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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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The 2016 Prius takes on exterior design cues from Toyota's Mirai fuel cell sedan.

Driving the 2016 Toyota Prius

Toyota's 2016 Prius arrives with a Mirai-ified exterior design and 10% improvement in fuel economy, but it also helps train you to be a more fuel-efficient driver by displaying specific driving feedback on the instrument cluster next to the odometer. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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The hydrogen fuel pump we used could only fuel one vehicle at a time. The pump cues users for each step in the fueling process.

Hydrogen Fueling Step-by-Step

Fueling a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle presents a driver a more involved process, which has some similarities to fueling a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle, but it's simpler. Follow the steps, as we filled up our Toyota Mirai press vehicle in Torrance, Calif. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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The 2016 Mirai uses larger air intakes to complement the H2-oxygen mix.

Toyota's 2016 Mirai

Toyota's 2016 Mirai became the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle offered for sale in the U.S. in October of 2015. Toyota plans to sell about 30,000 Mirai sedans by the end of 2017 as it tests the commercial viability of the technology. Read our driving impressions here. Photos by Vince Taroc.

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Mike Antich
U.S. Fleet Upfitting Industry Experiencing Uptick in Consolidation

By Mike Antich
The fleet industry in the United States is no stranger to acquisitions and mergers as we have witnessed with the decades long consolidation occurring among fleet leasing and management companies, automotive OEMs and their suppliers, and daily rental companies. The same holds true for the upfitting industry, which, in the first eight months of 2017, witnessed an uptick in acquisitions.

How to Control Rogue Spending in Fleet

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Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

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Joe Thompson
How the VW Settlement Funding Can Benefit Your Fleet

By Joe Thompson
Part of the settlement required VW to establish and fund an Environmental Mitigation Trust. Over the next 10 years, the trust will fund environmental mitigation projects that specifically reduce emissions of NOx.

Listen Up (or Lose)

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