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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.
What Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
How Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
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.
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 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.
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 is a Throttle Body?
The definition of a throttle body.
Is it Expensive to Replace Hybrid Batteries?...
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
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.
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.
What is Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
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
What is GVWR?
The definition of GVWR, the gross vehicle weight rating.
What is PSI?
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
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.
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.
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.
Making Biodiesel from Algae
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
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 does carbon neutral mean?
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
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 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 Electronic throttle Control?
A description and the workings of electronic throttle control technology.
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.
What is a flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
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 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.
What is a Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
What is Compression Ignition?
An explanation of compression ignition.
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel 101
Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.
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.
What is Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
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.
What is Spark Ignition?
The definition of spark ignition.
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.
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.
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.
Think the Chevrolet Volt was a new idea? Take a...
Think the Chevrolet Volt was a new idea? Take a look back to 1969.
Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
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.
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 Are the Ingredients in Biodiesel?
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
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 carbon sequestration?
There are three main methods of carbon sequestration, in various states of discovery and development. Learn about them here.
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 is the Otto Cycle?
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
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 a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
What is E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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 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 Ethanol?
The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.
Here come the fuel cell vehicles
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h makes a big splash with head turning styling, a no-detail-overlooked interior and class leading 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.
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.
Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
What is Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
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 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.
Saving Lots of Fuel with Scott: Pulse and Glide...
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
What is an Instant Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
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.
Say “Hi” to the i, Mitsubishi&rsquo...
If price has kept you from plugging into the electric car bandwagon, say “Hi” to the i, Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV. Maximum federal and state incentives can lower the price to less than $13,000.
Understanding Basics of Flex Fuel Vehicles
Understanding flex fuel vehicles basics
Understand the Basics of These Alternative...
Here is a list of alternative energy sources and their applications.
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.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
What is an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
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 Syngas?
Learn more about Syngas and its use as a fuel.
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
Gasoline and Petroleum
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
What is a SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
Line Up of 2013 Hybrid Vehicles
New line up of 2013 hybrid cars,trucks and SUVs.
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.
Clean Diesel Tax Credits
Check out which diesel vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor vehicle tax credit.
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.
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.
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.
What is Electrolysis?
The definition of electrolysis. Hybrid Cars.
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.
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.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Working Diagrams
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
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.
What is Bioethanol?
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Routine Maintenance Schedule for Alternative...
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
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.
Toyota's Latest Move Underscores Battery...
Recent announcements by Toyota underscore the significance of lithium-ion battery technologies in growing hybrid market share.
Homemade Biodiesel Recipe
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
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.
Biodiesel 101
Find answers to all your questions about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
Hybrids: The Real Deal or Marketing Hype
Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?
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 Fracking?
The definition of fracking. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
What are Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)?
The definition of oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
Top Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
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 Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
Three More Top Reasons to Purchase an EV
Here are three more reasons in our series of top reasons you should consider an electric vehicle when making your next new vehicle purchase.
Learn to Make Your Own Biodiesel - Part 2
Day 2 of our making biodiesel tutorial shows a sample of the mixture that settled out separately in a glass jar. Page 2.
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.
Top Five Reasons to Switch to a Hybrid Vehicle
With more hybrid vehicles hitting the market each model year, there continue to be a number of good reasons for making the switch to a hybrid vehicle.
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.
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.
What are fuel injectors?
The definition of fuel injectors.
What are greenhouse gases?
The definition of greenhouse gases.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
What is an Oxidation Catalyst?
The definition of an Oxidation Catalyst.
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?
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about running a car on WVO
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.
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 Miles per Gallon?
The definition of miles per gallon (mpg).
Methanol 101: What is it?
Find out the basic facts on methanol, an alternative fuel made from woody plant fiber, coal or natural gas.
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.
Hydrogen Transport and Storage Presents...
Hydrogen can be produced domestically, but infrastructure can be challenging.
Going fast and being green
The quest for fast green machines is gaining traction.
What is a Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full hybrid.
Toyota's 2013 Prius Family
Toyota's popular Prius comes in several versions for 2013.
GM Promises an All-New Chevy Volt for 2013
GM is introducing an all-new Volt for 2013.
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.
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.
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.
3 Euro carmakers are plugging in
BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen are each bringing a battery-electric vehicle to the U.S. What does each have to offer?
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.
Propane Offers Advantages for Fleet Owners
Propane offers attractive alternative for fleet owners.
What is a Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how a fuel consumption display works.
Five Facts to Know About Biodiesel
Five facts that you should know about biodiesel.
What is the Atkinson Cycle?
The definition of the Atkinson Cycle in an engine.
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.
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
These Current Hybrids Offer Low Price Tags and...
These 2013 hybrid vehicles offer some of the lowest sticker prices and payback periods available.
Hybrids 101
Start here to begin learning the basics about hybrids and electricity as an alternative fuel.
Plugging into the New Generation of Hybrids
Understanding the difference between conventional and plugged-in hybrids is not nearly as complicated as it might seem at first glance.
Books on Solar Energy
A selection of books focused on solar energy.
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