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Alliance AutoGas technicians converted this F-150 to run on propane autogas.

2017 Work Truck Show in Pictures

The 2017 Work Truck Show offers up an array of new trucks, engines, and other commercial vehicle announcements. The show runs from March 14 to 17 in Indianapolis. Read our coverage here. Photos by Chris Brown, David Cullen, Lauren Fletcher, and courtesy of Blossman and NTEA.

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The view from the parking lot above Fort Point near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Chevrolet's 2017 Bolt EV

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has arrived as the most capable affordable battery-electric vehicle, by offering 238 miles of range with a price tag of around $30,000 after the $7,500 federal incentive. Automotive journalists drove the vehicle at a GM event in San Francisco. Photos by Paul Clinton.

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The Model S is 196 inches long, 86.2 inches wide, and has a wheelbase of 116.5 inches.

Tesla's Model S

The Tesla Model S P100D features a 100 kWh battery that offers a range of over 300 miles on a full charge. The vehicle contains an all-electric powertrain and is available with an all-wheel-drive system. Look for an update about Tesla's fleet strategy in an upcoming issue of Automotive Fleet. Photos by Andy Lundin and Eric Gandarilla

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

2016 L.A. Auto Show: Green Vehicles

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles dominated the 2016 show, suggesting that manufacturers want to give drivers electrified powertrains with range anxiety. Read full coverage here. Photos by Chris Brown, Paul Clinton, Thi Dao, Amy Hercher-Winter, Andy Lundin, Roselynne Reyes, and Chris Wolski.

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NHTSA's Tim Johnson discusses how vehicles have gotten safer and the work his research group has done.

2016 Fleet Technology Expo in Pictures

The 2016 Fleet Technology Expo (FTX) gave fleet managers and stakeholders speakers and a ride and drive. Attendees had the opportunity to network and learn about the latest equipment and technology in the exhibit hall. Among the awards presented was the inaugural Fleet Visionary awards, which were sponsored by Merchants Fleet Management. Photos by Thi Dao, Jim Park, and Roselynne Reyes.

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With a goal of two hours, the two technicians converted the truck in a record-setting one hour and 32 minutes. (PHOTO: Alliance AutoGas)

Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Ride

At the 2016 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Alliance AutoGas converted a Ford F-150 to run on propane autogas in only one hour and 32 minutes. After the conversion, the truck embarked on a nationwide, coast-to-coast tour towing a propane autogas converted mower. Photos courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

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The Decherd Powertrain plant employs about 1,600 people, and is highly automated.

Nissan's Decherd Powertrain Plant

Nissan Motor Company recently took automotive journalists on a tour of its Decherd Powertrain Plant in Decherd, Tenn., in conjunction with its media launch of the TITAN XD V-8 gasoline model. The Decherd Powertrain Plant produces more than 1 million engines for nine of the OEM's models it sells in the U.S., in addition to the Patrol, which is sold in Japan. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Chris Wolski.

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The Bolt EV’s drive system uses a single high-capacity electric motor to propel the car.

Chevrolet Bolt EV’s Powertrain

General Motors has released new photos of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV's battery-electric powertrain, which enables a range of more than 200 miles. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of GM.

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The Ioniq eco-focused vehicle is the first in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform.

Hyundai's Electrified Ioniq Sedans

Hyundai is offering three eco-focused sedans for 2017 under the Ioniq nameplate, including a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric models. Hyundai unveiled the models at the New York International Auto Show. Read more here.

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The A3 e-tron provides about 31 miles of EV range.

Audi's 2016 A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi's A3 Sportback e-tron marks the automaker's first offering of a plug-in electric hybrid. The Euro-styled hatch has just arrived in the U.S. for sale. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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