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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: 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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    Study: Doing nothing on climate change could cost auto industry millions
    Business Forward says new EPA rules will add just $7 to cost of new car 1402351260

    When it comes to climate change, the auto industry will be better served by working with the energy industry on cleaner energy plants than dealing with more and more severe weather incidents in the future. That's the finding of a new study by Business Forward, which says that supporting the EPA's ...

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    Report: Elon Musk hints at opening Tesla's EV patents [w/video]
    CEO suggests as much during launch of RHD Model S in UK 1402338420

    During the Q&A portion of Tesla's annual shareholder meeting last week, CEO Elon Musk said something that caught our ear: "I'm contemplating doing something fairly significant on that front [promoting EVs] which should be kind of controversial with respect to Tesla's patents. But I probably ...

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    Read This: Taxi drivers looking for national union as ridesharing continues pressure
    Hailo offices in the UK were vandalized with 'scabs' graffiti 1402332240

    If you were curious about how taxi drivers around the US feel about the rise of the private ridesharing mob, look no further than The New York Times. The newspaper of record is reporting that American taxi drivers are starting to talk seriously about forming a national taxi driver's union. One ...

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    Report: New Jersey votes to allow direct Tesla sales
    EV automakers will be allowed up to four stores 1402079340

    It's not quite the law that Tesla Motors can sell its car directly to customers in New Jersey, but the state has taken one step closer to that reality. Yesterday, New Jersey's Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee voted 4-0 to approve bill A3216, which would "Permits certain zero emission vehicle ...

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    Official: Elon Musk: Tesla Gigafactory location announcement coming late 2014
    Panasonic now convinced big battery cost reductions possible 1402012560

    Tesla's Gigafactory is going to be a huge deal. So huge, in fact, that Tesla's not going to announce where it will be located until later this year. You may remember that, just a month ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that, "The No. 1 thing is we want to minimize the risk timing for the Gigafactory ...

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    Official: Tesla tidbits: Roadster getting 'exciting' upgrade in 2014
    Musk will remain CEO for 4-5 years, Superchargers open to other OEMs 1401983940

    It's been quite a while since we've had news about the Tesla Roadster. The original Tesla electric vehicle hasn't been sold in the US for years and we're in a quiet period before the next-generation shows its face. We were fine with the status quo – it's not like Tesla Motors isn't keeping ...

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    Read This: Tucson hydrogen fuel cell CUV will allow Hyundai to sell more dirty cars
    Each H2 vehicle could be worth $130,000 in ZEV credits 1401926280

    With the first Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle deliveries happening soon (a bit later than expected), it's time for the Korean automaker to explain why it's offering the H2 CUV here in the states. After all, there are only 10 public hydrogen stations in the US today, according to the DOE, so it ...

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