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Hybrid & Electric Cars: Most Popular Articles

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Can Gasoline Harm a Diesel Engine?
It can happen to anyone, learn about the problems associated with mis-fueling a diesel vehicle.
Where to Get Compressed Natural Gas Conversion...
Converting a conventional gasoline car to compressed natural gas with a CNG conversion kit may be complex, but not necessarily difficult. Here are companies that offer kits and/or installation.
First of 10 Plug-in Hybrid Models by 2017
All electric driving range is 18.6 miles
How Do Plug-in Hybrids Work?
Electric cars hybrids rely upon electric motors for propulsion and assistance--learn more about how these electric motors and generators work.
How Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
What E85 Compatible Vehicles Are and How to Use...
Wondering if your vehicle is E85 compatible? Start here to find the model and year to confirm if you have a flex-fuel vehicle that can utilize E85.
What is Regenerative Braking in a Hybrid Car?
Learn how hybrids and all-electric vehicles create their own power for battery recharging through a process known as regenerative braking.
Why You Should Know About the Diesel Fuel Cetane
Learn about cetane and how the cetane number can affect diesel engine performance.
How do Hybrid Batteries Re-charge? Do I Need to...
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.
What Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
Is it Expensive to Replace Hybrid Batteries?...
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
What does carbon neutral mean?
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
How Inverters and Converters work in Hybrids...
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
How to Convert Your Car to Run on Propane
Propane and LPG conversion kits can convert your gasoline vehicle into a bi-fuel or alt fuel vehicles. Here are some kits and companies that offer street-ready and off-road kits and conversions.
What Are the Federal Tax Credits for Hybrid...
Find out how much of a federal tax credit you're due if you buy a hybrid in the United States.
Cylinder Deactivation
Have you heard of cylinder deactivation but don’t know what it is? Maybe you’ve heard it called Active Fuel Management or Displacement on Demand. Well, find out just what cylinder deactivation is, why it’s a good idea and how it works.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
What is Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
What is PSI?
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
HCCI - Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition
It's diesel compression ignition technology for gasoline engines. Learn how and why this old yet new fuel-saving technology is on the come back, along with its advantages and disadvantages.
Honda Civic EX versus Honda Civic Hybrid Fuel...
The rubber hits the road in Scott's driving testorama in which his four tests provide a real life head-to-head comparison of the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Honda Civic vs. the 1.3-liter Honda Civic Hybrid.
Find Alternative Fuel
Ever wonder where you can find a biofuel filling station near you? Click into these up-to-date databases to find the closest filling stations to you.
What is GVWR?
The definition of GVWR, the gross vehicle weight rating.
What is a Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
What is Regenerative Braking?
The definition of regenerative braking.
Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
Can You Really Run Your Car on Water?
We've all seen the ads that purport converting your car to run on water. Here's what to beware of.
What is a Diesel Particulate Filter Delete Kit...
A reader wonders if he should install a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) delete kit on his 2008 Ford F-250 truck.
How Hybrids Work
Learn about the inner workings of a hybrid vehicle, and how they seamlessly integrate an internal combustion engine, an electric motor and a battery.
What Rebates and Tax Breaks are Available for...
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
A 70mpg Ford F-150 pickup? Maybe with a...
BMW uses the same principal the powered the Stanley Steamer
What is Ethanol?
The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.
Collecting Used Vegetable Oil for Homemade...
Learn the tricks of the trade for collecting good quality used vegetable oil for making homemade biodiesel or for use in a converted diesel engine.
How Gasoline Gallon Equivalents Help Gauge...
Gasoline Gallon Equivalents are based on British Thermal Units (BTUs), this gasoline gallon equivalents chart compares the energy content of various fuels to that of a gallon of regular gasoline.
Why Fuel Mileage Drops with E85
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Conversion Companies
Here's our constantly-growing reference listing of companies that offer electric vehicle (EV) conversions and all-electric car components.
How to Make Your Own Biodiesel
Ever wonder how to make your own biodiesel? We'll walk you through it with step-by-step instructions and photos.
10 Reasons to Switch to Alternative Fuels
Why should you change your ways and go from using traditional fuels to the alternatives? Here are the top 10 reasons to go for it.
BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
What is Electronic throttle Control?
A description and the workings of electronic throttle control technology.
What Are the Ingredients in Biodiesel?
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
AdBlue and Clean Diesels
AdBlue is a brand name for for Diesel Emissions Fluid. Learn how this urea solution is used to scrub oxides of nitrogen from diesel exhaust.
What is a Throttle Body?
The definition of a throttle body.
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel 101
Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.
Here Are Five Fun Facts on Hybrid Cars
You may know how hybrid vehicles works, but did you know these five fun facts about these alternative fuel vehicles?
What is a Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full hybrid.
Making Biodiesel from Algae
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
What is E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
What is Alternative Fuel?
Alternative fuels; we're not talking about gasoline, diesel or kerosene. Think cleaner and also domestically produced: Discover the array of alternative fuels that offer hope and possibility for life after traditional fossil fuels.
