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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.
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 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.
How Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...
Find out how diesel common rail direct injection (CRD) works.
Hybrid Porsche 919 Wins 24 Hours of Le Mans
Porsche now has 17 overall wins at Le Mans; the most of any team despite a 17-year dry spell since their last overall win in 1998.
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.
Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.
How do Hybrid Batteries Re-charge? Do I Need to...
Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.
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.
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 Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?
Learn the definition of a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).
Is it Expensive to Replace Hybrid Batteries?...
Learn about the replacement cost and life of hybrid batteries.
‘Monster’ Tajima to Assault Pikes...
Famed driver ‘Monster’ Tajima looking for another win at “The Race of the Clouds”
Why You Should Know About the Diesel Fuel Cetane
Learn about cetane and how the cetane number can affect diesel engine performance.
What is PSI?
The definition of PSI. Hybrid Cars.
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 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.
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.
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.
Why Fuel Mileage Drops with E85
Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.
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.
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 Detonation?
The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.
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.
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.
What is Regenerative Braking?
The definition of regenerative braking.
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.
What does carbon neutral mean?
: Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of
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.
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.
What Rebates and Tax Breaks are Available for...
Tax credits, rebates and incentives available for hybrid vehicles.
Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle
Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.
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.
BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology
Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.
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.
Will the CT6 reinstate Cadillac as the...
2016 CT6 takes on Euro plug-in hybrid luxury 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 Ethanol?
The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.
What is a Full Hybrid?
The definition of a full hybrid.
Top Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...
Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.
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.
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.
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.
Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle
Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.
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 a Throttle Body?
The definition of a throttle body.
What is an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve?
The definition of an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve.
What is a Lean-Burn Engine?
A description of lean-burn engine technology.
From Gasoline to Alcohol - E85 as a Transitiona...
Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.
Five Facts on Electric Cars
Undertand the basics on electric cars.
Mazda’s AWD small crossover delivers 30...
Sweet handling, thanks to Mazda’s attention to chassis details
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.
Toyota Prius, the quintessential hybrid
What to expect when the 2015 Toyota Prius arrives.
Making Biodiesel from Algae
There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.
Diesel Vehicle Basics
Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.
Books on Solar Energy
A selection of books focused on solar energy.
What is Compression Ignition?
An explanation of compression ignition.
What is Energy?
Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.
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.
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 an Instant Fuel Consumption Display?
The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.
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.
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1
Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO
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.
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.
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel 101
Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.
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.
Two models for new Volt?
What to expect when the 2016 Chevrolet Volt arrives.
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 are fuel injectors?
The definition of fuel injectors.
Five Quick Facts About PZEVs
Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.
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?
What is a Flywheel Hybrid?
Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.
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.
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.
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 a DPF - Diesel Particulate Filter?
The definition of a Diesel Particulate Filter.
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.
This hybrid is not just hot air
UK’s Auto Car magazine gave the HYbrid Air a 4 out of 5 stars rating
Porsche Cayenne joins plug-in fraternity
Porsche hasn’t released electric-only driving range, but expect somewhere around 13 to 18 miles for the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
Biobutanol
This shows great promise as a motor fuel due to its favorable energy density, and it returns better fuel economy compared to ethanol.
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 Spark Ignition?
The definition of spark ignition.
What is an Oxidation Catalyst?
The definition of an Oxidation Catalyst.
Hybrids: The Real Deal or Marketing Hype
Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?
Five Things to Know About Propane
Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.
What is Natural Gas?
Learn the basics about natural gas and its use as an alternative fuel.
What is E85 Fuel?
The definition of E85 fuel. Hybrid Cars & Alt Fuels.
What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?
The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
What is a SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions...
Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.
5 Cars That Are Reasonably Priced With...
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.
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 Fuel Injector Pulse Width?
An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.
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.
2016 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid
Ultimate Driving Machine to have 22-mile all electric driving range
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.
Honda Sacks Civic Hybrid and CNG Models, Pulls...
Honda hasn’t turned its back on the green car business, the automaker will begin a new green car strategy that includes a new generation of hybrids, electrics and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
The 1,341 Horsepower Electric Supercar From...
Finland lays claim to the most badass electric car on the planet - for now.
Saving Lots of Fuel with Scott: Pulse and Glide...
Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.
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.
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.
What is Fuel Atomization?
The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
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.
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?
What is Bioethanol?
The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.
What is the Otto Cycle?
The definition of the Otto cycle engine.
Solar Energy is a Clean, Renewable Fuel Choice
Solar energy is a clean, renewable fuel that may play a role in powering your future vehicle.
A 70mpg Ford F-150 pickup? Maybe with a...
BMW uses the same principal the powered the Stanley Steamer
Routine Maintenance Schedule for Alternative...
Alternative fuel vehicle general maintenance schedule based on time and mileage.
These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...
These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.
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
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids have an exceptional...
2016 Sonata Hybrid will have class leading combined fuel economy of 43 mpg
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration: luxury performance...
Is This The Car Infiniti Needs? Hybrid & Electric Cars.
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.
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.
Mercedes’ first EV is based on a standard...
Mercedes is targeting well-healed, tech-savvy buyers that want to show discernment
How much does an alternative fuel vehicle cost?
Wondering if an alternative fuel vehicle will cost more than a conventional gasoline one? You've come to the right place.
What is a flywheel?
The definition of a vehicle flywheel.
Hybrid Maintenance
Learn about the best maintenance tips to help keep all the components of your hybrid in peak condition.
What is a Plug-in Hybrid?
The definition of a plug-in 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?
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling...
Photos of compressed natural gas refueling procedure.
Tesla Model S adds all-wheel drive
Model S Catches Up With New Safety Features
2016 Mirai has a driving range of about 300 miles
Miria can act as an emergency back up power generator
Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about running a car on WVO
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.
Prius v - Versatility is Key
Prius v for 2012 - Toyota continues to answer consumer needs with a roomier addition to the Prius family.
What is Biodiesel?
The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.
Propane Offers Advantages for Fleet Owners
Propane offers attractive alternative for fleet owners.
What Does Octane Rating Mean?
The definition of octane rating.
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.
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid sheds vanilla styling...
2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid sheds vanilla styling for a modern sportier look and adds a dose of driving fun.
Miles of smiles in tot-size electric Ford F-150
Tyke-sized Power Wheels Electric Ford F-150 built for on- or off-sidewalk fun. Adventure seeking, rugged little boys and girls only.
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.
Five Things to Know About Hydrogen Fuel Cell...
Learn these five important basics about hyrogen fuel cell vehicles.
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.
Where are the Hybrid Batteries Located in a...
Learn about the batteries that help power hybrid vehicles.
Methanol 101: What is it?
Find out the basic facts on methanol, an alternative fuel made from woody plant fiber, coal or natural gas.
Still the number-one selling mid-size hybrid...
All-new styling plus performance upgrades for 2015
Gasoline and Petroleum
Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.
Ford Extends Its Green Footprint Beyond Cars
Foldable E-bikes for personal or commercial users
Juicing up Jaguar’s first-ever crossover...
There are several reasons for an electric F-Pace. First and foremost is California’s ZEV regulations
What is a Mild Hybrid?
The definition of a mild hybrid.
Hybrids 101
Start here to begin learning the basics about hybrids and electricity as an alternative fuel.
What is a hybrid vehicle?
Start here to learn the basics about hybrid vehicles.

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