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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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The Bolt EV will offer a 200-mile range for about $30,000.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

General Motors unveiled its production-ready 2017 Bolt EV at the Consumer Electronics Show. CEO Mary Barra told the techie audience the vehicle will offer an array of connected-car features. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of GM.

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The Petersen Automotive Museum's exterior was inspired by iconic motion-blur photos of traffic in Los Angeles freeways. Photo courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum.

Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is reopening to the public on Dec. 7, following a $90-million renovation that significantly expands exhibit space and brings a bold new exterior design. The museum hosted a media event Dec. 3. Photos by Paul Clinton and courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum.

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2015 L.A. Auto Show: Green Vehicles

The 2015 L.A. Auto Show brought three hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and plenty of plug-in hybrids. Read our perspective about themes from the show here. Photos by Paul Clinton, Thi Dao, Amy Hercher, Kat Sandoval, and Chris Wolski.

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