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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.
How Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
What Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
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 Are Hybrids and Electric Cars Powered?
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.
Plug-in Minivan is coming from Chrysler
Chrysler’s Town & Country minivan is going green in 2016 with a plug-in hybrid — By Larry E. Hall
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 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 Makes The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Great?
With a city fuel economy rating of 50 mpg, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan available.
What is GVWR?
The definition of GVWR, the gross vehicle weight rating.
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
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.
How Inverters and Converters work in Hybrids...
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
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 do Hybrid Batteries Re-charge? Do I Need to...
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.
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.
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.
Making Biodiesel from Algae
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
What Rebates and Tax Breaks are Available for...
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
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 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.
What is a Throttle Body?
The definition of a throttle body.
The spate of natural gas powered vehicles is...
While there’s plenty of pickups and vans available that use natural gas as a fuel, there are only two passenger cars, Honda’s Civic Natural Gas and the soon-to-arrive Chevrolet Impala.
Keep These Five Factors in Mind Before Buying...
Before purchasing an alternative fuels vehicle, consider these five factors.
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.
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.
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 to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius...
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
What is a Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
What is Regenerative Braking?
The definition of regenerative braking.
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.
What is Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel 101
Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.
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 does carbon neutral mean?
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
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 Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
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 E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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.
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.
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.
What is Electronic throttle Control?
A description and the workings of electronic throttle control technology.
What is a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
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 Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
What is Compression Ignition?
An explanation of compression ignition.
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.
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
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.
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.
Saving Lots of Fuel with Scott: Pulse and Glide...
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
What is Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
EcoCar 3 competition challenges 16 university...
Transforming a Chevy Camaro into a fuel-sipping, eco-friendly muscle car is the Department of Energy’s EcoCar 3 challenge to 16 university student teams.
Understand the Basics of These Alternative...
Here is a list of alternative energy sources and their applications.
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.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
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 ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions 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.
2016 Chevrolet Volt
What to expect when the 2016 Chevrolet Volt arrives.
Homemade Biodiesel Recipe
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
What is a SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
What Are the Ingredients in Biodiesel?
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
Clean Diesel Tax Credits
Check out which diesel vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor vehicle tax credit.
What is a flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
Learn to Make Your Own Biodiesel - Part 2
Check out photos from Day 2 of our making biodiesel tutorial to learn about the last processing step. Page 3.
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 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 Syngas?
Learn more about Syngas and its use as a fuel.
Understanding Basics of Flex Fuel Vehicles
Understanding flex fuel vehicles basics
Gasoline and Petroleum
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
What is an Instant Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
What is a Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how a fuel consumption display works.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about running a car on WVO
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 Lubricity?
The definition of lubricity as it applies to fuels and lubricants.
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?
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.
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
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 Does Octane Rating Mean?
The definition of octane rating.
Yes, the Left Coast is the reason that some...
Compliance cars are designed and built specifically to comply with California regulations, and allow automakers to sell other vehicles in the state.
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 the Atkinson Cycle?
The definition of the Atkinson Cycle in an engine.
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.
Plug-in hybrids are poised to play an important...
The 2015 Mercedes C-Class Plug-in Hybrid gives the looks and features of the prestigious S-Class for about half the price.
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 the Otto Cycle?
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
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.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
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.
Take Five to Save Fuel
Seven tips that will help you get better fuel mileage plus slash your fuel budget and greenhouse gas contribution.
Hydraulic Hybrid Increases Refuse Truck Fuel...
: Hydraulic hybrid systems increase fuel economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in garbage trucks.
Routine Maintenance Schedule for Alternative...
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
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.
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.
Biobutanol
This shows great promise as a motor fuel due to its favorable energy density, and it returns better fuel economy compared to ethanol.
Before You Buy a Natural Gas Vehicle
Learn what vehicles are available to utilize the cleaner burning benefits of natural gas.
What is Electrolysis?
The definition of electrolysis. Hybrid Cars.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Working Diagrams
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
How Flywheel Storage Works in a Hybrid Vehicle
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
Why Should I Care About Using Alternative Fuels...
What's the big deal? Does it really matter if I fill up with gasoline or propane? Learn why renewables are making such a big impact in the energy world.
What is Miles per Gallon?
The definition of miles per gallon (mpg).
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.
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
Biodiesel 101
Find answers to all your questions about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
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 carbon sequestration?
There are three main methods of carbon sequestration, in various states of discovery and development. Learn about them here.
Are Hybrid Vehicles Safe?
Learn about the safety of hybrid vehicles and how they compare to conventional vehicles.
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.
Five Quick Facts About PZEVs
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
Hydrogen Transport and Storage Presents...
Hydrogen can be produced domestically, but infrastructure can be challenging.
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.
Top Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
Winter Rx for Biodiesel
Good old fashioned preventive medicine and a few quick cures to keep your biodiesel powered vehicle running smoothly all winter.
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 Hydrogen?
Find the basic facts on hydrogen, an alternative fuel that can power fuel cells in electric vehicles.
Hybrid Maintenance
Learn about the best maintenance tips to help keep all the components of your hybrid in peak condition.
What is Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
Kia Optima Offers Attractive Hybrid at...
The 2012 Kia Optima offers an economical entry into hybrid ownership.
Global Warming: Be Part of the Solution
Global warming--it's a hot topic. Learn how you can take action to reduce your vehicle's greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions.
Hybrids: The Real Deal or Marketing Hype
Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?
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?
Where are the Hybrid Batteries Located in a...
Learn about the batteries that help power hybrid vehicles.
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.
Fast Green Machines
The quest for fast green machines is gaining traction.
1995-97 E85 Compatible Vehicles
Is your 1995-1997 vehicle E85 compatible? Check this list to be sure.
What is Bioethanol?
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Vegetable Oil Powered Eco Bus Tour
Vegetable oil power was the fuel of choice for this bus that traveled cross-country. We talk to Zak Zaidman to learn more.
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 Technology Terms
There are several variations of hybrid technology in use today.
Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell...
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Porsche now has three plug-in hybrids with the...
Porsche hasn’t released electric-only driving range, but expect somewhere around 13 to 18 miles for the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
What is Fracking?
The definition of fracking. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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 4 Biodiesel How-to Books
It's the one alternative fuel that fits nicely in the homebrew category. If you’re at all interested in making your own, here are some books to get you started.
Understand These Basics of Charging Stations
Learn how charging stations work and how they are installed before purchasing a plug-in hybrid or EV.
What is a Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full hybrid.
Propane Offers Advantages for Fleet Owners
Propane offers attractive alternative for fleet owners.
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