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.
Electric cars hybrids rely upon electric motors for propulsion and assistance--learn more about how these electric motors and generators work.
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.
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.
A reader wonders if he should install a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) delete kit on his 2008 Ford F-250 truck.
The definition of a throttle body.
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
Ever wonder how to make your own biodiesel? We'll walk you through it with step-by-step instructions and photos.
Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.
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 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.
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
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.
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.
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
Find out how much of a federal tax credit you're due if you buy a hybrid in the United States.
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.
Before purchasing an alternative fuels vehicle, consider these five factors.
The definition of regenerative braking.
A description and the workings of electronic throttle control technology.
Learn more about Syngas and its use as a fuel.
We've all seen the ads that purport converting your car to run on water. Here's what to beware of.
Check out these three things to keep your diesel running smoothly all winter long and eliminate those cold weather starting problems.
Here's our constantly-growing reference listing of companies that offer electric vehicle (EV) conversions and all-electric car components.
Check out the varieties of federal incentives that are available in the United States to ease your transition to alternative fuels.
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
The definition of spark 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.
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
Learn about the inner workings of a hybrid vehicle, and how they seamlessly integrate an internal combustion engine, an electric motor and a battery.
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
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.
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.
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
An explanation of compression ignition.
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
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 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.
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.
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 atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
How do fuel cells make electricity? What is the fuel for fuel cells? What kinds of fuel cells exist? Find the answers here.
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
Frequently Asked Questions about running a car on WVO
Find answers to all your questions about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
Learn more about what gasification is and the thermo-chemical process by which carbon-rich feedstocks are converted into syngas.
The definition of miles per gallon (mpg).
Do the physical properties of natural gas and the design characteristics of natural gas make it a safe motor 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.
Find out why winter's dropping temperatures affect hybrid fuel economy--and how to fight back.
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
Learn why the cost of maintaining a hybrid car is quite similar to the expenses of maintaining a conventional car.
Algae holds promise as an alternative fuel, but development may be hindered by high costs of commercial production.
The definition of the Atkinson Cycle in an engine.
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
The definition of electrolysis. Hybrid Cars.
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
Here's our list of the best ways to drive more efficiently and help the fuel tank stay fuller, longer.
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 an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
Failed biodiesel reaction? Turn to this article for troubleshooting tips and methods.
Check out which diesel vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor vehicle tax credit.
Find out what a two-mode hybrid is, how two-mode hybrids work, and what makes them different from full hybrids.
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
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.
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
Understanding flex fuel vehicles basics
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
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.
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.
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.
The definition of a full hybrid.
Do you have an FFV? Do you use E85? What you need to know about maintaining your flex-fuel vehicle.
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h makes a big splash with head turning styling, a no-detail-overlooked interior and class leading fuel economy.
The definition of octane rating.
Researchers worldwide are working to address the problems associated with lithium-ion batteries used in today's electric and hybrid vehicles.
Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?
Find out the basic facts on methanol, an alternative fuel made from woody plant fiber, coal or natural gas.
Drop-in fuels take many forms, but their commonality is the ability to be used without major changes in infrastructure.
This shows great promise as a motor fuel due to its favorable energy density, and it returns better fuel economy compared to ethanol.
Before undertaking natural gas conversion of your vehicle, be sure you know what questions to consider regarding regulations, cost and infrastructure.
Start here to begin learning the basics about hybrids and electricity as an alternative fuel.
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.
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.
Hydrogen can be produced domestically, but infrastructure can be challenging.
The basics on the used of CNG as a vehicle fuel.
Propane offers attractive alternative for fleet owners.
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
The definition of fracking. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
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.
Alternative energy is a term applied to a number of green energy technologies
Understanding the technology that makes a car a hybrid vehicle.
You may know how hybrid vehicles works, but did you know these five fun facts about these alternative fuel vehicles?
Find answers to your questions about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste.
Nissan opens a new era for no-emission vehicles with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF to mainstream markets.
Winter weather brings special considerations when driving a hybrid car in order to ensure maximum fuel efficiency.
The definition of an AT-PZEV, an Advanced Technology Partial Zero 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.
Take a gander through these pictures and test drives for a first-hand look at the available and up-and-coming hybrids.
Start here to learn the basics about hybrid vehicles.
These books provide information on the use of hydropower as an alternative energy source.
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.
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.
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
The definition of greenhouse gases.
From Proton Exchange Membrane to Molten Carbonate, these diagrams illustrate how various types of fuel cells work.
Propane is powering more than barbecue grills. Find the basic facts on propane (liquified propane gas or LPG) as an alternative fuel.
Vegetable oil power was the fuel of choice for this bus that traveled cross-country. We talk to Zak Zaidman to learn more.
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.
Is your 1995-1997 vehicle E85 compatible? Check this list to be sure.
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.
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.
Learn the basics about natural gas and its use as an alternative fuel.
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h makes a big splash with head turning styling, a no-detail-overlooked interior and class leading fuel economy.
There are three main methods of carbon sequestration, in various states of discovery and development. Learn about them here.
There are several variations of hybrid technology in use today.
Find the basic facts on hydrogen, an alternative fuel that can power fuel cells in electric vehicles.
BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen are each bringing a battery-electric vehicle to the U.S. What does each have to offer?
Part 2 of a series on running a car on WVO
Good old fashioned preventive medicine and a few quick cures to keep your biodiesel powered vehicle running smoothly all winter.
Hydrogen hits the road with the Equinox Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle - by Scott Gable
How regenerative braking helps to stop a hybrid or EV while recharging the battery