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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.
Positioned As A “Fully Equipped” Competitor To Nissan’s Leaf
It can happen to anyone, learn about the problems associated with mis-fueling a diesel vehicle.
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
Electric cars hybrids rely upon electric motors for propulsion and assistance--learn more about how these electric motors and generators work.
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.
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
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.
Learn how hybrids and all-electric vehicles create their own power for battery recharging through a process known as regenerative braking.
Is This The Car Infiniti Needs? Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Learn about cetane and how the cetane number can affect diesel engine performance.
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
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.
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
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.
A reader wonders if he should install a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) delete kit on his 2008 Ford F-250 truck.
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
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Ever wonder how to make your own biodiesel? We'll walk you through it with step-by-step instructions and photos.
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.
We've all seen the ads that purport converting your car to run on water. Here's what to beware of.
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.
The definition of GVWR, the gross vehicle weight rating.
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
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.
The definition of a throttle body.
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.
The definition of regenerative braking.
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
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.
Find the basic facts on hydrogen, an alternative fuel that can power fuel cells in electric vehicles.
Find out how much of a federal tax credit you're due if you buy a hybrid in the United States.
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.
Check out these three things to keep your diesel running smoothly all winter long and eliminate those cold weather starting problems.
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.
Model S Catches Up With New Safety Features
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
Hypermiling for superior fuel economy: Learn the tricks and techniques employed in hypermiling to maximize your vehicle's fuel mileage.
Steve Saleen steered his car tuning expertise to the Tesla Model S in creating the Saleen FourSixteen.
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.
You may know how hybrid vehicles works, but did you know these five fun facts about these alternative fuel vehicles?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
The definition of spark ignition.
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.
Learn about the inner workings of a hybrid vehicle, and how they seamlessly integrate an internal combustion engine, an electric motor and a battery.
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.
A description and the workings of electronic throttle control technology.
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
Here's our constantly-growing reference listing of companies that offer electric vehicle (EV) conversions and all-electric car components.
Find out what to do to lessen the cold weather's effect on your vehicle's fuel economy.
The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.
An explanation of compression ignition.
Learn more about what gasification is and the thermo-chemical process by which carbon-rich feedstocks are converted into syngas.
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.
Understanding flex fuel vehicles basics
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.
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h makes a big splash with head turning styling, a no-detail-overlooked interior and class leading fuel economy.
As the corn-based ethanol food vs. fuel debate rages on in America, we learn how Brazil has become the first sustainable biofuels economy.
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
How do fuel cells make electricity? What is the fuel for fuel cells? What kinds of fuel cells exist? Find the answers here.
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.
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
Frequently Asked Questions about running a car on WVO
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
Questions and answers on algae biofuels.
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
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.
Photos of compressed natural gas refueling procedure.
Here's our list of the best ways to drive more efficiently and help the fuel tank stay fuller, longer.
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
Learn why the cost of maintaining a hybrid car is quite similar to the expenses of maintaining a conventional car.
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Hydrogen hits the road with the Equinox Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle - by Scott Gable
Drop-in fuels take many forms, but their commonality is the ability to be used without major changes in infrastructure.
What to expect when the 2016 Chevrolet Volt arrives.
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
Nissan opens a new era for no-emission vehicles with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF to mainstream markets.
Algae holds promise as an alternative fuel, but development may be hindered by high costs of commercial production.
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
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.
Check out the varieties of federal incentives that are available in the United States to ease your transition to alternative fuels.
This shows great promise as a motor fuel due to its favorable energy density, and it returns better fuel economy compared to ethanol.
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
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.
The definition of octane rating.
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
Check out photos from Day 2 of our making biodiesel tutorial to learn about the last processing step.
The 2015 Mercedes C-Class Plug-in Hybrid gives the looks and features of the prestigious S-Class for about half the price.
Find out why winter's dropping temperatures affect hybrid fuel economy--and how to fight back.
What is a fuel cell? How long have fuel cells been around? Who invented fuel cells? Find the answers here.
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
The quest for fast green machines is gaining traction.
Do you have an FFV? Do you use E85? What you need to know about maintaining your flex-fuel vehicle.
Before undertaking natural gas conversion of your vehicle, be sure you know what questions to consider regarding regulations, cost and infrastructure.
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
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.
Sharpened exterior design for 2015
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
The definition of fracking. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
There are many terms used to define alternative energy sources.
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
Find out the basic facts on fuel blends, mixtures of traditional and alternative fuels that are being used as transitional fuels.
Learn more about Syngas and its use as a fuel.
Do the physical properties of natural gas and the design characteristics of natural gas make it a safe motor fuel?
Global warming--it's a hot topic. Learn how you can take action to reduce your vehicle's greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions.
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
Winter weather brings special considerations when driving a hybrid car in order to ensure maximum fuel efficiency.
These books provide information on the use of hydropower as an alternative energy source.
Find out what a two-mode hybrid is, how two-mode hybrids work, and what makes them different from full hybrids.
BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen are each bringing a battery-electric vehicle to the U.S. What does each have to offer?
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.
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
Find answers to all your questions about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
The definition of the Atkinson Cycle in an engine.
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
Seven tips that will help you get better fuel mileage plus slash your fuel budget and greenhouse gas contribution.
Toyota's 2013 Prius continues along well-worn path.
Plug-in hybrids take electric vehicles to the next level. Plug-ins are designed to rely predominantly on the electric motor for propulsion, with the internal combustion engine as back-up. Learn more about how they work.
Check out which diesel vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor vehicle tax credit.
Combine a Honda Civic with the super clean efficiency of natural gas and you have a clear winner- by Christine & Scott Gable
Learn what vehicles are available to utilize the cleaner burning benefits of natural gas.
Five facts that you should know about biodiesel.
Start here to begin learning the basics about hybrids and electricity as an alternative fuel.
There are several variations of hybrid technology in use today.
The definition of and an explanation of how a fuel consumption display works.
The definition of a full hybrid.
The basics on the used of CNG as a vehicle fuel.
Find out the basic facts on methanol, an alternative fuel made from woody plant fiber, coal or natural gas.
Good old fashioned preventive medicine and a few quick cures to keep your biodiesel powered vehicle running smoothly all winter.
Propane offers attractive alternative for fleet owners.
Here are five quick facts to learn about innovative biofuels from algae.
The definition of electrolysis. Hybrid Cars.