Hybrid & Electric Cars: Most Popular Articles
It can happen to anyone, learn about the problems associated with mis-fueling a diesel vehicle.
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.
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
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.
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 about cetane and how the cetane number can affect diesel engine performance.
Learn how hybrids and all-electric vehicles create their own power for battery recharging through a process known as regenerative braking.
Here is a list of alternative energy sources and their applications.
There are three main methods of carbon sequestration, in various states of discovery and development. Learn about them here.
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
The definition of GVWR, the gross vehicle weight rating.
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
A reader wonders if he should install a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) delete kit on his 2008 Ford F-250 truck.
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
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.
Ever wonder how to make your own biodiesel? We'll walk you through it with step-by-step instructions and photos.
Chrysler’s Town & Country minivan is going green in 2016 with a plug-in hybrid — By Larry E. Hall
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
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.
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.
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 a throttle body.
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
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.
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
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 how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
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 arrives.
The definition of regenerative braking.
A description and the workings of electronic throttle control technology.
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
An explanation of compression ignition.
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.
Find out how much of a federal tax credit you're due if you buy a hybrid in the United States.
Hypermiling for superior fuel economy: Learn the tricks and techniques employed in hypermiling to maximize your vehicle's fuel mileage.
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.
Here's our constantly-growing reference listing of companies that offer electric vehicle (EV) conversions and all-electric car components.
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
With a city fuel economy rating of 50 mpg, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan available.
Check out these three things to keep your diesel running smoothly all winter long and eliminate those cold weather starting problems.
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.
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
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.
Learn about the inner workings of a hybrid vehicle, and how they seamlessly integrate an internal combustion engine, an electric motor and a battery.
Check out the varieties of federal incentives that are available in the United States to ease your transition to alternative fuels.
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.
Find out what to do to lessen the cold weather's effect on your vehicle's fuel economy.
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
Find out the basic facts on fuel blends, mixtures of traditional and alternative fuels that are being used as transitional fuels.
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
Understanding flex fuel vehicles basics
What to expect when the 2016 Chevrolet Volt arrives.
The definition of spark ignition.
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
Misconceptions abound over biodiesel and its use.
Check out which diesel vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor vehicle tax credit.
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
What is a fuel cell? How long have fuel cells been around? Who invented fuel cells? Find the answers here.
Here's our list of the best ways to drive more efficiently and help the fuel tank stay fuller, longer.
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.
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
Porsche hasn’t released electric-only driving range, but expect somewhere around 13 to 18 miles for the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
Do the physical properties of natural gas and the design characteristics of natural gas make it a safe motor fuel?
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.
Check out photos from Day 2 of our making biodiesel tutorial to learn about the last processing step. Page 3.
Learn more about what gasification is and the thermo-chemical process by which carbon-rich feedstocks are converted into syngas.
Learn more about Syngas and its use as a fuel.
Nissan opens a new era for no-emission vehicles with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF to mainstream markets.
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 ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
How do fuel cells make electricity? What is the fuel for fuel cells? What kinds of fuel cells exist? Find the answers here.
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.
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.
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
The definition of octane rating.
Do you have an FFV? Do you use E85? What you need to know about maintaining your flex-fuel vehicle.
Global warming--it's a hot topic. Learn how you can take action to reduce your vehicle's greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions.
Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?
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.
Learn what vehicles are available to utilize the cleaner burning benefits of natural gas.
The definition of fuel injectors.
Before undertaking natural gas conversion of your vehicle, be sure you know what questions to consider regarding regulations, cost and infrastructure.
Steve Saleen steered his car tuning expertise to the Tesla Model S in creating the Saleen FourSixteen.
The definition of lubricity as it applies to fuels and lubricants.
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
Seven tips that will help you get better fuel mileage plus slash your fuel budget and greenhouse gas contribution.
Find out why winter's dropping temperatures affect hybrid fuel economy--and how to fight back.
The quest for fast green machines is gaining traction.
The definition of fracking. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
Is your 1995-1997 vehicle E85 compatible? Check this list to be sure.
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
You may know how hybrid vehicles works, but did you know these five fun facts about these alternative fuel vehicles?
Learn why the cost of maintaining a hybrid car is quite similar to the expenses of maintaining a conventional car.
The definition of miles per gallon (mpg).
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 definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Find answers to all your questions about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
The definition of and an explanation of how a fuel consumption display works.
Algae holds promise as an alternative fuel, but development may be hindered by high costs of commercial production.
Take a gander through these pictures and test drives for a first-hand look at the available and up-and-coming hybrids.
Drop-in fuels take many forms, but their commonality is the ability to be used without major changes in infrastructure.
Here's a look a the 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid family members - by Larry E. Hall
Good old fashioned preventive medicine and a few quick cures to keep your biodiesel powered vehicle running smoothly all winter.
Find out what a two-mode hybrid is, how two-mode hybrids work, and what makes them different from full hybrids.
There are several variations of hybrid technology in use today.
The definition of greenhouse gases.
Find answers to your questions about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste.
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
Photos of compressed natural gas refueling procedure.
The 2015 Mercedes C-Class Plug-in Hybrid gives the looks and features of the prestigious S-Class for about half the price.
Learn about the safety of hybrid vehicles and how they compare to conventional vehicles.
Researchers worldwide are working to address the problems associated with lithium-ion batteries used in today's electric and hybrid vehicles.
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
The definition of the Atkinson Cycle in an engine.
: Hydraulic hybrid systems increase fuel economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in garbage trucks.
The definition of bagasse. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
The definition of electrolysis. Hybrid Cars.
The definition of cellulosic ethanol.
Learn how charging stations work and how they are installed before purchasing a plug-in hybrid or EV.
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.
Tyke-sized Power Wheels Electric Ford F-150 built for on- or off-sidewalk fun. Adventure seeking, rugged little boys and girls only.
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.
Learn more about why clean diesel exhaust emission controls require a sophisticated set of control devices.
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.
Take a seat with Scott as he drives us through the details and specifics of how he saves fuel and beats EPA mileage ratings by 15 to 20 percent--with plain ole common sense.
Find the basic facts on hydrogen, an alternative fuel that can power fuel cells in electric vehicles.