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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.
Can Gasoline Harm a Diesel Engine?
It can happen to anyone, learn about the problems associated with mis-fueling a diesel vehicle.
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.
How Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
Saleen hot-rods Tesla Model S
Steve Saleen steered his car tuning expertise to the Tesla Model S in creating the Saleen FourSixteen.
Prius C quiets the critics who have long...
Think of the Prius V as a station wagon version of the standard Prius
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.
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.
Kia gets mud on the Soul
Jacked up, KS coilover shocks and e-AWD; Kia Trail’ster ready for off-roading
Is it Expensive to Replace Hybrid Batteries?...
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
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.
Why You Should Know About the Diesel Fuel Cetane
Learn about cetane and how the cetane number can affect diesel engine performance.
What does carbon neutral mean?
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
What Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
How Inverters and Converters work in Hybrids...
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
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.
How do Hybrid Batteries Re-charge? Do I Need to...
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
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 Ethanol?
The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.
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.
A 70mpg Ford F-150 pickup? Maybe with a...
BMW uses the same principal the powered the Stanley Steamer
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.
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 Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
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.
What is PSI?
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
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 Throttle Body?
The definition of a throttle body.
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.
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
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.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
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.
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.
What is GVWR?
The definition of GVWR, the gross vehicle weight rating.
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.
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 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 Rebates and Tax Breaks are Available for...
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel 101
Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.
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.
BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
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.
Making Biodiesel from Algae
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
What is Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
Mazda’s AWD small crossover delivers 30...
Sweet handling, thanks to Mazda’s attention to chassis details
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.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Working Diagrams
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
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 is Electronic throttle Control?
A description and the workings of electronic throttle control technology.
What is a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
Toyota Prius, the quintessential hybrid
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
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.
Why Fuel Mileage Drops with E85
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
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.
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?
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.
Books on Solar Energy
A selection of books focused on solar energy.
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.
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.
What is Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
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.
What is Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
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.
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 Compression Ignition?
An explanation of compression ignition.
What Are the Ingredients in Biodiesel?
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
Surprising Facts About Electric Vehicles
Here are ten things you may not have known about electric cars.
Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell...
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
What is E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
What is Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
What is a SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
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.
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 flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
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.
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 are greenhouse gases?
The definition of greenhouse gases.
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.
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 Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full hybrid.
Identifying Energy as an Alternative Source
There are many terms used to define alternative energy sources.
What are fuel injectors?
The definition of fuel injectors.
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.
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.
Top Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
Are Hybrid Vehicles Safe?
Learn about the safety of hybrid vehicles and how they compare to conventional vehicles.
Biobutanol
This shows great promise as a motor fuel due to its favorable energy density, and it returns better fuel economy compared to ethanol.
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.
Surprising Facts About Solar Energy
Learn these surprising facts about solar energy.
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.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
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 a flex-fuel vehicle?
Start here for answers about flex-fuel vehicles and how to find current FFVs that run on E85.
Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
Mercedes’ first EV is based on a standard...
Mercedes is targeting well-healed, tech-savvy buyers that want to show discernment
What is Natural Gas?
Learn the basics about natural gas and its use as an alternative fuel.
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.
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.
What is an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about running a car on WVO
While painted red, new Acura NSX slots into the...
NSX’s hybrid powertrain is a complex, elegant design unlike any other
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.
What Hybrid Models are Currently Available?
Find out all of the models of hybrid vehicles available.
Five Things to Know About Clean Diesel
Here are five quick facts to know about clean diesel.
Gasoline and Petroleum
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
Five Quick Facts About PZEVs
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
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.
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
Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Vehicle test drive
Hydrogen hits the road with the Equinox Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle - by Scott Gable
What is Propane?
Learn the basic facts on natural gas, an alternative fuel that is a by-product of oil drilling and coal mining.
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?
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.
Costs Can Hinder Algae Development
Algae holds promise as an alternative fuel, but development may be hindered by high costs of commercial production.
Winter Rx for Biodiesel
Good old fashioned preventive medicine and a few quick cures to keep your biodiesel powered vehicle running smoothly all winter.
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.
Clean Diesel Tax Credits
Check out which diesel vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor vehicle tax credit.
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.
What is the Otto Cycle?
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
What are Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)?
The definition of oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
Dodge Cummins 6.7 L turbo diesel
Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels. Page 3.
How Flywheel Storage Works in a Hybrid Vehicle
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
What is Syngas?
Learn more about Syngas and its use as a fuel.
What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
From Gasoline to Alcohol - E85 as a Transitiona...
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
Homemade Biodiesel Recipe
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
What Does Octane Rating Mean?
The definition of octane rating.
Will the CT6 reinstate Cadillac as the...
2016 CT6 takes on Euro plug-in hybrid luxury cars
What is Bioethanol?
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Where are the Hybrid Batteries Located in a...
Learn about the batteries that help power hybrid vehicles.
Think the Chevy Volt is a new idea?
Think the Chevrolet Volt was a new idea? Take a look back to 1969.
Toyota's Latest Move Underscores Battery...
Recent announcements by Toyota underscore the significance of lithium-ion battery technologies in growing hybrid market share.
Toyota Highlander Hybrid a green hauler that...
2014 Highlander Hybrid’s styling boasts a wide appeal that will attract families, road trippers and diehard urbanites.
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
What is Hydrogen?
Find the basic facts on hydrogen, an alternative fuel that can power fuel cells in electric vehicles.
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.
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.
Biodiesel 101
Find answers to all your questions about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
Saving Lots of Fuel with Scott: Pulse and Glide...
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
Going fast and being green
The quest for fast green machines is gaining traction.
C-Max Energi is two cars in one, electric and...
C-Max Energi’s battery eats cargo space, could be a deal breaker
Routine Maintenance Schedule for Alternative...
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
Take Five to Save Fuel
Seven tips that will help you get better fuel mileage plus slash your fuel budget and greenhouse gas contribution.
What is a hybrid vehicle?
Start here to learn the basics about hybrid vehicles.

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