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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 15 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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    Los Angeles: Mullen 700e proves there's no coda for some EV brands
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    "Coda did a good job developing the car ... but when they got to the starting line, it died." – Richard Curtis Let's get this out of the way right up front: the "new" Mullen 700e is not a whole lot different than the long-expired Coda Sedan, the all-electric version it's based on. ...

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    Los Angeles: Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro packs plug-in hydrogen powertrain
    The Name Is Almost As Complicated As The Technology 1416520740

    If you think a plug-in diesel hybrid is an expensive proposition, just wait until you hear details about the just-revealed Audi A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro. The "H" in H-Tron, as you might guess, stands for hydrogen, so say hello to a new concept that combines a plug-in battery system with a ...

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    Exclusive: The real reason automakers are giving away free hydrogen
    It's Not Out Of Kindness, That's For Sure 1416430860

    Just like Hyundai did with its Tucson fuel cell, Toyota is offering free hydrogen fuel with the $57,500 Mirai H2 sedan. Toyota is being a bit vague about the details, saying simply that Mirai drivers will get, "complimentary hydrogen fuel for up to three years." Turns out, the reason that the ...

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    2016 Toyota Mirai starts at $57,500, lease for $499/month with free hydrogen fuel
    $8,000 Tax Credit Could Expire Well Before Car Arrives 1416272400

    The Toyota Mirai is coming to California next year and it will arrive bearing a $57,500 MSRP. Toyota says that with state and federal incentives worth a total of $13,000, interested customers will be able to buy a Mirai for under $45,000. If you're more into leasing, then you can get the Mirai ...

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    Honda delays hydrogen fuel cell sedan, debuts new concept
    FCEV Now Arriving In March 2016 1416198600

    Instead of hosting the world debut of the production version of its hydrogen fuel cell sedan at the LA Auto Show this coming week, Honda decided to debut the vehicle in Japan today. And, it's not the production version that was shown off, it was an evolved concept. And, instead of coming in 2015, ...

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    Official: Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell coming to US Northeast in 2016
    Japanese Automaker Confirms H2 Vehicle Name, Means 'Future' 1416193200

    Looks like someone was able to read the future back in July. That's when rumors first circulated that Toyota's upcoming fuel cell vehicle will be called the Mirai. Today, Toyota president Akio Toyoda confirmed the name alongside plans to build out a hydrogen refueling infrastructure in the US ...

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    Video: The Price Is Right plays One Away with Tesla Model S
    Contestant Gets Selfish Once Face-To-Face With Luxury EV 1414169100

    When it comes to game shows, The Price Is Right is about as mainstream as American TV gets, beaming lust for fancy new prizes into millions of homes every day. Recently, the show held its annual Dream Car Week, which this year included a Tesla Model S along with a Porsche Cayenne, a Land Rover ...

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    Official: 2015 VW e-Golf scores 116 MPGe, 83 miles of range from EPA
    Puts It At Top Of Compact Class, But Less Efficient Than BMW i3 Or Spark EV 1414087200

    The e-Golf has official EPA ratings of 126 MPGe (city) and 105 (hwy). When the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf arrives in "select states" in the US, it will be the only model sold here that could also be purchased with a diesel or standard ICE powertrain. It will also be the most efficient compact EV. ...

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    Paris: Venturi revels in its EV history with new America
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    Venturi almost always cooks up something fresh and a bit crazy for the Paris Motor Show, from the America EV dune buggy to the Eclectic, which lived up to its name. This year at the Mondial de l'Automobile, Venturi is showing off its latest vehicle – a new version of the America EV – ...

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    Spy Shots: Hyundai Prius-Fighter Hybrid could preview next attack on Toyota's champion
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    Hyundai is no stranger to the hybrid game, selling a gas-electric version of the Sonata in the US since 2011. The 2015-model-year version gets 38 miles per gallon combined, which is certainly admirable but not quite in the same league as the hybrid champion Toyota Prius (50 mpg combined). New spy ...

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    In China, Tesla Model S is missing one basic feature
    Company Says Google Is To Blame For Lack Of Nav System 1406328240

    There were questions about the nav system in the Tesla Model S when the vehicle launched in the US, and there are still people who don't like it. But here's the thing: the US version at least has a nav system. With the luxury electric vehicle now available in China, drivers are discovering that ...

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    Second Drive: 2015 Audi A3 E-Tron [w/video]
    The Four-Ring Brand's First Production E-Tron Has Us Pretty Amped 1405439820

    Over the years, we've had a chance to test a lot of Audi E-Tron vehicles, from very early all-electric prototypes (back then we only got to sit in the passenger seat) to the A6 L E-Tron PHEV and the A1 E-Tron plug-in hybrid. All of them were concepts and promises, merely whispers of what was ...

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    Beijing: Honda Concept B Hybrid production version coming to China in 2016
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    At the Beijing Motor Show this weekend, Honda took the wraps off of the Concept B Hybrid, a "new-value concept" that will apparently do its level best to get the Japanese automaker back into the entry-level gas-electric game. Powertrain details for the five-door concept hatch are noticeably ...

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    2015 Ford Focus Electric hides in plain sight
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    The styling changes to the 2015 Ford Focus were shown off at the recent Geneva Motor Show, so what the EV version looks like is not that much of a surprise. Still, the 2015 Focus Electric is making its world debut here at the New York Auto Show, so we wanted to know what changes we are looking at ...

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    Geneva: Hyundai Intrado is more than just another fuel cell concept
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    Hyundai says the Intrado is "relevant to consumers" and is "far more than a styling exercise." Just because it's packing a futuristic powertrain doesn't mean that the new Hyundai Intrado concept isn't a preview of a crossover we'll be seeing on the road in the near future. After all, the ...

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    Recalls: Tesla recalling 29,000 Model S wall chargers to prevent overheating
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    Tesla's big wall charger adapter replacement program is about to get a lot bigger. For one thing, the replacement has become an official recall. Secondly, the number of affected adapters is higher than expected: 29,222 units. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officially ...

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    Tokyo: Honda shows MC-β short-distance EV
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    Taking a page from Renault and the Twizy – the page that says you don't need real doors on a tiny electric vehicle – Honda has unveiled a new version of its tiny MC-β EV. That's tiny in terms of overall size, battery capacity and range. Should it ever go on sale in Europe, the ...

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    Los Angeles: 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell will lease for $499/month, comes with free hydrogen
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    If nothing else, Hyundai wants to make it as easy as pie for you to check out its upcoming hydrogen-powered 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle. Given that the Korean automaker will be the first to offer a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in the US (sorry, Honda, the FCX Clarity just doesn't cut it for ...

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    Los Angeles: Honda FCEV is the hydrogen-powered spaceship we'll be piloting in 2015
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    It's here and ready to make a big hydrogen-powered mark in the very near future. The Honda FCEV Concept took to the stage at the LA Auto Show today as a first look at the upcoming fuel-cell electric vehicle that Honda will launch in the US and Japan in 2015, with Europe following some time after ...

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    Quick Spin: Toyota Crown Royal Saloon Hybrid [w/video]
    Posh JDM Cruiser Is Too Soft For America 1384804680

    We don't often come into contact with the Toyota Crown Hybrid, especially in colors other than pink. But when Toyota offered us the keys and a half-hour window to test out the Japanese version of the Lexus GS on US soil not long ago, we had to accept. Driving Notes: We'll start with the ...

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