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Hybrid & Electric Cars: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
12 Greenest 2016 Cars
Want to drive Earth-friendly? Better learn the Green Scores of these 2016 new cars.
Can Gasoline Harm a Diesel Engine?
It can happen to anyone, learn about the problems associated with mis-fueling a diesel vehicle.
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.
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 do Hybrid Batteries Re-charge? Do I Need to...
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.
Is it Expensive to Replace Hybrid Batteries?...
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
How Inverters and Converters work in Hybrids...
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
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.
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.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Specifications Revealed
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is not a compliance car; it will be available in all 50 states when it arrives late this year.
How Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
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.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
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.
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.
Why You Should Know About the Diesel Fuel Cetane
Learn about cetane and how the cetane number can affect diesel engine performance.
What is Regenerative Braking?
The definition of regenerative braking.
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.
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 does carbon neutral mean?
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
What Rebates and Tax Breaks are Available for...
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
Tesla Model S Gets New Base Model, New 90-kWh...
More than three years after the first Tesla Model S was delivered, it still has the longest driving range of any plug-in electric production car sold anywhere in the world.
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.
What Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
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.
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.
Top Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
Apple Electric iCar: Yes Or No?
Apple has internally designated the electric car a “committed project.” Go-ahead came after more than a year of investigating the feasibility.
What is PSI?
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
A Green “Hippie Bus.” Groovy!
VW says could make production with attractive cost base
BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
What are fuel injectors?
The definition of fuel injectors.
Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Fuel Mileage Drops with E85
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
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.
2016 Nissan Leaf to Get 110-Mile Battery Option
Nissan’s Leaf is the world’s top selling electric car but U.S sales have taken a pause of late. The new 110-mile range battery could reinvigorate sales.
The Ultimate Green Status Utility Vehicle With...
After a three-year and seven month wait, customers are getting the Tesla Model X, but only a select few get to fork over $132,000.
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.
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 Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full hybrid.
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.
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 an Instant Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
Miles of smiles in tot-size electric Ford F-150
Tyke-sized Power Wheels Electric Ford F-150 built for on- or off-sidewalk fun. Adventure seeking, rugged little boys and girls only.
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
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.
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.
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.
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
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.
Why some EVs are only available in a few states
Compliance cars are designed and built specifically to comply with California regulations, and allow automakers to sell other vehicles in the state.
Books on Solar Energy
A selection of books focused on solar energy.
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 is a Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
Making Biodiesel from Algae
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
What is Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
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.
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.
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.
Five Quick Facts About PZEVs
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
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.
What is a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
2016 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid
Ultimate Driving Machine to have 22-mile all electric driving range
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.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
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.
What is Compression Ignition?
An explanation of compression ignition.
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.
What is a Flywheel Hybrid?
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
Plug-in Hybrid Minivan Coming From Chrysler
Chrysler’s Town & Country minivan is going green in 2016 with a plug-in hybrid — By Larry E. Hall
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.
Ford F-150 Hybrid Confirmed By CEO
Hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles “necessary”, both because of “consumer demand” and regulatory requirements according to Ford CEO.
Keep Your EV and Hybrid Happy During Cold...
Winter weather brings special considerations when driving a hybrid car in order to ensure maximum fuel efficiency.
Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
What is Spark Ignition?
The definition of spark ignition.
Drop-in Fuels Are Road Ready
Drop-in fuels take many forms, but their commonality is the ability to be used without major changes in infrastructure.
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.
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?
How Winter Weather Wrecks Your Gas Mileage
Find out what to do to lessen the cold weather's effect on your vehicle's fuel economy.
Green Cars At 2016 Detroit Auto Show:...
The 2016 Detroit Auto Show sizzled with 40 new models introduced including some surprising green cars.
Honda Neowing: Radical Hybrid Three-Wheel...
A gasoline-electric hybrid motorcycle: Did Honda’s motorcycle and car engineers have lunch together one day?
Toyota’s eco friendly Prius gets an...
The GT300 racecar looks sorta like the new Prius, but when the big V-8 howls on startup you know it’s not a fuel-sipping hybrid.
What is a SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
What is Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
Tesla Model 3 To Be Revealed Next March;...
Tesla’s Elon Musk continues to express a firm commitment to pricing the Model 3 at $35,000 before any incentives.
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.
Honda’s Insight has played second fiddle...
Lagging sales have led Honda to stop production of the Insight, the hybrid car that started it all. It joins a rather long list of hybrid models that got the ax.
