Hybrid & Electric Cars: Most Popular Articles
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.
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions 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.
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.
The definition of GVWR, the gross vehicle weight rating.
Learn how hybrids and all-electric vehicles create their own power for battery recharging through a process known as regenerative braking.
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.
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.
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
The definition of a throttle body.
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
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.
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
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.
Ever wonder how to make your own biodiesel? We'll walk you through it with step-by-step instructions and photos.
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.
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
Before purchasing an alternative fuels vehicle, consider these five factors.
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.
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.
The definition of regenerative braking.
Check out the varieties of federal incentives that are available in the United States to ease your transition to alternative fuels.
We've all seen the ads that purport converting your car to run on water. Here's what to beware of.
Find out how much of a federal tax credit you're due if you buy a hybrid in the United States.
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.
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
Check out these three things to keep your diesel running smoothly all winter long and eliminate those cold weather starting problems.
Hypermiling for superior fuel economy: Learn the tricks and techniques employed in hypermiling to maximize your vehicle's fuel mileage.
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.
A description and the workings of electronic throttle control technology.
Learn more about Syngas and its use as a fuel.
Here's our constantly-growing reference listing of companies that offer electric vehicle (EV) conversions and all-electric car components.
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.
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.
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
The definition of spark ignition.
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.
Learn about the inner workings of a hybrid vehicle, and how they seamlessly integrate an internal combustion engine, an electric motor and a battery.
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.
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
An explanation of compression ignition.
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
Find answers to all your questions about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
How do fuel cells make electricity? What is the fuel for fuel cells? What kinds of fuel cells exist? Find the answers here.
Here's our list of the best ways to drive more efficiently and help the fuel tank stay fuller, longer.
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
Do the physical properties of natural gas and the design characteristics of natural gas make it a safe motor fuel?
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
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.
Find out what to do to lessen the cold weather's effect on your vehicle's fuel economy.
Frequently Asked Questions about running a car on WVO
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
The definition of miles per gallon (mpg).
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
Learn more about what gasification is and the thermo-chemical process by which carbon-rich feedstocks are converted into syngas.
Find out why winter's dropping temperatures affect hybrid fuel economy--and how to fight back.
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
Learn why the cost of maintaining a hybrid car is quite similar to the expenses of maintaining a conventional car.
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
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.
Understanding flex fuel vehicles basics
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
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.
The definition of the Atkinson Cycle in an engine.
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
If you are considering a new car purchase and want to keep some dollars in your wallet after filling up at the pump, here are the top 5 2014 hybrid car fuel misers.
Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?
Check out which diesel vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor vehicle tax credit.
Do you have an FFV? Do you use E85? What you need to know about maintaining your flex-fuel vehicle.
The definition of electrolysis. Hybrid Cars.
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Seven tips that will help you get better fuel mileage plus slash your fuel budget and greenhouse gas contribution.
Learn about the safety of hybrid vehicles and how they compare to conventional vehicles.
Algae holds promise as an alternative fuel, but development may be hindered by high costs of commercial production.
Failed biodiesel reaction? Turn to this article for troubleshooting tips and methods.
Alternative energy is a term applied to a number of green energy technologies
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.
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
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.
Before undertaking natural gas conversion of your vehicle, be sure you know what questions to consider regarding regulations, cost and infrastructure.
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.
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h makes a big splash with head turning styling, a no-detail-overlooked interior and class leading fuel economy.
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
The definition of a full hybrid.
There are three main methods of carbon sequestration, in various states of discovery and development. Learn about them here.
The definition of octane rating.
Propane is powering more than barbecue grills. Find the basic facts on propane (liquified propane gas or LPG) as an alternative fuel.
The definition of fuel injectors.
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.
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.
The 2015 Mercedes C-Class Plug-in Hybrid gives the looks and features of the prestigious S-Class for about half the price.
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 an AT-PZEV, an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle.
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.
Learn about the best maintenance tips to help keep all the components of your hybrid in peak condition.
The definition of greenhouse gases.
Researchers worldwide are working to address the problems associated with lithium-ion batteries used in today's electric and hybrid vehicles.
Propane offers attractive alternative for fleet owners.
Find out the basic facts on fuel blends, mixtures of traditional and alternative fuels that are being used as transitional fuels.
The definition of fracking. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
Part 2 of a series on running a car on WVO
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
Understanding the technology that makes a car a hybrid 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.
Take a gander through these pictures and test drives for a first-hand look at the available and up-and-coming hybrids.
The basics on the used of CNG as a vehicle 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.
Nissan opens a new era for no-emission vehicles with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF to mainstream markets.
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.
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.
Here's the low-down on maintaining your biodiesel and diesel vehicle.
You may know how hybrid vehicles works, but did you know these five fun facts about these alternative fuel vehicles?
Ever wonder how to make your own biodiesel? Day 2 of our biodiesel tutorial walks you through with step-by-step instructions and photos.
It's the one alternative fuel that fits nicely in the homebrew category. If youre at all interested in making your own, here are some books to get you started.
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?
Learn the basic facts on natural gas, an alternative fuel that is a by-product of oil drilling and coal mining.
The definition of and an explanation of how a fuel consumption display works.
Learn what vehicles are available to utilize the cleaner burning benefits of natural gas.
Winter weather brings special considerations when driving a hybrid car in order to ensure maximum fuel efficiency.
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.
While the initial purchase price may be higher, purchasing a hybrid car can still save you money over time.
Find answers to your questions about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste.
Good old fashioned preventive medicine and a few quick cures to keep your biodiesel powered vehicle running smoothly all winter.
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.
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h makes a big splash with head turning styling, a no-detail-overlooked interior and class leading fuel economy.
Is your 1995-1997 vehicle E85 compatible? Check this list to be sure.