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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

  • Ford Starts Up $4B Autonomous Vehicle Unit

    Published 28 July 2018 | viewed 11,695 times

    While Ford has been emphasizing trucks and SUVs over passenger cars, that may soon be changing over to a new business model. On Tuesday, the…

  • Is This The Next Global Leader In Ride Hailing Services?

    Published 19 July 2018 | viewed 6,244 times

    Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing took another step forward in its strategy of being a global leader in mobility services. Booking Holdings, which runs popular…

  • China Is Dominating Global EV Markets

    Published 12 July 2018 | viewed 8,045 times

    China’s dominant role in electric vehicle manufacturing and sales has yet to be curtailed by the trade war launched by President Donald Trump. The lack…

  • The Energy Companies Fighting For EV Charging Dominance

    Published 04 July 2018 | viewed 13,476 times

    Oil companies and utilities won’t dispute that electric vehicles are on the cusp of becoming mass market. Their battle will be more over which business…

  • Jeff Bezos Is Preparing To Sell Space Travel Tickets

    Published 28 June 2018 | viewed 12,374 times

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is offering a chance to buy tickets for space travel starting next year — and is taking on SpaceX’s chief Elon…

  • Tesla And GM Close To Capping Out On EV Tax Incentives

    Published 27 June 2018 | viewed 13,371 times

    Tesla and General Motors are seeing the beginning of the end for crucial U.S. federal tax incentives needed to transition interested car shoppers into electric…

  • EV Makers Receive Little Support From Trump

    Published 14 June 2018 | viewed 7,357 times

    Automakers are looking for states to support electric vehicle sales and charging infrastructure development — regardless of what President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott…

  • Elon Musk Survives Attempted Coup

    Published 06 June 2018 | viewed 17,647 times

    Tesla chief Elon Musk just survived the first serious attempt by major investors to cut back his power in the company. Several shareholder funds had…

  • Wireless Charging Is The Future Of EVs

    Published 30 May 2018 | viewed 9,952 times

    Wireless charging is finally making its way to market as an energy source for electric vehicles, with BMW readying to start production in July for…

  • Car Giants Focus On Lithium Battery Production

    Published 26 May 2018 | viewed 27,291 times

    Years ago, the great automotive “chicken or egg” debate centered on which technology would lead the way: the electric vehicle or the charging infrastructure. Now…

  • Truck Sales Hold Steady Despite Soaring Gas Prices

    Published 17 May 2018 | viewed 7,521 times

    While gasoline is up 50 cents per gallon over last year, car shoppers are still leaning toward larger, fuel-sipping vehicles over small, fuel-efficient cars. Oil…

  • Can Volkswagen Compete With Tesla?

    Published 09 May 2018 | viewed 17,402 times

    Volkswagen AG’s new CEO, Herbert Diess, has taken on a corporate mission — to knock Tesla Inc. off its mantle as the global leader in…

  • Is This The End Of Diesel Trucks?

    Published 05 May 2018 | viewed 30,529 times

    Truck fleet operators who not long ago rejected the idea of bringing in electrified commercial vehicles are starting to open up — but doubts still…

  • The Biggest Challenge In Electric Car Markets

    Published 29 April 2018 | viewed 19,251 times

    Volkswagen is spending $2 billion in America to correct its “Dieselgate” cheating scandal — and to move beyond the typical upscale electric car shopper that…

  • The World’s First Robo Taxi Fleet

    Published 18 April 2018 | viewed 5,705 times

    Nissan Motor Co. wants to beat its competitors by rolling out the world’s first robotaxi fleet. Nissan is counting on its collaboration with DeNA, a…

  • Uber And Tesla Won’t Abandon Autonomous Cars

    Published 16 April 2018 | viewed 7,595 times

    While ride-hailing giant Uber and electric carmaker Tesla are facing serious safety investigations, neither company is backing away from the autonomous vehicle technology that played…

  • Tesla’s Production Problems Aren’t Going Anywhere

    Published 04 April 2018 | viewed 15,087 times

    Tesla Inc. had some good news to report during its quarterly shareholder call on Tuesday, but it may not be enough to salvage the electric…

  • Europe Cracks Down On Diesel Vehicles

    Published 27 March 2018 | viewed 16,942 times

    Diesel-powered passenger vehicle sales are declining in Europe as governments put more pressure on automakers to cut production and sales in the post-Volkswagen diesel emissions…

  • Is Tesla In Crisis?

    Published 22 March 2018 | viewed 17,042 times

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk is facing a series of headache-inducing calamities as he pushes to transform the electric carmaker from niche player to mass-market manufacturer…

  • Diesel Trucks Are Here To Stay

    Published 13 March 2018 | viewed 13,931 times

    While alternative fuel commercial trucks are gaining interest from fleet operators, diesel is still set to dominate medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for several years. That…

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