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Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels: 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.
What is Common Rail Direct Injection (CRD)?
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
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 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 is a PZEV - 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.
What is Cetane?
Learn about cetane and how the cetane number can affect diesel engine performance.
E85 Compatible Vehicles
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.
Toyota's Latest Move Underscores Battery...
Recent announcements by Toyota underscore the significance of lithium-ion battery technologies in growing hybrid market share.
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.
How Does Regenerative Braking Work?
Learn how hybrids and all-electric vehicles create their own power for battery recharging through a process known as regenerative braking.
Fuel Energy Comparisons: Gasoline Gallon...
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.
Is it Expensive to Replace Hybrid Batteries?...
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
Hybrid Tax Credits
Find out how much of a federal tax credit you're due if you buy a hybrid in the United States.
What is PSI?
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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.
What is GVWR?
The definition of GVWR, the gross vehicle weight rating.
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.
What is Syngas?
Learn more about Syngas and its use as a fuel.
Learn to Make Your Own Biodiesel - Part 1
Ever wonder how to make your own biodiesel? We'll walk you through it with step-by-step instructions and photos.
Reader Question: Should I Install a DPF Delete...
A reader wonders if he should install a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) delete kit on his 2008 Ford F-250 truck.
Compressed Natural Gas Conversion Companies
These companies offer CNG conversion kits and/or installation.
What is a Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
What does carbon neutral mean?
The definition of the term carbon neutral.
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.
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.
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 a Throttle Body?
The definition of a throttle body.
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.
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
Diesel & Biodiesel Vehicles in Cold Weather: 3...
Check out these three things to keep your diesel running smoothly all winter long and eliminate those cold weather starting problems.
Why Fuel Mileage Drops with E85
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
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 Electronic throttle Control?
A description and the workings of electronic throttle control technology.
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 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 Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
Advanced Dashboard Technologies Continue to...
Hybrids and electric vehicles sport some of the latest dashboard technologies, from web surfing to green driving feedback, but the race to provide drivers with information is not without controversy.
Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
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 Ethanol?
The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.
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.
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.
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 Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
What is a flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
What is a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter
What is the Otto Cycle?
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
What Are the Ingredients in Biodiesel?
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
What is the Atkinson Cycle?
The definition of the Atkinson Cycle in an engine.
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.
BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
What is Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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.
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.
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
What is Spark Ignition?
The definition of spark ignition.
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.
Costs Can Hinder Algae Development
Algae holds promise as an alternative fuel, but development may be hindered by high costs of commercial production.
Homemade Biodiesel Recipe
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
Five Quick Facts About PZEVs
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about running a car on WVO
What is Compression Ignition?
An explanation of compression ignition.
What is carbon sequestration?
There are three main methods of carbon sequestration, in various states of discovery and development. Learn about them here.
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.
Saving Lots of Fuel with Scott: Pulse and Glide...
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
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.
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 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.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
What is Miles per Gallon?
The definition of miles per gallon (mpg).
Top 10 Reasons to Make the Switch to Alternativ...
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.
Biobutanol
Learn the production and process basics of biobutanol, an alcohol-based motor fuel. Read how biobutanol is used as a motor fuel in addition to its pros and cons.
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 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 Safe is Natural Gas?
Do the physical properties of natural gas and the design characteristics of natural gas make it a safe motor fuel?
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.
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?
What is Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
Clean Diesel Tax Credits
Check out which diesel vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor vehicle tax credit.
How Flywheel Storage Works in a Hybrid Vehicle
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
What is Bioethanol?
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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.
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.
Gasoline and Petroleum
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
What are greenhouse gases?
The definition of greenhouse gases.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
What is an Instant Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
Five Facts to Know About Compressed Natural Gas
Here are five quick facts to know about compressed natural gas use in vehicles.
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
What is an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
Hybrids: The Real Deal or Marketing Hype
Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?
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.
Hydrogen Transport and Storage Presents...
Hydrogen can be produced domestically, but infrastructure can be challenging.
Winter Rx for Biodiesel
Good old fashioned preventive medicine and a few quick cures to keep your biodiesel powered vehicle running smoothly all winter.
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 Does Octane Rating Mean?
The definition of octane rating.
Routine Maintenance Schedule for Alternative...
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
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 a SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell...
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Biodiesel 101
Find answers to all your questions about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
Books on Solar Energy
A selection of books focused on solar energy.
Hybrid Technology Basics
Understanding the technology that makes a car a hybrid vehicle.
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.
From Gasoline to Alcohol - E85 as a Transitiona...
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
Disposing of Biodiesel Waste
Learn how to responsibly dispose of biodiesel waste.
Top Five Reasons to Use Alternative Fuels
Top five reasons for using alternative fuels over fossil fuels.
Auto Manufacturers and Global Warming
How do auto manufacturers contribute to global warming? Learn more about vehicles' contribution to the earth's carbon load.
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.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Working Diagrams
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
What is Hydrogen?
Find the basic facts on hydrogen, an alternative fuel that can power fuel cells in electric vehicles.
What are Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)?
The definition of oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
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.
Troubleshooting Failed Biodiesel Reactions
Failed biodiesel reaction? Turn to this article for troubleshooting tips and methods.
Maintaining Your Biodiesel & Diesel Vehicle
Here's the low-down on maintaining your biodiesel and diesel vehicle.
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.
Regenerative Braking
How regenerative braking helps to stop a hybrid or EV while recharging the battery
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 Makes Energy an Alternative Source?
Alternative energy is a term applied to a number of green energy technologies
How Do Plug-in Hybrids Work?
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.
Hybrids 101
Start here to begin learning the basics about hybrids and electricity as an alternative fuel.
What is a Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full 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.
Are Hybrid Vehicles Safe?
Learn about the safety of hybrid vehicles and how they compare to conventional vehicles.
Learn to Make Your Own Biodiesel - Part 2
Ever wonder how to make your own biodiesel? Day 2 of our biodiesel tutorial walks you through with step-by-step instructions and photos.
Dual pressure delivery CNG pump
Public CNG dispensing pump. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels. Page 2.
What is Electrolysis?
The definition of electrolysis. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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.
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Offers Prius...
The 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In offers Prius enthusiasts and all-electric ride.
What's an AT-PZEV - Advanced Technology Partial...
The definition of an AT-PZEV, an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle.
Propane Offers Advantages for Fleet Owners
Propane offers attractive alternative for fleet owners.
Ethanol 101
Find answers to your questions about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste.
What is E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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 are CAFE Standards?
The definition of CAFE standards.
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.
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
Fuel or Fool?
In general, alternative fuels do tend to be less expensive than gasoline and petroleum diesel fuel. Learn more about the factors that influence the pricing, from geopolitics to supply and demand.
Hybrid Maintenance
Learn about the best maintenance tips to help keep all the components of your hybrid in peak condition.
Take Five to Save Fuel
Seven tips that will help you get better fuel mileage plus slash your fuel budget and greenhouse gas contribution.
Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Vehicle test drive
Hydrogen hits the road with the Equinox Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle - by Scott Gable
What is a Lithium-ion Battery?
The definition of a lithium-ion battery.

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