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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.
Can Gasoline Harm a Diesel Engine?
It can happen to anyone, learn about the problems associated with mis-fueling a diesel vehicle.
How Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
Eva Håkansson Takes Her KillaJoule...
Next Up For KillaJoule: 300 mph?
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.
Why You Should Know About the Diesel Fuel Cetane
Learn about cetane and how the cetane number can affect diesel engine performance.
What Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
Battery-powered electric and hybrid cars...
There are a couple surprise 2015 Greenest 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.
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.
What does carbon neutral mean?
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
Is it Expensive to Replace Hybrid Batteries?...
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
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.
What is PSI?
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
How do Hybrid Batteries Re-charge? Do I Need to...
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.
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 Inverters and Converters work in Hybrids...
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
What is GVWR?
The definition of GVWR, the gross vehicle weight rating.
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.
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
What is a Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Rebates and Tax Breaks are Available for...
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
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 to Help Your Hybrid Beat the Wintertime Blues
Find out why winter's dropping temperatures affect hybrid fuel economy--and how to fight back.
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.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
What is Regenerative Braking?
The definition of regenerative braking.
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.
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 Winter Weather Wrecks Your Gas Mileage
Find out what to do to lessen the cold weather's effect on your vehicle's fuel economy.
What is Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
Making Biodiesel from Algae
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
What is a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
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.
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.
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel 101
Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.
BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
What is Spark Ignition?
The definition of spark ignition.
What is Electronic throttle Control?
A description and the workings of electronic throttle control technology.
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.
Why Fuel Mileage Drops with E85
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
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.
Will the CT6 reinstate Cadillac as the...
2016 CT6 takes on Euro plug-in hybrid luxury cars
What is E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ethanol?
The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.
What is an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
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.
Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell...
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Going fast and being green
The quest for fast green machines is gaining traction.
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.
Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
What is Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
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 Fracking?
The definition of fracking. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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.
What is a SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
What is a flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
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 Hydrogen?
Find the basic facts on hydrogen, an alternative fuel that can power fuel cells in electric 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?
Homemade Biodiesel Recipe
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
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 Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
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.
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.
What is the Atkinson Cycle?
The definition of the Atkinson Cycle in an engine.
Surprising Facts About Solar Energy
Learn these surprising facts about solar energy.
Saving Lots of Fuel with Scott: Pulse and Glide...
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
From Gasoline to Alcohol - E85 as a Transitiona...
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
Toyota Prius, the quintessential hybrid
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
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.
Understanding Basics of Flex Fuel Vehicles
Understanding flex fuel vehicles basics
Dodge Cummins 6.7 L turbo diesel
Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels. Page 3.
What is Electrolysis?
The definition of electrolysis. Hybrid Cars.
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.
What is a flex-fuel vehicle?
Start here for answers about flex-fuel vehicles and how to find current FFVs that run on E85.
Books on Solar Energy
A selection of books focused on solar energy.
Surprising Facts About Electric Vehicles
Here are ten things you may not have known about electric cars.
What is Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
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 Does Octane Rating Mean?
The definition of octane rating.
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.
Five Things to Know About Clean Diesel
Here are five quick facts to know about clean diesel.
What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
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.
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.
Clean Diesel Tax Credits
Check out which diesel vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor vehicle tax credit.
What is Syngas?
Learn more about Syngas and its use as a fuel.
Five Quick Facts About PZEVs
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
How Flywheel Storage Works in a Hybrid Vehicle
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
What is the Otto Cycle?
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
What is a Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full hybrid.
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration: luxury performance...
Is This The Car Infiniti Needs? Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Two models for new Volt?
What to expect when the 2016 Chevrolet Volt arrives.
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 Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
What is an Instant Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
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.
Quiz Yourself on Natural Gas Facts
Separate fact from fiction on natural gas as a transportation 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.
Routine Maintenance Schedule for Alternative...
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
What are fuel injectors?
The definition of fuel injectors.
What is Bioethanol?
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
What are Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)?
The definition of oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
Gasoline and Petroleum
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
What is Natural Gas?
Learn the basics about natural gas and its use as an alternative fuel.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about running a car on WVO
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 a Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how a fuel consumption display works.
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
What is Miles per Gallon?
The definition of miles per gallon (mpg).
What is an Oxidation Catalyst?
The definition of an Oxidation Catalyst.
Battery Technologies Charge Ahead
Researchers worldwide are working to address the problems associated with lithium-ion batteries used in today's electric and hybrid vehicles.
Propane Offers Advantages for Fleet Owners
Propane offers attractive alternative for fleet owners.
Identifying Energy as an Alternative Source
There are many terms used to define alternative energy sources.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 2
Part 2 of a series on running a car on WVO
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
Take Five to Save Fuel
Seven tips that will help you get better fuel mileage plus slash your fuel budget and greenhouse gas contribution.
Books on Hydropower
These books provide information on the use of hydropower as an alternative energy source.
Should You Choose Diesel?
The use of biodiesel is growing, but it is important to understand how this form of diesel is differentiated from other types of this fuel.
Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Vehicle test drive
Hydrogen hits the road with the Equinox Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle - by Scott Gable
How Safe is Hydrogen?
A lot of misinformation about the safety of hydrogen is circulating as truth, much of it urban legend generated by the crash of the airship Hindenburg.
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.
Hybrid Inverter Assembly
Photo of the Toyota Camry Hybrid Inverter's hookup at the Georgetown, KY manufacturing plant. Page 2.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Working Diagrams
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
Tesla Model S adds all-wheel drive
Model S Catches Up With New Safety Features
Will 2016 Chevy Volt have a lower price than...
More electric driving range, more refined, more seating (sort of) for new Volt
Regenerative Braking
How regenerative braking helps to stop a hybrid or EV while recharging the battery
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.
Hybrid Wiring Harness Installation
Photo of the Toyota Camry Hybrid wiring harness installation. Page 3.
What are greenhouse gases?
The definition of greenhouse gases.
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