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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

  • Can European Car Giants Dethrone Tesla?

    Published 08 March 2018 | viewed 8,115 times

    European automakers are using the Geneva auto show as a platform to take on Tesla. The Swiss motor show has been heightened in importance in…

  • RoboTaxis Won’t Be Taking Over Any Time Soon

    Published 04 March 2018 | viewed 10,305 times

    Automakers are making serious commitments to robotic, electrified vehicles of the future - but car buyers haven’t yet bought in. The Center for Automotive Research…

  • Metal Prices Surge As EV Production Grows

    Published 27 February 2018 | viewed 11,070 times

    The cost of lithium ion batteries will need to be cut down substantially for electric car purchases to become appealing to millions more car shoppers…

  • The World’s Most Gridlocked Cities

    Published 17 February 2018 | viewed 14,667 times

    If you’re thinking about the most traffic-congested cities in the world, images from Beijing and Mumbai may pop up — streets jammed with buses, trucks,…

  • Nearly Half Of All Public Buses Will Be Electric By 2025

    Published 08 February 2018 | viewed 15,516 times

    Within the next seven years, nearly half of the buses used by municipal transit districts will be electric, with China playing a leading role. That…

  • Volkswagen Takes The Blame For Monkey Testing Scandal

    Published 01 February 2018 | viewed 8,311 times

    Volkswagen Group (OTCMKTS:VLKAY) is feeling the vise grip tighten with accusations about its role in testing toxic diesel fumes on monkeys and humans. The German…

  • China, U.S. Join Forces In EV Race

    Published 30 January 2018 | viewed 9,870 times

    Why would U.S.-based electric truck maker Via Motors collaborate with Chinese auto giant Zhejiang Geely to jointly manufacture a medium-duty plug-in hybrid truck? In recent…

  • Elon Musk Could Go Unpaid For A Decade

    Published 27 January 2018 | viewed 12,320 times

    Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk has extremely high expectations for the electric automaker’s performance over the next decade — and if it isn’t reached, he…

  • Luxury Automakers Pivot To EVs

    Published 20 January 2018 | viewed 9,545 times

    Global automakers see electrified luxury cars as vital to being Tesla-competitive, government mandate-compliant, and standing out as high-performance innovative carmakers. Product announcements this week from…

  • Will 1 Billion EVs Crash Gasoline Demand?

    Published 08 January 2018 | viewed 11,784 times

    Vehicle fuel consumption should see a major decline globally, but it won’t happen for a couple of decades. Last year was big on announcements from…

  • Number Of EV Charging Points To Rise Significantly

    Published 27 December 2017 | viewed 12,753 times

    Gasoline stations outnumber electric vehicle charging stations by a wide margin in key global markets. That gap is expected to narrow with planned charger installations…

  • Toyota Could Become Tesla’s Next Big Headache

    Published 21 December 2017 | viewed 31,734 times

    Toyota Motor Corp. is making a serious commitment to bringing electrified vehicles into its fleet. The move goes against the widely held perception that the…

  • The Trillion Dollar Industry That Boosts Oil Consumption

    Published 16 December 2017 | viewed 20,408 times

    Rapid growth in mobility services like Uber and Didi Chuxing, combined with autonomous and electrified vehicles, will cause a seismic shift in the automotive and…

  • The Billionaires Betting On Space Travel

    Published 11 December 2017 | viewed 12,312 times

    The space race is on for some of the biggest names out there. Leading technology giants like Amazon.com, SpaceX, Microsoft, Virgin Group, Google, and Facebook…

  • Who Will Win The Self-Driving Taxi Race?

    Published 30 November 2017 | viewed 10,347 times

    Ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft have become transportation platforms for automakers and tech giants to someday bring automated, electrified mobility to the mass market. It’s…

  • Is Tesla’s E-Truck A Game Changer For Energy Markets?

    Published 21 November 2017 | viewed 13,477 times

    Automotive and financial market analysts wonder what Tesla CEO Elon Musk could possibly be thinking. Tesla is facing a real crossroads in its future as…

  • Goldman: Automated Trucks To Cost 300k Jobs Per Year

    Published 14 November 2017 | viewed 34,775 times

    While Google’s Waymo company has taken center stage for bringing self-driving cars to roads, autonomous trucking may make it to the mainstream first.  Silicon Valley…

  • Shell Gears Up For Peak Gasoline

    Published 07 November 2017 | viewed 23,345 times

    Royal Dutch Shell is hedging its bets over the next two decades with expectations that motor fuel consumption will be diminishing and other markets rising.…

  • Why Did Tesla’s Stock Crash?

    Published 02 November 2017 | viewed 10,877 times

    Tesla, Inc. has been keeping its word on hitting Model 3 production targets and financial goals – at least compared to what happened with the…

  • Tesla Looks To Dominate China’s EV Market

    Published 25 October 2017 | viewed 12,152 times

    Tesla, Inc., on Sunday confirmed that it’s been in talks with the Chinese government to set up shop in a free trade zone in the…

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