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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

  • Car Giants Focus On Lithium Battery Production

    Published 26 May 2018 | viewed 29,068 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 8,471 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 18,276 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 31,960 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 21,742 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 6,662 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 8,849 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 16,714 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 20,014 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 19,850 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 16,886 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…

  • Can European Car Giants Dethrone Tesla?

    Published 08 March 2018 | viewed 8,871 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 11,062 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 12,069 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 16,087 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 18,779 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 8,900 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 10,757 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 13,184 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 10,555 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…

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