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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

  • SUVs Not EVs: The Electric Car Boom Hits A Snag

    Published 13 January 2020 | viewed 13,355 times

    Europe started its long-anticipated vehicle emissions rules on January 1, and China and the US (at least California) will be tightening theirs as well. Automakers are, for…

  • Automakers Face Tough New Standards In EU

    Published 01 January 2020 | viewed 11,438 times

    The long-awaited light-duty vehicle emission rules will hit light-duty vehicle makers working in EU member countries on January 1. Vehicle manufacturers will have to sell many…

  • Has Tesla Finally Conquered China?

    Published 26 December 2019 | viewed 12,247 times

    While new vehicle sales — including new energy/electric vehicles — continued to see a downward slide in November, Tesla broke that cycle with a 14-fold gain in…

  • India Could See Real Growth In Oil Demand Next Year

    Published 03 December 2019 | viewed 14,216 times

    Next year is expected to be a turnaround for oil demand in India, according to a new study by S&P Global Platts Analytics. With weakened demand caused…

  • Tesla’s Largest Competitor Is Hidden In Plain Sight

    Published 02 December 2019 | viewed 39,978 times

    The Tesla Cybertruck is getting the enthusiasm CEO Elon Musk had hoped for, bragging that 200,000 pre-orders have already been placed for the futuristic electric pickup launched…

  • Musk: Tesla Truck Will Crush The Competition

    Published 21 November 2019 | viewed 19,813 times

    Elon Musk is making outrageous claims once again — this time about Tesla pickups that he says will be far better and more powerful than…

  • Apple Co-Founder Gives Up On Self Driving Cars

    Published 12 November 2019 | viewed 28,933 times

    For those betting on 2030 being the tipping point year for autonomous, electric vehicles taking over global new vehicle sales — you might want to…

  • The Death Of Cars Has Been Exaggerated

    Published 05 November 2019 | viewed 8,294 times

    South Korea’s largest automaker, Hyundai, has joined ranks with other major global makers — becoming a "smart mobility solutions provider" rather than a manufacturer and…

  • Tesla’s Tipping Point: Breaking Into China

    Published 28 October 2019 | viewed 16,468 times

    Tesla chief Elon Musk believes China be the tipping point that will lead to his company’s global domination of the electric vehicle stage, but it’s…

  • The Billionaire Battle For EV Dominance

    Published 22 October 2019 | viewed 10,003 times

    The neck-to-neck race to dominate the electric vehicle space continues between Elon Musk’s Tesla and Warren Buffet’s BYD. But it’s a much larger story than…

  • The Lithium Even Elon Couldn’t Buy

    Published 19 October 2019 | viewed 22,805 times

    Demand for lithium will be booming over the next few years, and the US wants to increase its share in the global market for the…

  • $35 Billion: UK Faces Huge Loss From Electric Vehicle Adoption

    Published 12 October 2019 | viewed 52,692 times

    If Great Britain keeps its commitment to switch over its vehicles to electric by 2050, the government will see a whopping loss of 28 billion…

  • Fatal Explosion Slams South Korea’s Hydrogen Future

    Published 26 September 2019 | viewed 29,947 times

    South Korea, like China and Japan, wants to see hydrogen stations fueling a million-plus fuel cell vehicles on its roads — but public safety is…

  • Amazon Makes The Largest Ever Electric Vehicle Purchase

    Published 21 September 2019 | viewed 26,763 times

    Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is betting big on startup Rivian Automotive by placing the largest-ever electric vehicle purchase order in automotive history. The Michigan-based startup will…

  • China Faces Another EV Subsidy Scandal

    Published 09 September 2019 | viewed 13,131 times

    Generous government subsidies have been behind China taking the lion’s share of global electric vehicle sales in recent years — but now they’re being called…

  • World’s Largest EV Markets Face Slowdown

    Published 04 September 2019 | viewed 11,181 times

    For electric vehicle sales to reach a solid share of global auto sales, serious growth surges will need to happen. But that's off for now…

  • Wind And Solar Gaining Edge Over Natural Gas

    Published 20 August 2019 | viewed 18,945 times

    A new U.S. Dept. of Energy study shows that the cost of generating more power through wind turbines is cheaper now than buying fuel at…

  • Middle East Oil, Carmakers Face Very High Cybersecurity Risk

    Published 12 August 2019 | viewed 8,410 times

    The threat of hackers on human lives, breached data, and system shutdowns, are being taken very seriously by automakers and oil and gas companies. Security…

  • Carmakers Face Supply Bottleneck Of This Crucial Metal

    Published 05 August 2019 | viewed 9,662 times

    For Tesla and its chief competitors in the race for global domination of electric vehicle sales, it ain’t all about lithium ion. There are other…

  • Tesla Just Lost Its Chief Innovator

    Published 30 July 2019 | viewed 12,763 times

    Tesla, Inc., just lost one of the most respected innovators in the electric vehicle business, which brings up competitive implications for the future of what…

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