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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.
Meet Immortus, the ‘Post-Apocalyptic&rsqu...
The Immortus is a boutique, high priced technology automobile that will only appeal to eminently wealthy early adopters.
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.
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.
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 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 Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
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.
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.
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
How Inverters and Converters work in Hybrids...
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
Why You Should Know About the Diesel Fuel Cetane
Learn about cetane and how the cetane number can affect diesel engine performance.
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.
How do Hybrid Batteries Re-charge? Do I Need to...
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.
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.
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.
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 is PSI?
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
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.
Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
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.
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.
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.
Books on Solar Energy
A selection of books focused on solar energy.
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.
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.
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.
Why Fuel Mileage Drops with E85
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
What does carbon neutral mean?
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
What is Regenerative Braking?
The definition of regenerative braking.
BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
Making Biodiesel from Algae
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
What is Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
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.
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.
Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
What Rebates and Tax Breaks are Available for...
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
5 Cars That Are Reasonably Priced With...
If you are considering a new car purchase and want to keep some dollars in your wallet after filling up at the pump, here are the top 5 2014 hybrid car fuel misers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
Five Quick Facts About PZEVs
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
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.
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 an Instant Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
The 7 Cheapest Hybrid Cars
Now is a great time to buy gas is cheap, relatively speaking, so hybrid car sales are down. This means that auto dealers are more willing to move on price.
What is a SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
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 Ethanol?
The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.
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.
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review
Toyota’s 2015 Highlander Hybrid is the most fuel efficient three-row crossover, with a combo of interior room, family friendly features and safety and reliability ratings that can’t be beat.
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.
What is a Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
Five Questions to Ask Before Natural Gas...
Before undertaking natural gas conversion of your vehicle, be sure you know what questions to consider regarding regulations, cost and infrastructure.
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.
What is a Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full hybrid.
What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
What is a Throttle Body?
The definition of a throttle body.
Mercedes’ first EV is based on a standard...
Mercedes is targeting well-healed, tech-savvy buyers that want to show discernment
What are fuel injectors?
The definition of fuel injectors.
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
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.
What is Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
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.
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
What is Biodiesel?
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
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.
Top Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
Chevy Amps Up 2016 Volt Driving Range To 53 Miles
In addition to improved performance, Chevrolet has dropped the price of the 2016 Volt
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.
Toyota Prius, the quintessential hybrid
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
Saving Lots of Fuel with Scott: Pulse and Glide...
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
Will the CT6 reinstate Cadillac as the...
2016 CT6 takes on Euro plug-in hybrid luxury cars
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 Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
What is a Flywheel Hybrid?
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
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.
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
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids have an exceptional...
2016 Sonata Hybrid will have class leading combined fuel economy of 43 mpg
2015 Honda Accord Test Drive
The drive experience is Honda Accord smooth, and no midsize car beats the Accord’s firm but composed ride quality.
What is Spark Ignition?
The definition of spark ignition.
What is a Plug-in Hybrid?
The definition of a plug-in hybrid.
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.
Costs Can Hinder Algae Development
Algae holds promise as an alternative fuel, but development may be hindered by high costs of commercial production.
What is Compression Ignition?
An explanation of compression ignition.
Two models for new Volt?
What to expect when the 2016 Chevrolet Volt arrives.
The 1,341 Horsepower Electric Supercar From...
Finland lays claim to the most badass electric car on the planet - for now.
What is a flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
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.
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?
Hybrid Maintenance
Learn about the best maintenance tips to help keep all the components of your hybrid in peak condition.
VW Golf gets an electric drivetrain
Positioned As A “Fully Equipped” Competitor To Nissan’s Leaf
From Gasoline to Alcohol - E85 as a Transitiona...
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
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.
2015 Mazda6: Garage Mate For Your EV
The Mazda6 has enough spice in the engine room to make things interesting yet, has a fuel economy rating that the makes competitors green with envy
What is a flex-fuel vehicle?
Start here for answers about flex-fuel vehicles and how to find current FFVs that run on E85.
What is Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
A 70mpg Ford F-150 pickup? Maybe with a...
BMW uses the same principal the powered the Stanley Steamer
Honda Sacks Civic Hybrid and CNG Models, Pulls...
Honda hasn’t turned its back on the green car business, the automaker will begin a new green car strategy that includes a new generation of hybrids, electrics and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell...
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Ford Airstream Crossover Vehicle
Unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show, the Ford Airstream concept vehicle is a futuristic hydrogen fuel cell powered transporter with a retro look.
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.
Toyota's Latest Move Underscores Battery...
Recent announcements by Toyota underscore the significance of lithium-ion battery technologies in growing hybrid market share.
2015 Mazda CX-5 AWD: Garage Mate For Your EV
The Mazda CX-5 stands out from the crowd with its combination of fuel economy, Zoom Zoom driving behavior and competitive price.
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.
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.
Regenerative Braking
How regenerative braking helps to stop a hybrid or EV while recharging the battery
What is Natural Gas?
Learn the basics about natural gas and its use as an alternative fuel.
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?
Propane Offers Advantages for Fleet Owners
Propane offers attractive alternative for fleet owners.
2016 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon Diesels...
The addition of the Duramax diesel engine broadens the appeal of the Colorado and Canyon by offering great fuel economy, loads of torque and falling diesel fuel prices.
Routine Maintenance Schedule for Alternative...
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling...
Photos of compressed natural gas refueling procedure.
What is E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
What is Bioethanol?
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Working Diagrams
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
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 Clean Diesel
Here are five quick facts to know about clean diesel.
7 Green Fuel Misers Under \$25,000
Even though the average new car price is $33,560, there’s still good news for budget-minded green car shoppers.
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.
Where are the Hybrid Batteries Located in a...
Learn about the batteries that help power hybrid vehicles.
This hybrid is not just hot air
UK’s Auto Car magazine gave the HYbrid Air a 4 out of 5 stars rating
What Does Octane Rating Mean?
The definition of octane rating.
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 Propane?
Learn the basic facts on natural gas, an alternative fuel that is a by-product of oil drilling and coal mining.
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.
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
Homemade Biodiesel Recipe
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
2016 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid
Ultimate Driving Machine to have 22-mile all electric driving range
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.
The usual suspects: Accord, Camry, Fusion
Family green transportation that’s affordable
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.
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.
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.
One of World's Largest Algae Fuel Facilities...
A new algae fuel plant, one of the world's largest, has opened in eastern Kentucky and will produce algae fuels, ethanol and other algae products.
What is Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
Will the 2016 Volt become a 5-passenger car?
Will the sales numbers increase for the 2016 Volt?
A hybrid crossover SUV, bring it on!
Kia aims for over 50 mpg fuel economy
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.
2015 Toyota Prius Liftback: Don’t Dismiss...
The 2015 Prius Liftback may be on its way out to make way for an all-new 2016 model, but it is not without merits.
What's an AT-PZEV - Advanced Technology Partial...
The definition of an AT-PZEV, an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle.
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.

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