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Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:06:48 +0000

 



What is Regenerative Braking in a Hybrid Car?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



How Do Plug-in Hybrids Work?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Electric cars hybrids rely upon electric motors for propulsion and assistance--learn more about how these electric motors and generators work.



Can Gasoline Harm a Diesel Engine?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Diesel Vehicle Basics

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Learn the basics about what a diesel/biodiesel vehicle is and how it works.



HCCI - Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



How Inverters and Converters work in Hybrids...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Do Hybrids Cost More to Maintain?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



How Hybrids Work

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Learn about the inner workings of a hybrid vehicle, and how they seamlessly integrate an internal combustion engine, an electric motor and a battery.



Five Quick Facts About PZEVs

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Here are five things you should know about PZEVs.



Hybrid Battery Life and Replacement Costs

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



How Does Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Why is Electricity an Alternative Fuel?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



Cylinder Deactivation

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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 You Should Know About the Diesel Fuel Cetane

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



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

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Learn more about the batteries in hybrid vehicles.



How Regenerative Braking Works

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



What Are the Ingredients in Biodiesel?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



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

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



How to Help Your Hybrid Beat the Wintertime Blues

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



What Does Carbon Neutral Mean?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

What does carbon neutral mean? Hybrid & Electric Cars.



Why Fuel Mileage Drops with E85

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Find out why fuel economy drops in a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) when running E85.



How Selective Catalytic Reduction Renders...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



Maintaining Your Hybrid Vehicle

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Keep your hybrid running its best by following these guidelines for regular maintenance.



Where to Get Compressed Natural Gas Conversion...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



3 Things to Know About Biodiesel Vehicles and...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



What is Ethanol?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Undertand the basics on electric cars.



What Is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

What is a PZEV — Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle?



What is Detonation?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

The definition of detonation in a vehicle engine.



Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel 101

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Learn the basics on ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and how it affects newer and older diesel vehicles.



How Winter Weather Wrecks Your Gas Mileage

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Find out what to do to lessen the cold weather's effect on your vehicle's fuel economy.



BlueTEC Clean Diesel Technology

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



From Gasoline to Alcohol - E85 as a Transitiona...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Learn why flex-fuel vehicles have to use E85, and how it's a transitional fuel.



Definition of Fules Alternative to Gasoline

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



Blends 101 - Basics About Blended Fuels

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Find out the basic facts on fuel blends, mixtures of traditional and alternative fuels that are being used as transitional fuels.



Can You Really Run Your Car on Water?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Keep Your EV and Hybrid Happy During Cold...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Winter weather brings special considerations when driving a hybrid car in order to ensure maximum fuel efficiency.



Hypermiling (Saving Lots of Fuel) in a Hybrid

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



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

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



Why some EVs are only available in a few states

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



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

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



These Companies Offer Propane Conversion Kits...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

These companies provide propane conversion kits or services.



How to Convert Your Car to Run on Propane

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



7 Cheapest 2016 Hybrid Cars On Sale Now

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Honda Civic EX versus Honda Civic Hybrid Fuel...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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 Energy?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Learn how the law of energy applies to hybrid and all-electric cars.



5 Tips To Improve Your Hybrid’s Gas Mileage

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Following a few easy steps could mean a big boost in MPG for your hybrid



How Gasoline Gallon Equivalents Help Gauge...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



Definition of Fuel Injector Pulse Width

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

An explanation of fuel injector pulse width.



What is a Lean-Burn Engine?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Maintaining Your Natural Gas or Propane Vehicle

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Learn how to maintain your natural gas or propane powered vehicle.



AdBlue and Clean Diesels

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



Many Types of Drop-In Fuels

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Making Biodiesel from Algae

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



What Are the Federal Tax Credits for Hybrid...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Find out how much of a federal tax credit you're due if you buy a hybrid in the United States.



What is Propane?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Top Three Reasons for Choosing an Electric...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Top three reasons to choose an electric vehicle for your next car purchase.



Saving Lots of Fuel with Scott: Pulse and Glide...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Hypermiling using Pulse and Glide (P&G) for superior fuel ecomomy.



Books on Solar Energy

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

A selection of books focused on solar energy.



Definition of an Instant Fuel Consumption Display

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



What is Hydrogen?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

What is Hydrogen? Hybrid & Electric Cars.



Kerosene in Diesel Engine Question

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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 Compression Ignition?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

An explanation of compression ignition.



Refreshed Tesla entry-level has more driving...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Tesla quotes a 0-to-60 time of 5.2 seconds for the new Model S 70D



Here Are Five Fun Facts on Hybrid Cars

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Electric Vehicle (EV) Conversion Companies

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



How to Make Your Own Biodiesel

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Biobutanol

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



What is Fuel Atomization?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

The definition of atomization. Hybrid & Electric Cars.



What is a Two Mode Hybrid Car?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Five Questions to Ask Before Natural Gas...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids have an exceptional...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

2016 Sonata Hybrid will have class leading combined fuel economy of 43 mpg



SULEV - Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



What is Spark Ignition?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

The definition of spark ignition.



Five Facts to Know About Compressed Natural Gas

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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 a Throttle Body?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

The definition of a throttle body.



Hybrids: The Real Deal or Marketing Hype

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Are hybrids just more marketing hype--or are they the real deal to saving fuel and emissions?



12 Greenest 2016 Cars

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



What is a ULEV - Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

The definition of ULEV, an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.



i-Road Is A Cross Between A Car And A Motorcycle

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Toyota Says It’s Not Possible For The i-Road To Flip Over



What is a Diesel Particulate Filter Delete Kit...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



These Companies and Associations Develop Algae...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Why Should I Care About Using Alternative Fuels...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



10 Reasons to Switch to Alternative Fuels

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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 a Full Hybrid?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

The definition of a full hybrid.



Collecting Used Vegetable Oil for Homemade...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



Costs Can Hinder Algae Development

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Run a Diesel on Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) FAQ

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Frequently Asked Questions about running a car on WVO



Definition of Fuel Injectors

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

The definition of fuel injectors.



What is PSI?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

The definition of PSI. Hybrid & Electric Cars.



What is Natural Gas?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Hybrid Vehicle FAQs

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



A hybrid crossover SUV, bring it on!

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Kia aims for over 50 mpg fuel economy



How Safe is Natural Gas?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Do the physical properties of natural gas and the design characteristics of natural gas make it a safe motor fuel?



Gasoline and Petroleum

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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



Would You Commute In Nissan’s New...

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

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.



Five Things to Know About Propane

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Here are five facts to know about this popular fleet vehicle fuel.



Flex-fuel (E85) Vehicle Basics

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Learn the basics about what a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) is and how it works.



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

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Part 1 of a series on running a car on WVO



Apple Electric iCar: Yes Or No?

2016-12-10T11:06:48Z

Apple has internally designated the electric car a “committed project.” Go-ahead came after more than a year of investigating the feasibility.