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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:11:00 +0000

 



Can Gasoline Harm a Diesel Engine?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Burning straight gasoline or highly diluted diesel fuel will almost certainly result in catastrophic damage to the mighty diesel engine.



How Do Plug-in Hybrids Work?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Learn how hybrids and all-electric vehicles create their own power for battery recharging through a process known as regenerative braking.






Do Hybrids Cost More to Maintain?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Learn why the cost of maintaining a hybrid car is quite similar to the expenses of maintaining a conventional car.



HCCI - Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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 Hybrid Vehicle

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z




How Inverters and Converters work in Hybrids...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Learn how inverters and converters work to condition electricity for power and recharging in hybrids and EVs.



Hybrid Battery Life and Replacement Costs

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

It is expensive to replace hybrid batteries but they have proven themselves to be extremely reliable.



Five Quick Facts About PZEVs

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.



How Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

With diesel engine common rail direct injection, each fuel injector is mounted directly above the piston within the cylinder head.



What Are the Ingredients in Biodiesel?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The basic facts about biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from vegetable oil.



How to Help Your Hybrid Beat the Wintertime Blues

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Find out why winter's dropping temperatures affect hybrid fuel economy--and how to fight back.



Why is Electricity an Alternative Fuel?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.






AdBlue and Clean Diesels

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z




Reader Question: Why do Electric Cars Need to...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.



Cylinder Deactivation

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.



How do Hybrid Batteries Re-charge? Do I Need to...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.



3 Things to Know About Biodiesel Vehicles and...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Check out these three things to keep your diesel running smoothly all winter long and eliminate those cold weather starting problems.



What Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

What is a PZEV — Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?



Why You Should Know About the Diesel Fuel Cetane

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Cetane is a colorless, liquid hydrocarbon (a molecule from the alkane series) that ignites easily under compression.



How Regenerative Braking Works

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

A description of regenerative braking, how it works, the way in which it differs from traditional brakes, and new Hydraulic Power Assist braking.



What is Ethanol?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The basic facts about ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grains or agricultural waste or it is chemically extracted from ethylene.



Five Facts on Electric Cars

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Undertand the basics on electric cars.



BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Learn about the BlueTEC diesel exhaust treatment system developed by Mercedes-Benz.






8 Alternative Fuels for Vehicles

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z




Tips on buying a used electric car

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z




How Gasoline Gallon Equivalents Help Gauge...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.



7 Green Cars Of The Future: What We’ll Be...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Don’t worry, the car won’t disappear in the future, it will just be powered by different energies, and in some cases, take on new shapes.



7 Cheapest 2016 Hybrid Cars On Sale Now

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Want to drive Earth-friendly? Better learn the Green Scores of these 2016 new cars.



What Does Carbon Neutral Mean?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

What does carbon neutral mean? Hybrid & Electric Cars.



Why some EVs are only available in a few states

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Compliance cars are designed and built specifically to comply with California regulations, and allow automakers to sell other vehicles in the state.



Hypermiling (Saving Lots of Fuel) in a Hybrid

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Hypermiling for superior fuel economy: Learn the tricks and techniques employed in hypermiling to maximize your vehicle's fuel mileage.



How to Convert Your Car to Run on Propane

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Propane and LPG conversion kits can convert your gasoline vehicle into a bi-fuel or alt fuel vehicles. Here are some companies that offer conversions.



Honda Civic EX versus Honda Civic Hybrid Fuel...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.



Where to Get Compressed Natural Gas Conversion...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.



What is Bioethanol?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The definition of bioethanol. Hybrid & Electric Cars.



Kerosene in Diesel Engine Question

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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 Propane?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Learn the basic facts on natural gas, an alternative fuel that is a by-product of oil drilling and coal mining.



Definition of Fuel Injector Pulse Width

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.



These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.



Biobutanol

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

This shows great promise as a motor fuel due to its favorable energy density, and it returns better fuel economy compared to ethanol.



Costs Can Hinder Algae Development

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Algae holds promise as an alternative fuel, but development may be hindered by high costs of commercial production.



What E85 Compatible Vehicles Are and How to Use...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.



Many Types of Drop-In Fuels

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Drop-in fuels take many forms, but their commonality is the ability to be used without major changes in infrastructure.



What is a Lean-Burn Engine?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

What is a Lean-Burn Engine? Hybrid & Electric Cars.



