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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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    Report: Motor Trend tests Tesla Model S, finds 0-60 in 3.9 sec and 100.7 MPGe
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    Tesla has said the highest-end Model S has a range of 300 miles (at 55 miles per hour), but until recently, it's been tremendously difficult for anyone outside the company to verify this number. When the EPA did its testing thing, it came up with a 265-mile range estimate for the version with the ...

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    Official: Fisker Q&A sheds light, lots of light, on Karma problems, lots of Karma problems
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    Despite what some media outlets are saying, the long list of questions and answers about the Fisker Karma now floating around (and available below) is not a leaked document. Instead, it is part of Fisker's ongoing customer service operations, Roger Ormisher, Fisker's head PR director, told ...

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    Official: Fisker: cooling fan responsible for Karma fire; voluntary recall has started
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    After two short "we're looking into it" official statements (1, 2), Fisker Automotive has announced that it has completed a "detailed investigation" into the strange, spontaneous combustion of a Karma plug-in hybrid that happened in Woodside, CA last weekend. The result? A voluntary recall to fix ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid sets world speed record at 185 mph
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    After blasting down the Bonneville Salt Flats at 185 miles per hour, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is now the "world's fastest hybrid," according to VW. The modified Jetta Hybrid was driven by Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor Carlos Lago, and the official speed was 185.394 mph (298.363 ...

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    Report: 2013 Nissan Leaf will go 25% further, could cost a lot less
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    Months ago, we heard that the U.S. version of the 2013 Nissan Leaf would go farther per charge in cold weather thanks to a better heater. This was about the Leaf that will be made in Smyrna, Tennessee starting later this year. A new report on Inside EVs (based on the Japanese language Sankei Biz ...

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    Official: Tony Posawatz replaces Tom LaSorda as Fisker CEO
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    Tony Posawatz is a familiar face in the green car world, having played a prominent and public role in the development of the Chevrolet Volt as the vehicle line director for GM's plug-in hybrid. Today, we learn that Posawatz – who retired from GM last month – will be spending even more ...

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    Official: Fisker Statement: Karma batteries not to blame for fire
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    As we suspected yesterday, the first official word from Fisker about the Karma that caught fire in Woodside, CA this weekend is that the lithium ion batteries are apparently not to blame. Fisker has released a statement, which you can find below, which says that independent investigators from ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max Hybrid officially gets 47 mpg across the board; Energi hits 85 mph in EV mode
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    Two new announcements about Ford and its upcoming C-Max line of vehicles arrived today, emphasizing the vehicles' efficiency and electric performance. For the C-Max Hybrid, the previously predicted miles per gallon rating of 47 mpg is now official, per the EPA, and will apply across the board. ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV [w/video]
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    Tesla-Hearted Toyota Offers Real Sport And Utility The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is the most advanced Alpha prototype electric vehicle we've ever driven. Or maybe it's a poster child for the 21st Century automotive industry where all sorts of new things are being tried, like when old-school automakers ...

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    Video: Toyota Prius Solution: When you're dead, you can't pollute
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    Let's make this clear from the get-go: we know this is satire, courtesy of The Onion. Of course, like all good comedy, the idea for the new, fictional Toyota Prius Solution model contains a grain of truth. After all, if you aren't alive, you really can't add to the world's environmental problems ...

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    Report: London's hydrogen buses grounded during Olympics due to security fears
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    Is hydrogen a dangerous substance? It is, during the London Olympics, at least. That's why the fleet of five H2 buses that usually carries passengers between Covent Garden and Tower Gateway have been sent out to pasture for the duration of the games. Standard diesel buses will replace them. The ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid priced at $29,995 after tax credit
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    The U.S. federal tax credit for plug-in vehicles maxes out at $7,500 for cars with batteries that are 16 kWh or larger. The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid doesn't have that big of a pack, so the most the feds will grant you for buying one is $3,750. Still, the Energi's just-announced price of ...

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    Official: Honda delivers first Fit EV in California
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    Honda has made good on its promise to deliver its first Fit EV, and that delivery took place in California on Friday. Matt and Becky Walton, of Ventura County, can now claim they have the first example of Honda's all-electric car, which costs $389 a month. The Waltons got the first Fit EV because ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max Energi will have 20-mile electric range, get 95 MPGe [w/video]
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    Ford's marketing strategy for its plug-in vehicles is coming into Focus (pun intended): compare, compare, compare. When announcing the Focus Electric's 105 miles per gallon equivalent, for example, Ford made sure to note that it beats the "Nissan Leaf by 6 MPGe while also offering more motor ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf gets badged for police duty in Portugal
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    Plug-in vehicles perform police duties for Scotland Yard (Vauxhall Ampera) and the NYPD (Chevrolet Volt) and we've all seen the little EV parking-enforcement vehicles, so today's announcement that the Nissan Leaf will be used as a police vehicle in Portugal isn't surprising. What's interesting is ...

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    Official: EPA officially approves E15 for sale in U.S.
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    Putting E15 (a mix of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) on sale in the U.S. has been all but official since April, when the Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications to make E15. Now, "all but official" has become official, with the EPA giving approval for ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi promises Outlander plug-in hybrid for Paris *UPDATE
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    We've been waiting since the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show – when Mitsubishi first talked about the PX-MiEV, a plug-in CUV concept – for some sort of real-world plug-in Outlander. It looks like we're finally going to get our wish during the 2012 Paris Motor Show this fall. Today, Mitsubishi ...

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    Video: Translogic checks out the made-for-wheelchairs Kenguru EV
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    The people behind the subway-friendly, all-electric Kenguru have experienced many of the ups and downs that other start-up EV companies are all too familiar with. In fact, when you first go to the Kenguru website, it doesn't ask if you want to buy a car, it says "Investors Wanted!" But that ...

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    Rumormill: Next-gen Chevy Volt to ditch 1.4-liter engine in favor of 2.0 turbo?
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    No one at General Motors is talking publicly about a rumor post over at InsideEVs that claims the 83-horsepower, 1.4-liter range-extending gas engine currently used in the Chevrolet Volt will "definitely not" be the engine that is used in the 2014 model-year Volt. And, by no one talking publicly, ...

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    How GM got 3 more miles out of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt
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    As we learned earlier today, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt has beefed up. The new model year vehicle has a "bigger" battery and can go three extra miles when driven solely on the battery. We spoke with GM representatives to get more information on the model year updates as well as answers to some of ...

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