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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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    Exclusive: Automaker interest in open Tesla EV patents is decidedly lukewarm
    Exceptions Include Mahindra, BMW And Nissan 1403904480

    Tesla Motors made big headlines when CEO Elon Musk announced a few weeks ago that he would open up all of the automaker's patents. The response has been interesting, to say the least, with some electric vehicle advocates and investor groups praising the news and others saying that what Musk did ...

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    Official: Nissan prices replacement Leaf battery at $5,500
    This Drops New Pack Cost To Under $270-Per-kWh 1403898300

    The battery pack is the single most expensive component in a plug-in vehicle and, until now, figuring out the cost to replace one has been a bit of a mystery. Last year, Nissan tried a $100/month price for a new battery in its popular Leaf, but was loudly criticized for that attempt. Today, ...

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    Report: In a switch, Teamsters now support Uber drivers in US
    Rideshare Drivers May Soon Form An Association 1403821800

    It was just two weeks ago that the Teamsters issued a statement supporting European taxi drivers in their protest against those newfangled rideshare drivers who use the Uber app. But in Los Angeles this week, Teamsters stood with Uber drivers. What's going on here? Turns out, Teamsters Local 986 ...

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    Video: MindDrive cruises California with 1972 Karmann Ghia EV
    Students Get A Charge Out Of Visiting Tesla, Google, Twitter 1403740800

    If you need a bit of inspirational EV goodness, spend some time watching the collection of videos we've got for you from Minddrive. Minddrive, as you might remember, is the education mentorship program that "uses real-world issues of our times to teach urban students critical thinking, ...

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    Video: Plug In America expects 250,000 EVs will be sold by September
    Milestone Could Hit During National Drive Electric Week 1403652540

    The group of electric vehicle supporters known as Plug In America (PIA) figures that a grand total of 220,494 plug-in vehicles have been purchased in the US since the modern wave of EVs went on sale in late 2010. Just over a year ago, PIA celebrated the 100,000th EV sold in the US, a Mitsubishi ...

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    Exclusive: 2014 Mercedes B-Class ED battery much bigger than previously stated
    Getting 17 More Miles From 36-kWh Pack Is A $600 Option 1403555520

    There was something unexpected hiding in the new configurator for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: a $600 "Temporary range extender." Since we've never heard of such a thing, we had to click through for more. The official explanation runs like this: A suite of options to further ...

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    Read This: Morgan Stanley: Tesla is world's most important automaker
    Analyst Adam Jonas Sees A Lot Of Upsides In California Automaker 1403305020

    What makes a company important? Clothing companies are important because they help cover those of us not willing or able to sew up a storm. Housing companies shelter us. And who could live without whoever it is that makes pop rocks?* But those are basic needs kinds of things. When we start to ...

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    Official: Tesla Motors EV charging technology coming to Blink network
    CarCharging Group Wants To Add Model S Adapters To Level 2 Stations 1403288040

    The first public bite on Tesla open casting call for its electric vehicle patents has been made by CarCharging, which says it wants to integrate the California automaker's EV charging tech into the Blink Network. Now, this does not mean that Blink chargers will soon be able to Supercharge. ...

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    Video: This Japanese ad for the Toyota Prius Plug In is beyond confusing
    J-Pop With AKB48, Neck Plugs and Men In Masks 1403218560

    We'll admit we don't understand all of this strange little ad for the Toyota Prius Plug In (our Japanese skills are not what they once were) but that just makes it all the more fascinating. The takeaway point is that a world full of PHEV Priuses will be astonishingly colorful at time and ...

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    Exclusive: Who can really claim first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle delivery in US?
    It Sure Seems Like Honda Has Reason To Gripe About Hyundai's Claim 1403204280

    Last month, Hyundai said that the initial deliveries of the Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles in California meant that, "For the first time, retail consumers can now put a mass-produced, federally-certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in their driveways." But try telling that to Jon Spallino. In 2005, ...

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    Official: Chevy Volt owners log half a billion electric miles, 2015 production starts
    63 Percent Of All Miles Driven On Electricity 1403197260

    As General Motors gets ready to start 2015 Volt production Monday, Chevrolet is looking back at some of the numbers that got the car to where it is today. The headline number is that Volt owners have collectively put more than a half-billion electric miles on their cars. The unsurprising upshot ...

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    Report: Tesla's gains on the dealership status quo are freaking people out
    EV Automaker Wins Dealer Fight in NY, Trending To Win In NJ 1403038860

    Tesla took two more steps towards being allowed to sell its vehicles as it chooses (that is, direct to customers) this week. Legislative efforts in New Jersey and New York both gave the California automaker legal permission (or near permission) to operate its stores. It's gotten so bad – or ...

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    Exclusive: Ford made three big mistakes in calculating MPG for 2013 C-Max Hybrid
    Latest Error Was Discovered In March 1403029680

    It's been a rough time for the official fuel economy figures for the Ford C-Max Hybrid. When the car was released in 2012, Ford made a huge deal about how it would beat the Toyota Prius V, which was rated at 42 combined miles per gallon, 44 city and 40 highway. The Ford? 47 mpg across the ...

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    Rumormill: Tesla, BMW and Nissan meeting in secret to discuss charging tech
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    It's interesting what's happening in the electric vehicle field. It used to be that BMW and Tesla were competitors. Then – and of course they're still competing, especially in the public mind – they were working together on ... something. Maybe. And now, the Financial Times reports ...

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    Official: Kia Soul EV starts production in Korea
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    As sister company Hyundai delivers its first Tucson fuel cell vehicles in California, Kia has kicked off volume production of the Soul EV in Korea. We've driven the prototype and are excited about the arrival of this electric vehicle. Kia is already calling the production start a landmark event, ...

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    Video: Nissan ZEOD RC finds nothing but trouble at 2014 Le Mans
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    Audi came away a big winner at this year's Le Mans competition, but Nissan has at least one thing to celebrate. The Pyrrhic victory apparently presages Nissan giving up on the gas-electric race car for Le Mans 2015. Before the race this weekend, the prototype ZEOD RC hybrid race car was doing ...

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    Official: Tesla Uber alles in Shanghai
    EV Automaker, Ridesharing Company Giving Away Free Rides Next Week 1402840740

    Is anyone surprised that Tesla Motors is ready to disrupt the status quo even in little ways? If you are, then here's one more example: Tesla is partnering with Uber (which taxi drivers around the world are not happy with) in Shanghai to both give people free, 15-minute rides in the electric car. ...

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    Rumormill: Chevy Spark EV could be coming to Midwest later this year
    GM's official stance is that the electric car remains a West Coast deal 1402432200

    Ohio is not known as a hotbed of EV sales – if anything, the state is a bit anti-EV, thanks to a legislative fight against Tesla's direct sales model – but it might be on Chevrolet's short list to expand the market for the Spark EV in the near future. The latest official GM press ...

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    Official: First-ever offer from EPA to tribes for cleaner diesel vehicles
    US government handing out $1 million to improve air quality 1402412400

    Everyone deserves clean air, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has never directly offered diesel emission reduction program assistance to tribal (aka Native American) entities before. This is what makes a new announcement from the EPA about a million dollars targeted at reducing ...

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    Official: With just 75 i-MiEVs sold this year, Mitsubishi introduces 2014 model
    Sales should increase, because they can't really go down 1402356540

    Late last year, Mitsubishi said the Mitsubishi i-MiEV would get a solid price drop down to $22,995 (before destination and fees). Along with the lower digits, the car is getting a bit of a content bump to make the cheapest EV in the US an even better deal. After skipping the 2013 model year, new ...

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