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Today at the Washington Auto Show, Secretary Chu announced a new EV Everywhere initiative -- the Workplace Charging Challenge -- designed to increase the convenience of owning an electric vehicle by expanding consumer access to charging stations. While there, Secretary Chu also had a chance to visit a number of automakers to see the latest models of fuel-efficient and electric vehicles.

The photo gallery shows highlights of the Secretary’s tour, which included checking out the new lower-priced 2013 Nissan Leaf. Nissan moved Leaf production for the U.S. market to its new Smyrna, Tennessee, Vehicle Assembly Plant -- helping to cut the price of its electric vehicle by 20 percent. The Secretary also had the opportunity to see the 2014 Cadillac ELR -- the luxury electric vehicle built on the same powertrain platform used in the Chevy Volt -- and explore Ford’s Ecoboost technology -- a family of engines designed to deliver consistent power while increasing fuel efficiency.

One of the biggest changes at this year’s auto show is that all of the advanced technology vehicles are integrated into the automaker’s individual booths, signaling an acceptance of alternative fuel vehicles as viable consumer options. Many of these fuel-efficient vehicles are built right here in the U.S., increasing America’s competitiveness in the clean energy economy while decreasing our dependence on oil.