What is Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Hypermiling (Saving Lots of Fuel) in a Hybrid
Hypermiling for superior fuel economy: Learn the tricks and techniques employed in hypermiling to maximize your vehicle's fuel mileage.
How Exactly Do Fuel Cells Work?
How do fuel cells make electricity? What is the fuel for fuel cells? What kinds of fuel cells exist? Find the answers here.
Top Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
Five Facts to Know About Compressed Natural Gas
Use of CNG as an alternative vehicle fuel is growing in significance with many city-owned fleets converting to the fuel. Here are five quick facts to know.
Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
Toyota Prius, the quintessential hybrid
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
What is a flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
Hybrid Vehicle FAQs
You've got questions about hybrids, we've got answers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about hybrid vehicles--and their answers.
Reader Question: Should gasoline or kerosene be...
A regular reader writes in asking if gasoline can be mixed with oil to run in a diesel engine. Scott answers, and sheds light on the many fuels that can run in a diesel.
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
What is a Clean Diesel?
Clean diesels utilize advanced fuel delivery and exhaust scrubbing technology that take advantage of the 15 ppm sulfur content of ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD). Learn more here.
i-Road Is A Cross Between A Car And A Motorcycle
Toyota Says It’s Not Possible For The i-Road To Flip Over
Reader Question: Why do Electric Cars Need to...
Alternators and voltage regulators have been in automotive vehicles for years--find out the answer to this reader's question on why an electric car needs to be plugged in to recharge.
Are Hybrid Vehicles Safe?
Learn about the safety of hybrid vehicles and how they compare to conventional vehicles.
3 Euro Carmakers Are Plugging In
BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen are each bringing a battery-electric vehicle to the U.S. What does each have to offer?
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
How Flywheel Storage Works in a Hybrid Vehicle
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
A 93 Mile Driving Range Is Tops Among Small EVs
Hippest looking 5-seat electric transporter in town
The Volvo name is synonymous with car safety;...
Volvo says the XC90 plug-in hybrid has an all-electric driving range of around 25 miles, an impressive number.
This hybrid is not just hot air
UK’s Auto Car magazine gave the HYbrid Air a 4 out of 5 stars rating
What is Spark Ignition?
The definition of spark ignition.
Five Quick Facts About PZEVs
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
A fuel-sipping C-Class plug-in hybrid for the...
The 2015 Mercedes C-Class Plug-in Hybrid gives the looks and features of the prestigious S-Class for about half the price.
What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
The Gasification Process and Syngas as an...
Learn more about what gasification is and the thermo-chemical process by which carbon-rich feedstocks are converted into syngas.
What is Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
What is a Plug-in Hybrid?
The definition of a plug-in hybrid.
Understanding Basics of Flex Fuel Vehicles
Understanding flex fuel vehicles basics
Saleen hot-rods Tesla Model S
Steve Saleen steered his car tuning expertise to the Tesla Model S in creating the Saleen FourSixteen.
What is Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
3 Things to Know About Biodiesel Vehicles and...
Check out these three things to keep your diesel running smoothly all winter long and eliminate those cold weather starting problems.
What is a SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
Add BMW To The Growing List Of Euro Plug-in...
A 13-mile, emissions free all-electric driving range
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
Where are the Hybrid Batteries Located in a...
Learn about the batteries that help power hybrid vehicles.
Surprising Facts About Solar Energy
Learn these surprising facts about solar energy.
What is Compression Ignition?
An explanation of compression ignition.
Surprising Facts About Electric Vehicles
Here are ten things you may not have known about electric cars.
From Gasoline to Alcohol - E85 as a Transitiona...
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
Titration Test for Homemade Biodiesel
Titration is one method used to determine the appropriate amount of lye (base) needed for a particular batch of waste vegetable oil when making homemade biodiesel.
The Great Oil Change Debate
Oil change schedules and frequency is an area of great debate and it affects alternative fuel vehicles as well.
Books on Solar Energy
A selection of books focused on solar energy.
What is a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
How Safe is Natural Gas?
Do the physical properties of natural gas and the design characteristics of natural gas make it a safe motor fuel?
What Does Octane Rating Mean?
The definition of octane rating.
What Hybrid Models are Currently Available?
Find out all of the models of hybrid vehicles available.
Mercedes’ first EV is based on a standard...
Mercedes is targeting well-healed, tech-savvy buyers that want to show discernment
Refreshed Tesla entry-level has more driving...
Tesla quotes a 0-to-60 time of 5.2 seconds for the new Model S 70D
Top 20 Simplest & Easiest Ways to Drive...
Here's our list of the best ways to drive more efficiently and help the fuel tank stay fuller, longer.
What is a hybrid vehicle?
Start here to learn the basics about hybrid vehicles.
Got Alt fuel Questions? Start Here.
Find answers to basic questions about alternative fuels. From where to find biodiesel to FAQs on hybrids (do I need to plug it in?) and where to buy E85 for flex-fuels, we'll answer your alternative fuel questions here.
Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell...
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
What is Natural Gas?
Learn the basics about natural gas and its use as an alternative fuel.
Nissan LEAF is No-Emission Vehicle
Nissan opens a new era for no-emission vehicles with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF to mainstream markets.
Do Hybrids Cost More to Maintain?
Learn why the cost of maintaining a hybrid car is quite similar to the expenses of maintaining a conventional car.
5 Entertaining To Drive And Fuel Efficient Cars
Can a car be entertaining to drive and fuel efficient with a powertrain that emits few or no emissions? The answer is yes.
What is Miles per Gallon?
The definition of miles per gallon (mpg).
Low Tech, Low Cost Solution To Improve Fuel...
For conventional gas- or diesel-powered non-hybrid vehicles, stop-start is a relatively low tech, low cost solution for saving fuel and reducing emissions.
Hybrid Buying Guide – Reviews and Photos
Take a gander through these pictures and test drives for a first-hand look at the available and up-and-coming hybrids.
How to Help Your Hybrid Beat the Wintertime Blues
Find out why winter's dropping temperatures affect hybrid fuel economy--and how to fight back.
Routine Maintenance Schedule for Alternative...
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
What is a Two-Mode Hybrid?
Find out what a two-mode hybrid is, how two-mode hybrids work, and what makes them different from full hybrids.
How Selective Catalytic Reduction Renders...
Learn about Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), a method of converting harmful diesel oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions, by catalytic reaction, into benign nitrogen gas and water.
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid sheds vanilla styling...
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid sheds vanilla styling for a modern sportier look and adds a dose of driving fun.
Gasoline and Petroleum
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
Quiz Yourself on Natural Gas Facts
Separate fact from fiction on natural gas as a transportation fuel.
Blends 101: What are They?
Find out the basic facts on fuel blends, mixtures of traditional and alternative fuels that are being used as transitional fuels.
Fast Green Machines
The quest for fast green machines is gaining traction.
Alternative Fuel Incentives and Tax Credits
Check out the varieties of federal incentives that are available in the United States to ease your transition to alternative fuels.
Why is Electricity an Alternative Fuel?
Electricity is an alternative fuel. Learn the basic facts on how electricity has joined the rank of the other alternatives: it may just be the fuel of choice for your next vehicle.
A Green “Hippie Bus.” Groovy!
VW says could make production with attractive cost base
Homemade Biodiesel Recipe
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
Malibu Hybrid Debuts At New York Auto Show
All-new Malibu sports a swoopy fastback profile
Will the CT6 reinstate Cadillac as the...
2016 CT6 takes on Euro plug-in hybrid luxury cars
Maintaining Your Flex-fuel Vehicle
Do you have an FFV? Do you use E85? What you need to know about maintaining your flex-fuel vehicle.
Hybrids 101
Start here to begin learning the basics about hybrids and electricity as an alternative fuel.
Books on Hydropower
These books provide information on the use of hydropower as an alternative energy source.
Biobutanol
This shows great promise as a motor fuel due to its favorable energy density, and it returns better fuel economy compared to ethanol.
What is Bioethanol?
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Hybrid Maintenance
Learn about the best maintenance tips to help keep all the components of your hybrid in peak condition.
Hybrid Central
Whether you're looking to bone up on hybrid car basics and maintenance or looking for photos and test drives of the latest hybrid car models, start here to find the answers.
What is an Instant Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
What is Syngas?
Learn more about Syngas and its use as a fuel.
What is an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
Will the 2016 Volt become a 5-passenger car?
Will the sales numbers increase for the 2016 Volt?
What is Hydrogen?
Find the basic facts on hydrogen, an alternative fuel that can power fuel cells in electric vehicles.
Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell
Proton Exchange Membrane -PEM- Fuel Cell Diagram
Hybrids: The Real Deal or Marketing Hype
Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?
Saving Lots of Fuel with Scott: Pulse and Glide...
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
Hamster Wagon Gets Plugged In
Battery size is the key to electric driving range. Here, the Kia Soul EV has a small edge over the pack of small electrics, where 21 to 24 kW-hour battery packs are the norm.
What's an AT-PZEV - Advanced Technology Partial...
The definition of an AT-PZEV, an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle.
What is a Fuel Cell?
What is a fuel cell? How long have fuel cells been around? Who invented fuel cells? Find the answers here.
Costs Can Hinder Algae Development
Algae holds promise as an alternative fuel, but development may be hindered by high costs of commercial production.
Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Vehicle test drive
Hydrogen hits the road with the Equinox Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle - by Scott Gable
Kia Optima Offers Attractive Hybrid at...
The 2012 Kia Optima offers an economical entry into hybrid ownership.
What is a BTU (British Thermal Unit)?
The definition of a BTU (British Thermal Unit).
Understanding Hybrid Vehicle Basics
While technological advancements for hybrid vehicles continue to emerge, there are still a small number of basics you can expect to find in most hybrids.

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