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Past articles by Sebastian:

Dacia Spring Electric Concept Proves Cool EVs Can Come In Small Packages

An all-electric CUV, the Spring Electric looks like an engaging urban get about with some sweet design touches. → Read More

EVs we're missing: Electric-car highlights from the Guangzhou Auto Show

The Guangzhou Auto Show represented the current interests of the Chinese auto market—meaning far more EV-focused than shows in the U.S. → Read More

Audi e-tron Review

If you're reading CleanTechnica, then you probably know all about the Audi e-tron. After all, this is the German automaker's big push into all-electric mobility. It's an easy-to-live-with electric SUV that should appeal to any Audi fan, and it's proof positive that Audi is trying to woo ICE drivers into the electric fold without any big compromise. If you like electric vehicles — and we assume… → Read More

7 More Shiny Shanghai Auto Show Highlights — Karma SC1, Karma Revero, NIO ET, Nexo Air Purification, Zedriv GC1 & GC2 & GT3

There seemed to be too many shiny cleantech highlights from the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show (aka Auto Shanghai 2019) to stuff into one article. So, following up on the article published earlier this evening, here's another piece highlighting other goodies from the show → Read More

Karma presents its electric-car vision to China and vies for partners

Karma Automotive doesn't have just one vision for its future. It has three. The Southern California automaker unveiled a trio of new vehicles at the Shanghai auto show this week, ranging from a near-production look of the next version of the Karma Revero to a fanciful concept called the SC1. The third, a design experiment done in partnership with... → Read More

Updated Nissan Leaf Battery — 50% More Battery

While the 2019 Nissan Leaf is part of the second-generation model of the best-selling electric vehicle, the battery pack inside the new Leaf+ is actually more like a fifth-generation unit → Read More

NIO aiming to innovate with battery cooling, patents suggest

As it works toward an entry in the U.S. and works on a next generation of vehicles that may be sold here, China's NIO is thinking a lot about batteries getting hot—more specifically, how to avoid the issue altogether. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Thursday a number of new patent applications from NIO USA, Inc., the American arm of the... → Read More

NIO Officially Launches NIO ES8 Battery At NIO Day 2018 — CleanTechnica Report

At a massive event with around 10,000 electric vehicle fans and headlined by pop singer Bruno Mars, NIO unveiled its new, all-electric, premium SUV in Shanghai, China, tonight. CleanTechnica was there to enjoy the show and cover the details. Well, I was there. The rest of the CleanTechnica team was somewhere else → Read More

7 Interesting Electric Cars At The Guangzhou Auto Show — #CleanTechnica Pics & Wrap-Up

The Guangzhou Motor Show is like the Chinese auto industry as a whole. It's huge, it's confusing (to a foreigner there for the first time), and it's full of electric vehicles. As someone who's been paying attention to the North American and, to a lesser extent, European EV scene for a dozen years, visiting the show in Guangzhou this past week was a revelation. I mean, how many new alphanumeric… → Read More

GAC Unveils 2+X Concept Vehicles In China — #CleanTechnica Pics

If you can make the perfect car for a small number of people who don't have any other great options, your sales just might be better than someone making a mediocre car for a large number of people. That's the logic behind the 2+X series of concept vehicles that GAC revealed at the Guangzhou Auto Show yesterday → Read More

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Review

The first time I drove a Hyundai Kona Electric, it was in rough prototype shape on a frozen lake in northern Sweden. That was back in February, and getting to spin the wheels in the honking traffic of Los Angeles last week made it clear that the company has done tremendous work in the intervening months to introduce one of the best all-electric vehicles on the road today → Read More

Chinese automaker Borgward built gasoline vehicles in order to sell EVs in America

Borgward is unorthodox even among the rapidly evolving cast of 21st-century automakers. It’s a Chinese company, with German heritage, that now wants to bring electric cars to the U.S. Already in the gas-powered SUV market in China, it has sold more than 100,000 units over the past two years, Now Borgward is eyeing a 2020 or 2021 debut in the U.S. with... → Read More

Audi e-tron SUV Includes Enticing Specs & Features, Arrives in USA! (For Sale Next Year)

After years of using the e-tron name on all kinds of concept vehicles and plug-in hybrid hatchbacks, Audi finally took the wraps off of the SUV that will bear this name in the marketplace in the second quarter of 2019. The all-electric e-tron is a 5-passenger SUV with a range that should compete with the long-distance EV champs out there today → Read More

What happens to electric-car sales when tax credits sunset? Each maker differs

Because each automaker has its own plans for reducing costs in their electric vehicles, there is no set game plan for how the sunset clause in the $7,500 federal tax credit will effect them. → Read More

Troll of the month: France gives grants to US climate scientists imperiled by Trump

Who would have expected France's head of state to be so adept at trolling the U.S. president? → Read More

California leads US in electric-car use, planning: here's what others can learn

California is pointing the way toward the electric-car future that the rest of the country will follow. Sooner or later. → Read More

Trump Administration on climate change: denial, confrontation, some cooperation

Summarizing Bonn after a year of Trump. → Read More

Tesla gives in, adds local charging ports on Chinese Model S, Model X electric cars

The national EV charging network in China is growing by leaps and bounds, but that expansion has not been as standardized as in the U.S. or Europe. According to an article in October by Electrek, the confusion may get a little bit easier to navigate because Tesla will adopt a two-adapter system for Model S and Model X electric cars to be sold in China. This... → Read More

2018 Nissan LEAF Test Drive Review

We drive the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF. There's a good case to be made that Nissan does know what it’s doing. Driving the new LEAF simply confirms that. → Read More

Big global companies launch EV100 effort to add electric vehicles, charging stations

If you want to make electric vehicles the new normal, why not turn boring delivery vehicles into zero-emission boxes? That's the plan of The Climate Group's new EV100 organization, launched in October, which is focused on electrifying fleets and "making electric transport the new normal by 2030." The companies that join EV100 make a public commitment that... → Read More