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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: Toyota has 200 orders for 2016 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car
    Production Starts In December At Same Secret Workshop That Made Lexus LFA 1417449420

    Toyota built 500 Lexus LFA supercars between 2010 and 2012 in what Automotive News has called a "secretive workshop." The automaker has been wondering what to do with that production line since the last LFA rolled off in December 2012 and, like so much else for Toyota these days, the answer is a ...

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    Report: DC fast charging standard on 2015 BMW i3 EV
    You're Gonna Get Seat Heaters, Too 1417438980

    The BMW i3 is about to get a lot cooler. No, wait, a lot warmer. That's because there will a few new standard features in the i3 plug-in vehicles sold in the US, including seat heaters and satellite radio. Oh, and DC fast charging.

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    Official: Renault-Nissan has sold 200,000 EVs, claims 58 percent global share
    Most Of Those Are Due To Popular Leaf, Which Has Sold 67,000 In US 1417028160

    The all-electric Renault Zoe sold 10,000 units during its first year on sale and the French automaker has sold a total of about 51,500 EVs since starting sales of its four-vehicle EV lineup in 2011. Renault's collection also includes the Twizy two-seater, the Fluence sedan and the Kangoo van ...

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    Report: EPA: 2014 renewable fuel standards 'significantly delayed'
    Biofuel Producers Get Happy, Frustrated 1417016160

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not going to decide just yet how much biofuel to add to the national fuel supply in the future. Last year, the EPA said, for the first time ever, that it might reduce the biofuel component in American gas, but is now saying that the 2014 standards rule ...

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    Eco-Motive gets patent for CNG-gas hybrid H-Motor
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    If you've ever wanted a powerplant that looks more like a greeble from a Star Wars spaceship than a block engine, Eco-Motive has your answer. The just-announced dual-fuel "H" engine can burn gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG).

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    Rumormill: Is Tesla under investigation from the SEC? *UPDATE
    Probes Reporter Thinks It's On To Something With FOIA Requests 1416873600

    UPDATE: Tesla spokesperson LIz Jarvis-Shean told AutoblogGreen that "We don't comment on rumor and speculation."

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    Official: Car2go turns your smartphone into carsharing key with Mobile Access
    You No Longer Need A Card To Share A Car 1416859140

    For all the smarts in the Smart cars used in Car2go, the cars haven't been smart enough to talk to users' smart phones. At least, not in the way you might want them to talk to each other. Until now, Car2go users have had to carry a special card with them to gain access to the broad network of ...

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    Los Angeles: Mullen 700e proves there's no coda for some EV brands
    1416525540

    "Coda did a good job developing the car ... but when they got to the starting line, it died." – Richard Curtis

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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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    Official: BMW i3 wins 2015 Green Car of the Year award
    Beats Out CNG, Hybrid And High-Efficiency Gas Finalists 1416504300

    The popular little BMW i3 (popular in the US, at least) was named the 2015 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. The award doesn't just take into account a car's green credentials but also its "availability to the mass market." While the i3 is a bit expensive, starting at ...

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    Official: Honda spending $13.8 million on hydrogen infrastructure with FirstElement
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    Honda is partnering with FirstElement Fuel to increase the number of hydrogen refueling stations in California. The two have signed a letter of intent to provide $13.8 of financial assistance that, with some state money, could let FirstElement build "at least 12 stations." This is the second OEM ...

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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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    Video: What was Michelin Challenge Bibendum doing in China?
    One Of The World's Largest Green Car Gatherings In A Place That Needs It 1416358620

    There were any number of things said at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum last week that could easily be taken as platitudes. In the opening address by the CEO of the Michelin Group, Jean-Dominique Senard, for example, we have this: the Challenge has "the goal of imagining and creating the mobility ...

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    2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle likely to get 60 MPGe
    Five Kg Of Hydrogen And 300-Mile Range Leads To Simple Outcome, We Think 1416327900

    Toyota isn't talking about the Mirai's fuel economy just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't make an educated guess. And we do so by looking at the competition and knowing that the DOE says that "One kg of hydrogen is roughly equivalent to one gallon of gasoline."

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    Official: 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 for ...

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    Read This: BioWillie, Willie Nelson's biodiesel dream, goes up in smoke
    Singer's Biofuel Plans Looked Good In 2008, But Not In 2014 1416265200

    Here's a blast from the past, the name BioWillie hasn't been heard on these pages since 2008, and its reappearance today isn't a bit of good news. The ambitious plan from country music singer WIllie Nelson to help American farmers by turning their crops into American fuel for American truckers (are ...

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    Report: VW bringing fuel cell concept to LA Auto Show
    Surprise Entry Into The Show's Green Theme This Year 1416236280

    Amid the flurry of hydrogen announcements from Toyota and Honda last night, Volkwagen has something to add: a new hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle. This will be the first VW hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in many years – remember the Tiguan Hy-Motion back in 2008? – and it comes as a bit ...

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    Official: 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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    Official: Sun Country EVEN headed to Iceland
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    It's hard to make out, but there is a road that connects Canada and Iceland. And it's got free electric boat car charging stations as far as the eye can see.

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