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.
What is a Plug-in Hybrid?
The definition of a plug-in hybrid.
Audi, Mercedes and Porsche Are Gunning For Tesla
The Germany luxury carmakers have the technical capability and talent to launch a full-on assault against Tesla. Expect its arrival in 2016.
What is Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
5 Plug-in Cars You Might Want But Can’t...
Would you like a premium hybrid-electric plug-in wagon? Sorry, you have to live in Europe if you do.
What is Biodiesel?
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
2016 RAV4 Hybrid: What Took You So Long, Toyota?
Fifteen years after introducing the Prius, Toyota finally gives the nod to a hybrid RAV4 and it’s a good one.
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.
What is Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric 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.
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.
Would You Commute In Nissan’s New...
Rent a ride on Nissan’s New Mobility Concept in San Francisco. It’s a cheap, safe and green way to commute, run errands or explore the city.
Malibu Hybrid Debuts At New York Auto Show
All-new Malibu sports a swoopy fastback profile
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
Will the CT6 reinstate Cadillac as the...
2016 CT6 takes on Euro plug-in hybrid luxury cars
What is an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
i-Road Is A Cross Between A Car And A Motorcycle
Toyota Says It’s Not Possible For The i-Road To Flip Over
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.
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.
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.
Nissan Gripz Concept: Crossover Meets 240Z...
Gripz melds the features of a sports car and a crossover. Green credentials are earned with a Chevy Volt-like hybrid system.
Refreshed Tesla entry-level has more driving...
Tesla quotes a 0-to-60 time of 5.2 seconds for the new Model S 70D
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.
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.
Costs Can Hinder Algae Development
Algae holds promise as an alternative fuel, but development may be hindered by high costs of commercial production.
Two models for new Volt?
What to expect when the 2016 Chevrolet Volt arrives.
Hybrids: The Real Deal or Marketing Hype
Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?
What is an Oxidation Catalyst?
The definition of an Oxidation Catalyst.
Toyota Prius, the quintessential hybrid
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
Kia Optima Offers Attractive Hybrid at...
The 2012 Kia Optima offers an economical entry into hybrid ownership.
What is the greenhouse effect?
The definition of the greenhouse effect.
What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids have an exceptional...
2016 Sonata Hybrid will have class leading combined fuel economy of 43 mpg
Learn Five Quick Facts About Algae as a Fuel
Here are five quick facts to learn about innovative biofuels from algae.
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 E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
Will the 2016 Volt become a 5-passenger car?
Will the sales numbers increase for the 2016 Volt?
Porsche Mission E Gets Green Light
When it arrives at the end of the decade, the Porsche Mission E will be a truly competitive all-electric sports car that is street and track ready.
Gasoline and Petroleum
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Working Diagrams
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
Smart ForTwo’s diminutive size is...
Being in a freeway lane adjacent to an 18-wheeler can be very unsettling
Prius v - Initial Review of the Prius v
Prius v for 2012 - Toyota continues to answer consumer needs with a roomier addition to the Prius family.
Toyota's Latest Move Underscores Battery...
Recent announcements by Toyota underscore the significance of lithium-ion battery technologies in growing hybrid market share.
From Gasoline to Alcohol - E85 as a Transitiona...
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
Frequently Asked Questions: Alternative Fuels
Find out the answers to frequently asked questions about alternative fuels.
Chrysler Town & Country Plug-in Minivan...
A fuel efficient plug-in hybrid minivan makes a lot of sense when you consider the driving habits of minivan owners; a lot of in-town trips and occasional longer drives.
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?
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 2
Part 2 of a series on running a car on WVO
Books on Hybrid Vehicles
The entire family will enjoy this selection of books about electric hybrid cars.
2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas Test Drive
Combine a Honda Civic with the super clean efficiency of natural gas and you have a clean choice - by Larry E. Hall
Accioni’s Electric Car Almost Completes...
Unfortunately, The ACCIONA was disqualified from the race due to a delay at the starting line of the special phase of the tenth stage.
What is a flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
VW’s Electric BUDD-e Concept: It’s...
The VW BUDD-e electric van is a true concept. It only foresees some of the electronic tech that will be in a production vehicle in 2020.
Honda Civic GX test drive
Combine a Honda Civic with the super clean efficiency of natural gas and you have a clear winner- by Christine & Scott Gable
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.
Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell...
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.

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