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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.
The 1,341 Horsepower Electric Supercar From...
Finland lays claim to the most badass electric car on the planet - for now.
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.
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.
Meet The 2015 Lexus NX 300h Hybrid
The NX 300h hybrid offers enough driving dynamics to satisfy and the best-in-class fuel economy.
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
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.
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.
Is it Expensive to Replace Hybrid Batteries?...
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
How do Hybrid Batteries Re-charge? Do I Need to...
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.
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.
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.
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 Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions 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.
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.
What is PSI?
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
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 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.
First of 10 Plug-in Hybrid Models by 2017
All electric driving range is 18.6 miles
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.
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.
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.
What is Regenerative Braking?
The definition of regenerative braking.
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.
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.
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.
Why Fuel Mileage Drops with E85
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
What is Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
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 Rebates and Tax Breaks are Available for...
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
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 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 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 Flex-fuel Vehicle
Do you have an FFV? Do you use E85? What you need to know about maintaining your flex-fuel vehicle.
Five Quick Facts About PZEVs
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
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.
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 is a Throttle Body?
The definition of a throttle body.
What is a Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
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.
What is Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Books on Solar Energy
A selection of books focused on solar energy.
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.
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.
What is a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
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.
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 are fuel injectors?
The definition of fuel injectors.
Toyota Prius, the quintessential hybrid
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
Top Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
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 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 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.
Making Biodiesel from Algae
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
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.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
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 a flex-fuel vehicle?
Start here for answers about flex-fuel vehicles and how to find current FFVs that run on E85.
What does carbon neutral mean?
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
Will the CT6 reinstate Cadillac as the...
2016 CT6 takes on Euro plug-in hybrid luxury cars
What is a Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full hybrid.
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.
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.
What is an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
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.
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.
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
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.
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 SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
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.
What is Natural Gas?
Learn the basics about natural gas and its use as an alternative fuel.
What is a flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
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 Safe is Natural Gas?
Do the physical properties of natural gas and the design characteristics of natural gas make it a safe motor fuel?
Two models for new Volt?
What to expect when the 2016 Chevrolet Volt arrives.
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
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.
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 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.
What Does Octane Rating Mean?
The definition of octane rating.
From Gasoline to Alcohol - E85 as a Transitiona...
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
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.
2016 Mirai has a driving range of about 300 miles
Miria can act as an emergency back up power generator
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.
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration: luxury performance...
Is This The Car Infiniti Needs? Hybrid & Electric Cars.
What is Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
Mercedes’ first EV is based on a standard...
Mercedes is targeting well-healed, tech-savvy buyers that want to show discernment
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
What is E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
Porsche Cayenne joins plug-in fraternity
Porsche hasn’t released electric-only driving range, but expect somewhere around 13 to 18 miles for the 2015 Cayenne S E-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.
Top Five Reasons to Use Alternative Fuels
Top five reasons for using alternative fuels over fossil fuels.
What is an Instant Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
What is a Flywheel Hybrid?
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
Here come the fuel cell vehicles, where do they...
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h makes a big splash with head turning styling, a no-detail-overlooked interior and class leading fuel economy.
Hybrid Maintenance
Learn about the best maintenance tips to help keep all the components of your hybrid in peak condition.
What is Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
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.
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.
Homemade Biodiesel Recipe
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
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.
Prius v - Versatility is Key
Prius v for 2012 - Toyota continues to answer consumer needs with a roomier addition to the Prius family.
Gasoline and Petroleum
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
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.
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.
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.
What is Biodiesel?
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
Learn Five Quick Facts About Algae as a Fuel
Here are five quick facts to learn about innovative biofuels from algae.
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.
What is Spark Ignition?
The definition of spark ignition.
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell...
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Five Things to Know About Clean Diesel
Here are five quick facts to know about clean diesel.
2016 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid
Ultimate Driving Machine to have 22-mile all electric driving range
Ford Enters EV Market with All-New Focus Electric
Ford enters the EV market with the all-new Ford Focus Electric.
4 Toyota Prius models now, more to come?
Here's a look a the 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid family members - by Larry E. Hall
Regenerative Braking
How regenerative braking helps to stop a hybrid or EV while recharging the battery
What is a hybrid vehicle?
Start here to learn the basics about hybrid vehicles.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids have an exceptional...
2016 Sonata Hybrid will have class leading combined fuel economy of 43 mpg
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Working Diagrams
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
What are Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)?
The definition of oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
What is a Plug-in Hybrid?
The definition of a plug-in hybrid.
Biobutanol
This shows great promise as a motor fuel due to its favorable energy density, and it returns better fuel economy compared to ethanol.
A hybrid crossover SUV, bring it on!
Kia aims for over 50 mpg fuel economy
Will the 2016 Volt become a 5-passenger car?
Will the sales numbers increase for the 2016 Volt?
Toyota's Latest Move Underscores Battery...
Recent announcements by Toyota underscore the significance of lithium-ion battery technologies in growing hybrid market share.
What Hybrid Models are Currently Available?
Find out all of the models of hybrid vehicles available.
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.
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.
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 Compression Ignition?
An explanation of compression ignition.
Types of Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Hydrogen fuel cell technology continues to be developed for vehicle and other uses.
Books on Hydropower
These books provide information on the use of hydropower as an alternative energy source.
A 70mpg Ford F-150 pickup? Maybe with a...
BMW uses the same principal the powered the Stanley Steamer
2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Offers Prius...
The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In offers Prius enthusiasts and all-electric ride.
Lexus NX300h, a late but great luxury compact...
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h makes a big splash with head turning styling, a no-detail-overlooked interior and class leading fuel economy.
Learn if Converting to Propane is the Solution...
Learn whether propane conversion is the right solution for you and your vehicle.
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.

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