "bring a product to market that does not ...

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    Official: Tesla Model X delayed, again, but Musk says Model S demand remains high
    Company Delivers More EVs In 3Q Than Ever Before 1415230560

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk made one thing clear today as he announced his company's third-quarter sales figures: the company has more than enough demand for its luxury electric vehicles and its main problem is getting production ramped up. In fact, Tesla expects Model S orders and deliveries to increase ...

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    Report: Daimler CEO says nobody is making money on EVs right now
    B-Class ED Launches At 399 Euros A Month 1415221200

    What do you charge for a vehicle you're going to lose money on? If you're Mercedes-Benz and the vehicle in question is the B-Class Electric Drive, you offer it for lease for just 399 euros ($498) a month with a down payment of 8,473 euros ($10,582). If Daimler was going to price it honestly, it ...

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    Video: Tesla Model S scores 5 stars in Euro NCAP crash test
    Suprised? Didn't Think So 1415217780

    If you've been aching to see more Tesla Model S crash test videos, it's your lucky day. The European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) safety agency has announced that the EV scored a 5-star safety rating in a new battery of tests. And it released the video footage for you to "enjoy," which ...

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    Official: Elio 84-mpg trike will talk to your Apple Watch thanks to $2,000 Infinite Skyz option
    SkyzMatic Telematics System Will Offer Remote Tracking, More 1415202420

    Elio Motorz is getting zerious with Infinite Skyz. The highly efficient three-wheeled vehicle isn't due until late 2015 (and that may change based on the result of Elio's DOE Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan request) but we now know that the 84-mpg trike can be connected to the ...

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    Official: The 'AMG of Tesla' unveils SEMA-bound Model S
    Luxury EV Gets Entirely New Interior, Fresh Fascia From Unplugged Performance 1415115060

    Take a Tesla Model S, rip out the interior and throw on a new face and you might come up with the electric blue EV you see above. The modified Model S pictured is the new car that Unplugged Performance will bring to SEMA this week as it continues towards its self-declared goal of becoming the ...

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    Official: Fisker, Quantum pairing up to relaunch Karma PHEV
    Five Years Ago, These Companies Had A Similar Deal 1415105760

    The upcoming relaunched Fisker Karma will look a lot like the old one. Turns out, the brains of the car will share a lot with the old Karma as well. Fisker (and its new owner, Wanxiang) and Quantum Technologies have announced a deal worth over $5 million. Quantum is going to license its plug-in ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf sets another monthly sales record, Chevy Volt remains steady
    Nissan Has Now Sold More EVs In A Single Year Than Anyone, Ever In US 1415027640

    Here we go again. Another month in the books and another month of record sales by the Nissan Leaf in the US. For October, the world's best-selling pure EV sold 2,589 units, which is 29.3 percent more than October 2013. That makes it 20 times in a row that Nissan can say that last month sales were ...

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    Report: Four groups sue EPA over LA anti-smog plan
    CARB, SCAQMD Signed Off On New Rules 1414961280

    The air in Los Angeles is better than it has been in the past, but that isn't stopping four environmental and health groups from suing the EPA to do a better job. Two national groups (the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council) are filing the lawsuit with two local groups ...

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    Video: 2016 Chevy Volt powertrain video teasers
    Before We See The New Car, We Get To Look Inside 1414778340

    If there's one thing we've learned about plug-in vehicle fans, you have a thing for seeing your cars get made. The series of videos showing BMW i3 production was strangely popular, as were the shots from inside the VW e-Golf plant. Well, with General Motors pulling the veil off of the 2016 Chevy ...

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    Report: Converted Mazda5 EV goes 457 miles on one charge in Slovenia
    Slovenia's Andrej Pecjak Had Kilometers To Spare After Reaching Croatia 1414756800

    There's a lot of EV love going on in Slovenia. While we've heard about the country's biofuel work before, the electric vehicle scene has thus far escaped our radar. This will no longer be the case, thanks to the work of Andrej Pecjak and the crew at the Metron Institut. Recently, Pacjak and his ...

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    Official: Nissan breaks annual EV sales record with two months to spare
    Leaf Could Hit 30,000 Sales This Year 1414692000

    Nissan has sold more pure EVs in the US this year than any other automaker, ever. And there are still two selling months left. Last year, Nissan sold a record 22,610 Leaf electric vehicles in the US. This year, through the end of September, Nissan sold 21,822 Leafs and has been selling more than ...

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    Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will not need premium gas
    Current Owners Told GM To Change Pricey Requirement 1414596540

    Buried in the new technical details of the 2016 Chevy Volt released yesterday was a throwaway line about a small but important change that's due to the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The first-gen Volt has always required premium gas but the new powerplant will be happy burning plain old ...

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    Tesla stock goes on wild ride following negative report
    Elon Musk's Tweet Sends TSLA Back Up 1414584000

    Trading Tesla Motors stock is not for the faint hearted. For example, the stock was worth $235.24 at the end of trading on Friday but then dropped to $221.67 by the end of Monday. After yesterday's trading, it was back up to $242.77, a gain of almost 10 percent on the day. The movement was ...

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    Official: 2016 Chevy Volt will have more EV range, bigger battery
    New 1.5-Liter Engine Also Used In Chinese Cruze 1414524780

    Meet the new Volt, not the same as the old Volt. That appears to be the story when General Motors introduces the 2016 Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Today we're getting some more details on the guts of the new plug-in hybrid, and it turns out they're going to be much improved from ...

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