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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: 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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    Official: $76,400 Porsche S E-Hybrid will debut in Paris
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    The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid will be an all-new model, one that adds a plug – and the required associated technological bits – to the currently available Cayenne S Hybrid. The most important of those bits is a 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery, but Porsche's Calvin Kim told ...

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    Biggest climate change march in NYC feels like something even bigger
    Rockefellers Divest From Fossil Fuels, And Much More 1411602840

    Is it just us, or did something happen at that 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York City this week? The largest-ever climate change march took place in the city and the headlines were full of interesting items, from the famous oil family the Rockefellers divesting their charity from ...

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    Rumormill: Next Toyota Prius coming in 60-mpg 'Eco Grade' version?
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    There's some mystery surrounding the fuel economy level of the next-generation Toyota Prius. The closest we've had to an official number is 55 miles per gallon, which was hinted at by Toyota Motor Corporation's managing officer, Satoshi Ogiso, last year. That number wasn't an official target, but ...

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    Official: New world record set with 507 EVs in parade [w/video] *UPDATE
    Biggest National Drive Electric Week Celebration Is In California 1411325700

    Let's be honest, with more and more electric vehicles out in the world, it's getting easier to bring more and more of them together in one spot. Still, the work that goes into convincing over 500 EV owners to show up at one place at one time should be rewarded. And, in the case of the San ...

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    Video: Toyota ad says fuel cell cars are inevitable
    Are You A Handbrake Or A Trailblazer? 1411081080

    Toyota's confidence in H2 technology remains as strong as ever. The company has released a new commercial that says it's not a matter of if we all start driving hydrogen cars, but when. In fact, the 70-second spot calls 2015 the turning point for the alternative powertrain technology. Here's a ...

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    Exclusive: IRS won't, or can't, reveal how many plug-in vehicle tax credits are left
    No One At The Federal Agency Seems To Know What's Going On 1411066740

    The IRS has set up a page to help track individual automaker sales figures, but it's a complete mess. One of the benefits of driving a plug-in vehicle these days is a federal tax credit worth up to $7,500. Officially called IRC 30D, this credit is intended to make the high cost of new EVs ...

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    ETC: Blink, CarCharging Group catching flack for EV charging price hike
    Online Petition Says Per-kWh Charging Is Not The Right Move 1410975900

    Joe Dugandzic of Phoenix, AZ doesn't like to see the cost for driving his EV increase. So much so that he started a petition against a recent price hike by CarCharging Group, Inc. (which owns Blink) asking the company to reverse the increase. The change represents "a price increase of more ...

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    Official: Renault Eolab is a hyperefficient, conventional-looking answer to VW's XL1 [w/video]
    260 MPG Concept Coming To Paris 1410906540

    *UPDATE: There was an error in the official information from Renault that caused some confusion about the weight of the Eolab. This has been corrected. Watch out Volkswagen, Renault has your number. Debuting at the Paris Motor Show in a few weeks, this Renault Eolab concept aims to match the ...

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    Report: Nissan not shuttering Leaf EV battery plants, at least not yet
    But A Switch To LG Chem May Be Under Discussion 1410818280

    The big news on the electric vehicle front today is that Nissan is considering slowing down EV battery production in the US and UK and source all of Nissan's big packs come from Japan. Nissan may also buy some batteries from the Korean company LG Chem. This is apparently causing dissent within ...

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    Report: Nevada's $1.2 billion deal for Tesla Gigafactory lets EV company sell direct
    Movie Tax Breaks, Insurance Companies Losing Out 1410564600

    Now that the Nevada deal for the Tesla Motors Gigafactory has the governor's signature, we've got more details on the automaker's $1.2-billion benefits package. As originally reported, this is the broad breakdown: $725 million for a 20-year 100 percent sales tax abatement $332 million for a ...

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    Official: Kia Soul EV priced at $33,700*, leases start at $249/month
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    Kia must have thought VW was aiming a little high when the German automaker priced its upcoming electric vehicle for the US market. Kia has just announced that the price for its new Soul EV will be $33,700 (before any tax incentives) when it comes to the US later this year. That's well above the ...

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    Official: VW issues orders for police version of e-Golf
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    If the Toyota Prius could be used (in fiction, anyway) as a quiet way to do a drive-by shooting, then a pure electric vehicle should have some silent benefits for the police. It's happening in the real world thanks to the new police-spec VW e-Golf. On display at an international police equipment ...

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    Exclusive: How Toyota's 100-year textile history influenced FCV hydrogen fuel cell car
    H2 Tanks Will Likely Need To Be Inspected Every Few Years 1410393420

    Turns out, Toyota had a surprising ace in the hole when it came to building the new fuel tanks for the FCV hydrogen fuel cell car, which is coming next year. Well before Toyota became the Toyota Motor Company, it was the Toyota Industries Corporation and it made textile looms. This is important ...

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    Official: California has sold 102,440 EVs since Volt, Leaf went on sale in 2010
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    Last July, Plug In America declared that a Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Alabama was the 100,000th electric vehicle sold in the US. Today, the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative announced that that many EVs have now been sold in California alone. To celebrate the milestone – which was ...

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