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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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    Video: Tesla Model S has secret menu that shows possible upcoming features
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    The Telsa Model S may have won just about every automotive award it could last year, but that doesn't mean it's a perfect vehicle. Far from it. Drivers have been asking when the already high-tech vehicle will get somewhat normal features, like adaptive cruise control or blind spot detection. ...

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    Shanghai: Detroit Electric, Geely announce strategic partnership for electric vehicles
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    The revived Detroit Electric company will be partnering with China's Geely, but the mission is not to cooperate on bringing the all-electric Tesla Roadster-like SP:01 to market. Instead, Detroit Electric and Geely will co-develop more normal passenger vehicles from Geely's Emgrand brand, ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Fiat 500e
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    Cinquecento's Electrifying One-Price Strategy Is A Gas America's electric vehicle segment is getting crowded, but sales remain tiny compared to the overall market. Listening to EV pitchmen, a key phrase heard over and over is "no compromises." This particular EV, the seller says, offers all* the ...

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    New York: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid finally adds gas-electric option to the brand [w/video]
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    For a company that does a pretty great job of tying its vehicles to the environment – or, better said, to people who like to actually get out into the environment – Subaru hasn't exactly been a leader in green vehicle production. In fact, it's 2013 and the company is finally releasing ...

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    New York: 2014 BMW 328d ready to burn oil in just four cylinders
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    Despite showing off the new 328d sedan in New Jersey yesterday, BMW though it only fair to bring the first four-cylinder diesel it will ever sell in the US to the New York Auto Show today as well. Unfortunately, the company remains vague about pertinent details like fuel economy and price, but we ...

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    Official: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is headed for US
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    Despite the fact that Daimler's press release doesn't mention this company by name, we have to assume that the 28-kWh lithium-ion battery in the upcoming 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive comes from Tesla Motors. What Daimler is being much more clear about is that the B-Class EV is coming ...

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    Geneva: Exagon Motors golden-orange Furtive-eGT looks different outside, stays the same inside
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    The previous version of the Exagon Motors Furtive-eGT was a subtle – in color, not design – silver. At the Geneva Motor Show this week, Exagon took the wraps off a beautiful copper version of the carbon fiber and honeycomb body. We're not quite sure why the wrap was necessary, since ...

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    Geneva: Belumbury Dany and Lallo Concept are every bit as zany as they sound
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    Ask the representatives at the Belumbury booth at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and they won't tell you how much the Dany quadricycle – available in both electric and gasoline versions – actually costs. Instead, they say that if you option the heck out of this little car, you won't spend ...

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    Geneva: Mitsubishi debuts Concept CA-MiEV, a new suburban EV with a 186-mile range
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    Mitsubishi is stretching the electric jellybean. For years, the i-MiEV was regular presence at Mitsubishi's auto show booths around the world, and the car rightfully earned its nickname because of its rounded shape. Today, at the Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi finally unveiled a version of the ...

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    Video: Toyota sizzle reel gives better look at i-Road Geneva concept
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    Toyota is taking the tiny tandem Tango to Tron town. In a teaser video for the new i-Road, debuting at the Geneva Motor Show next week, we catch a light-bike-like glimpse of Toyota's quirky tandem-seat concept. We still don't know much about the vehicle itself, but the video does flash the words ...

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    Official: Mercedes AMG and Cigarette Racing debut 2,220-HP electric motor boat
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    Take the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell, stretch it and take off the wheels then make it float and you've basically got the just-unveiled Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept. Powered by an all-electric powertrain that offers 2,200 horsepower and 2,213 pound-feet of torque (and uses "numerous ...

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    Report: Coda Automotive undergoes "massive layoffs" *UPDATE
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    Plug In Cars is reporting that there have been "massive layoffs" at California electric vehicle startup Coda Automotive. Apparently, more than 50 employees, "including a substantial part of its sales and marketing staff," were let go according to an anonymous source. The source said the situation ...

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    Los Angeles: Ford Fusion wins 2013 Green Car Of The Year
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    After three years that saw a diesel, a plug-in and a natural gas vehicle win Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year award, the Ford Fusion won the title this year at the start of the second day of the LA Auto Show. The Fusion was nominated in part because it has a variety of powertrain ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost
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    There's an analogy to diesel engines hiding in the new Ford Fiesta with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost powerplant. There's still a segment of the population that has bad memories of diesel engines, and that makes it harder for Audi or Volkswagen to sell their new clean diesels in the US today. Not ...

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    Official: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid rated at 45 mpg, below 47-mpg Fusion Hybrid
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    Just how important are all the luxury touches of a Lincoln compared to a Ford? They'd better be worth a two-miles-per-gallon penalty, since that's what buyers will be hit with if they choose the MKZ Hybrid over the 47-mpg Fusion Hybrid. Ford announced today that the MKZ Hybrid has been certified ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
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    The Accord Gets Friendly With A Volt-esque Powertrain After 30 years, Honda is trying to teach the old Accord new tricks, and they're of the plug-in variety. We've been teased by various prototypes at auto shows and in spy shots, but Honda will finally start selling the 2014 Honda Accord ...

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    Teased: Toyota bugs out, previews Smart INSECT connected EV concept
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    Like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, the Toyota COMS electric vehicle is becoming the Smart INSECT. Unrelated to Daimler's Smart brand, the INSECT (yes, it's an acronym, one that stands for "Information Network Social Electric City Transporter") is a one-seat electric vehicle that is ...

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    Report: 'King of Lemon Laws' lawyer successful with Fisker Karma in Wisconsin [w/video]
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    Vince Megna certainly has a way with words. In one five-and-a-half minute video, he calls the Fisker Karma a "modern-day Ford electric Pinto." He also says, "This is a beautiful car. It's just too bad it catches on fire." Would we expect anything less florid from the man who calls himself the ...

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    Report: Toyota kills plans for widespread iQ EV sales after misreading demand and battery tech
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    2012 was supposed to be the year the all-electric version of the Toyota/Scion iQ made a splash. Instead, it appears that while it remains technically true that the iQ EV will launch this year, it will be a much, much smaller splash than previously anticipated. According to Reuters, the iQ will ...

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    Official: Renault donates all-electric Popemobile to His Holiness
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    Popes know how to travel in style, as the long list of iconic Popemobiles can attest to. In recent years, His Holiness Benedict XVI – aka the "Green Pope" – has been trying to clean up those bubbly vehicles with alternative powertrains. He wanted a plug-in hybrid from Mercedes-Benz or ...

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