These Companies and Associations Develop Algae...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

These companies and organizations are top resources for advancement of algae biofuels.



Can You Really Run Your Car on Water?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

We've all seen the ads that purport converting your car to run on water. Here's what to beware of.



Electric Vehicle (EV) Conversion Companies

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Here's our constantly-growing reference listing of companies that offer electric vehicle (EV) conversions and all-electric car components.



Definition of an Instant Fuel Consumption Display

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The definition of and an explanation of how an instant fuel consumption display works.



What is Spark Ignition?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The definition of spark ignition.



What is a Diesel Particulate Filter Delete Kit...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

A reader wonders if he should install a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) delete kit on his 2008 Ford F-250 truck.



What is Fuel Atomization?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.






Five Facts to Know About Compressed Natural Gas

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.



Gasoline and Petroleum

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Learn the origins of the terms gasoline and petroleum, words used to describe our everyday motor fuel.



Making Biodiesel from Algae

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

There are several ways for extracting oil from algae to produce biodiesel.



What is Natural Gas?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Learn the basics about natural gas and its use as an alternative fuel.



What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.






Here Are Five Fun Facts on Hybrid Cars

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

You may know how hybrid vehicles works, but did you know these five fun facts about these alternative fuel vehicles?



What is Detonation?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.



What is Compression Ignition?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

An explanation of compression ignition.



Would You Commute In Nissan’s New...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Rent a ride on Nissan’s New Mobility Concept in San Francisco. It’s a cheap, safe and green way to commute, run errands or explore the city.



What is PSI?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The definition of PSI. Hybrid & Electric Cars.



Books on Solar Energy

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

A selection of books focused on solar energy.



Homemade Biodiesel Recipe

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Good quality waste vegetable oil is an important part of this recipe for making homebrewed biodiesel fuel.



The spate of natural gas powered vehicles is...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

While there’s plenty of pickups and vans available that use natural gas as a fuel, there are only two passenger cars, Honda’s Civic Natural Gas and the soon-to-arrive Chevrolet Impala.



What is a Two Mode Hybrid Car?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Find out what a two-mode hybrid is, how two-mode hybrids work, and what makes them different from full hybrids.



SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Check out the definition of an SULEV, a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.



Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Part 1

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO






2016 Chevrolet Camaro review

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z




How to Make Your Own Biodiesel

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Ever wonder how to make your own biodiesel? We'll walk you through it with step-by-step instructions and photos.



Why Should I Care About Using Alternative Fuels...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

What's the big deal? Does it really matter if I fill up with gasoline or propane? Learn why renewables are making such a big impact in the energy world.



What is a Throttle Body?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The definition of a throttle body.



Five Questions to Ask Before Natural Gas...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Before undertaking natural gas conversion of your vehicle, be sure you know what questions to consider regarding regulations, cost and infrastructure.



Learn Five Quick Facts About Algae as a Fuel

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Here are five quick facts to learn about innovative biofuels from algae.



Homemade Biodiesel Titration Test Procedure

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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 is Hydrogen?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

What is Hydrogen? Hybrid & Electric Cars.



Surprising Facts About Solar Energy

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Learn these surprising facts about solar energy.






Propane Offers Advantages for Fleet Owners

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Propane offers attractive alternative for fleet owners.












Methanol 101: What is it?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Find out the basic facts on methanol, an alternative fuel made from woody plant fiber, coal or natural gas.






Should You Choose Diesel?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.



Collecting Used Vegetable Oil for Homemade...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.



2016 Nissan Leaf to Get 110-Mile Battery Option

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

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.



Porsche Cayenne joins plug-in fraternity

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Porsche hasn’t released electric-only driving range, but expect somewhere around 13 to 18 miles for the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid.



Administration Proposes Deep Cuts to Hydrogen...

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Hydrogen car research could fall victim to belt-tightening if the Obama Administration’s proposed funding cuts become reality.



How Flywheel Storage Works in a Hybrid Vehicle

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Learn more about a flywheel hybrid, a hybrid car with a flywheel storage device.



Top Five Reasons to Use Alternative Fuels

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Top five reasons for using alternative fuels over fossil fuels.






Federal Tax Credits for Diesel Vehicles

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

Check out which diesel vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor vehicle tax credit.



What is a Mild Hybrid?

2017-01-19T11:11:00Z

The definition of a mild hybrid.