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Hybrid & Electric Cars: 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.
The 7 Cheapest Hybrid Cars
Now is a great time to buy gas is cheap, relatively speaking, so hybrid car sales are down. This means that auto dealers are more willing to move on price.
How Do Plug-in Hybrids Work?
Electric cars hybrids rely upon electric motors for propulsion and assistance--learn more about how these electric motors and generators work.
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.
How Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
Honda Neowing: Radical Hybrid Three-Wheel...
A gasoline-electric hybrid motorcycle: Did Honda’s motorcycle and car engineers have lunch together one day?
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 Inverters and Converters work in Hybrids...
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
What does carbon neutral mean?
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
Is it Expensive to Replace Hybrid Batteries?...
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
How do Hybrid Batteries Re-charge? Do I Need to...
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid 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.
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.
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?
The definition of regenerative braking.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
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.
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.
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.
What Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
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 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 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.
The Ultimate Green Status Utility Vehicle With...
After a three-year and seven month wait, customers are getting the Tesla Model X, but only a select few get to fork over $132,000.
BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
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.
Why Fuel Mileage Drops with E85
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
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.
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.
Tesla Model S Gets New Base Model, New 90-kWh...
More than three years after the first Tesla Model S was delivered, it still has the longest driving range of any plug-in electric production car sold anywhere in the world.
2016 Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover Confirmed
Every car company would like to have a slice of the Toyota Prius’ hybrid pie. Kia believes the Niro Hybrid is an upcoming worthy challenger.
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.
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
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 Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
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.
2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Breaks Cover With New...
On looks alone the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is a compelling midsize sedan in the extremely competitive entry luxury market segment.
What is a Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
What Rebates and Tax Breaks are Available for...
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
Apple Electric iCar: Yes Or No?
Apple has internally designated the electric car a “committed project.” Go-ahead came after more than a year of investigating the feasibility.
What are fuel injectors?
The definition of fuel injectors.
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.
What is a Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full hybrid.
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.
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 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.
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
What is Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Top Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
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.
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.
What is Compression Ignition?
An explanation of compression ignition.
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.
Making Biodiesel from Algae
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
What is a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
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 Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
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.
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.
Lexus NX300h, a late but great luxury compact...
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h makes a big splash with head turning styling, a no-detail-overlooked interior and class leading fuel economy.
What is an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
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.
What are greenhouse gases?
The definition of greenhouse gases.
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.
What is Spark Ignition?
The definition of spark ignition.
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.
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel 101
Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.
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 a SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
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?
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Working Diagrams
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
What is the greenhouse effect?
The definition of the greenhouse effect.
Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell...
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
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.
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.
Five Quick Facts About PZEVs
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
Books on Solar Energy
A selection of books focused on solar energy.
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.
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.
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.
Low Tech, Low Cost Solution To Improve Fuel...
For conventional gas- or diesel-powered non-hybrid vehicles, stop-start is a relatively low tech, low cost solution for saving fuel and reducing emissions.
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 Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
5 Tips To Improve Your Hybrid’s Gas Mileage
Following a few easy steps could mean a big boost in MPG for your hybrid
2016 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid
Ultimate Driving Machine to have 22-mile all electric driving range
What is an Instant Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
What is Biodiesel?
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
What is Bioethanol?
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Homemade Biodiesel Recipe
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
i-Road Is A Cross Between A Car And A Motorcycle
Toyota Says It’s Not Possible For The i-Road To Flip Over
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
Understanding Hybrid Vehicle Basics
While technological advancements for hybrid vehicles continue to emerge, there are still a small number of basics you can expect to find in most hybrids.
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.
A fuel-sipping C-Class plug-in hybrid for the...
The 2015 Mercedes C-Class Plug-in Hybrid gives the looks and features of the prestigious S-Class for about half the price.
Hybrid Central
Whether you're looking to bone up on hybrid car basics and maintenance or looking for photos and test drives of the latest hybrid car models, start here to find the answers.
Here come the fuel cell vehicles, where do they...
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h makes a big splash with head turning styling, a no-detail-overlooked interior and class leading fuel economy.
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.
2016 Nissan Leaf to Get 110-Mile Battery Option
Nissan’s Leaf is the world’s top selling electric car but U.S sales have taken a pause of late. The new 110-mile range battery could reinvigorate sales.
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.
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 is a Flywheel Hybrid?
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
Gasoline and Petroleum
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
Why some EVs are only available in a few states
Compliance cars are designed and built specifically to comply with California regulations, and allow automakers to sell other vehicles in the state.
What is a flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
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 ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
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.
2016 Mirai has a driving range of about 300 miles
Miria can act as an emergency back up power generator
This shows great promise as a motor fuel due to its favorable energy density, and it returns better fuel economy compared to ethanol.
Toyota Prius, the quintessential hybrid
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
Nissan Gripz Concept: Crossover Meets 240Z...
Gripz melds the features of a sports car and a crossover. Green credentials are earned with a Chevy Volt-like hybrid system.
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
Prius C quiets the critics who have long...
Think of the Prius V as a station wagon version of the standard Prius
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 a Plug-in Hybrid?
The definition of a plug-in hybrid.
Five Facts to Know About Biomass
Biomass is derived from living organisms and can be used as a renewable energy feedstock.
Keep Your EV and Hybrid Happy During Cold...
Winter weather brings special considerations when driving a hybrid car in order to ensure maximum fuel efficiency.
What is Hydrogen?
Find the basic facts on hydrogen, an alternative fuel that can power fuel cells in electric vehicles.
Hybrids: The Real Deal or Marketing Hype
Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?
A 70mpg Ford F-150 pickup? Maybe with a...
BMW uses the same principal the powered the Stanley Steamer
2016 RAV4 Hybrid: What Took You So Long, Toyota?
Fifteen years after introducing the Prius, Toyota finally gives the nod to a hybrid RAV4 and it’s a good one.
Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell
Proton Exchange Membrane -PEM- Fuel Cell Diagram
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.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling...
Photos of compressed natural gas refueling procedure.
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
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?
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 Does Octane Rating Mean?
The definition of octane rating.
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 E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
What is the Otto Cycle?
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
What is the Atkinson Cycle?
The definition of the Atkinson Cycle in an engine.
Prius v - Initial Review of the Prius v
Prius v for 2012 - Toyota continues to answer consumer needs with a roomier addition to the Prius family.
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.
7 Green Fuel Misers Under \$25,000
Even though the average new car price is $33,560, there’s still good news for budget-minded green car shoppers.
Mercedes’ first EV is based on a standard...
Mercedes is targeting well-healed, tech-savvy buyers that want to show discernment
What is Propane?
Learn the basic facts on natural gas, an alternative fuel that is a by-product of oil drilling and coal mining.
Refreshed Tesla entry-level has more driving...
Tesla quotes a 0-to-60 time of 5.2 seconds for the new Model S 70D
What is a Mild Hybrid?
The definition of a mild hybrid.
What are Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)?
The definition of oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
Will the 2016 Volt become a 5-passenger car?
Will the sales numbers increase for the 2016 Volt?
Plug-in Hybrid Minivan Coming From Chrysler
Chrysler’s Town & Country minivan is going green in 2016 with a plug-in hybrid — By Larry E. Hall

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