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Jon LeSage

Contributor since: 15 Feb 2017

Jon LeSage

Jon LeSage is a California-based journalist covering clean vehicles, alternative energy, and economic and regulatory trends shaping the automotive, transportation, and mobility sectors.

Latest articles from Jon

  • The Success Story Behind Tesla’s Tarnished Image

    Published 12 June 2019 | viewed 6,635 times

    Yes, the honeymoon phase for passionate Tesla owners and shareholders is officially over, following a year of less-than-pleasing quarterly reports, exodus of top executives, fights…

  • GM Pulls Out Of The 'Automated Mobility' Race

    Published 29 May 2019 | viewed 6,126 times

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra promotes her company as the leading automaker of the future — with shared, autonomous, electric rides becoming the norm. For…

  • One Country That Could Win Big From The U.S., China Trade War

    Published 20 May 2019 | viewed 42,892 times

    If China follows through on its retaliatory threat of raising U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) tariffs from 10 to 25 percent, U.S. exports will be…

  • Why Elon Musk Is Wrong About Hydrogen

    Published 18 April 2019 | viewed 14,803 times

    Elon Musk was right about one thing: electric passenger cars will be beating hydrogen fuel cell cars.                …

  • “It’s Stupid”: German Professor Slams Berlin Battery Play

    Published 14 April 2019 | viewed 10,547 times

    Electric car battery sales are projected to hit $60 billion by 2030, and Germany wants to grab the lead. That will be a tall wall to…

  • Autonomous Vehicle Breakthrough Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

    Published 04 April 2019 | viewed 6,496 times

    Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are expected to become the platform for radical transformation in the automotive sector. Traditional internal combustion engine vehicles will be replaced by…

  • World’s Largest EV Market Loves Gas Guzzling Trucks

    Published 27 March 2019 | viewed 5,464 times

    While China may be the world’s largest market for electric vehicle sales, Chinese car buyers have a new love affair: pickup trucks. As in the…

  • Tesla Lagging Behind Competitors In European EV Markets

    Published 21 March 2019 | viewed 13,185 times

    CEO Elon Musk and the Tesla team have succeeded in making their company the most widely used electric vehicle brand name, but this has not…

  • Car Companies Close Stores As The “Amazon Effect” Takes Hold

    Published 12 March 2019 | viewed 15,507 times

    Tesla, Inc., won’t be closing all its retail stores, but the game will continue to change for the electric automaker and its competitors. While Tesla…

  • China Becomes Hub For EV Sales

    Published 28 February 2019 | viewed 6,199 times

    China has become the hub for global electric vehicle sales, taking half the market share last year. CBS News’ “60 Minutes” just broadcasted an in-depth…

  • Amazon To Invest In Electric Pickups, SUVs

    Published 19 February 2019 | viewed 6,060 times

    Amazon.com, Inc., just added electric trucks and SUVs to its broad investment portfolio. Electric truck and SUV startup Rivian just announced that its $700 million funding…

  • Forget EVs, Detroit's Big 3 Battle For Heavy-Duty Truck Segment

    Published 18 February 2019 | viewed 7,461 times

    The Detroit 3 are in a heated battle to take the lead in a highly-profitable segment:  heavy-duty pickups. The days of striving to take the…

  • What Drives China’s Electric Vehicle Sales?

    Published 29 January 2019 | viewed 9,753 times

    China continues to dominate the world’s electric vehicle sales, but a new study finds that a good chunk of it is going to fleets to…

  • Is The Trade War Finally Coming To An End?

    Published 29 December 2018 | viewed 20,993 times

    The U.S. and China may be ready to stabilize trade relations, with a U.S. government delegation traveling to Beijing during the week of Jan. 7…

  • Dark Horse In Battery Tech Could Beat Tesla

    Published 19 December 2018 | viewed 32,350 times

    Battery maker 24M just received funding for its SemiSolid lithium-ion battery that could have Tesla and other electric carmakers beat in energy storage and electric…

  • Will Self-Driving Cars Ever Be Safe Enough?

    Published 12 December 2018 | viewed 6,763 times

    Autonomous vehicle trial runs are growing in real numbers in California, and so are the crashes coming from the self-driving cars. The California Department of…

  • Flying Cars Coming Much Sooner Than You’d Think

    Published 28 November 2018 | viewed 12,473 times

    Flying cars were thought to be coming as soon as four years from now, but actually commercial models are coming up sooner than what had…

  • South Korea Dominates Global LNG Shipping Market

    Published 21 November 2018 | viewed 9,742 times

    South Korea is continuing to hold its dominant position in tanker delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by winning major shipping orders over the next…

  • Trade War Puts The Brakes On U.S. LNG Dominance

    Published 30 October 2018 | viewed 7,622 times

    The U.S.-China trade war is throwing off a new liquefied natural gas production plant in North America, as LNG Ltd. loses Chinese customers. Australia-based LNG…

  • When Will Self-Driving Cars Go Mainstream?

    Published 25 October 2018 | viewed 10,058 times

    Tech giants like Apple and Waymo, along with carmakers such as General Motors and Tesla, are counting on autonomous vehicles becoming the norm in auto…

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