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Alternative Fuel Vehicles
The History of the Hybrid Car
Demand for a car that would be economical to run and one that would not pollute the atmosphere has resulted in the development of the Hybrid car. Vast strides made in the recent past in gasoline engine technology, has made the Hybrid car a popular reality.

Nov 9, 2007 - 8:42:00 PM

Mazda RX-8 REs
Hydrogen-powered cars represent the leading edge of alternative fuel technology. The concept of a zero-emissions vehicle is something that environmental policies of many nations have set as a goal. Liquid hydrogen fuel represents one of the great hopes in the fulfillment of this policy.

Nov 8, 2007 - 10:40:00 PM

Go Electric with the Elettrica
It’s a comfortable 2-seater and it can take you round town at 40 mph and it can travel a distance of 65 miles on a full five-hour charge. It also has enough space in the boot to accommodate a lot of shopping or luggage and is comfortable inside thanks to

Nov 7, 2007 - 1:18:00 AM

The Zero Pollution Subaru R1e Electric MicroCar
The Subaru R1e is a battery-operated electric microcar is expected to go global in 2010. It is a four-seater but has only two doors and is a result of Subaru and the Japanese giant Tokyo Electric Power coming together.

Nov 4, 2007 - 3:00:00 PM

The Toyota Hybrid X
From Japan’s leading car maker comes a hybrid that breaks the mould of conventional hybrids with a car that could just be a conventional comfortable regular four-door, four-seater – with a lot of great looks added.

Nov 1, 2007 - 11:30:00 PM

The Ooh La La Microcar Zenn
It’s from the company in France that claims to be the leader in microcars and ‘Zenn’ stands for ‘zero emissions no noise’. The car has been developed in collaboration with Canada’s Feel Good Cars and is being launched in the UK.

Oct 28, 2007 - 9:00:00 PM

Municipalities Cracking Down on Idling
In a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Canadian municipalities are passing anti-idling bylaws, in one case citing "0 miles to the gallon" as reason enough to turn off city vehicles.

Oct 25, 2007 - 11:42:00 PM

The Sakuro Maranello4 – The Snug Electric Alternative
There comes yet another choice in electric cars for London roads and that is the Sakura Maranello4. Made by the EFFIDI Automotive Group in Italy, it is marketed in the UK by the Sakura Battery Company Ltd.

Oct 23, 2007 - 11:42:00 PM

The Bugatti Veyron - The Most Expensive Car in the World
European sports cars, you either love them or hate them. As of now, Bugatti has led the pack with its new introduction to the market, the Veyron.

Oct 23, 2007 - 7:06:00 PM

Plug-in To The Future Of "Green" Vehicles The Chevy Volt
For Canadians who typically drive 64 kilometers a day or less, the plug-in Chevrolet Volt would eliminate trips to the gas station and produce zero emissions.

Oct 23, 2007 - 6:34:00 AM

Shift Into a 'Greener' Gear This Year
Whether it's a concern for the environment or the increasing cost of fuel, more and more people are seeing the hybrid vehicle as a viable option. Hybrid cars are appealing because they pair a gasoline engine with one or more electric motors to achieve higher fuel efficiency and extremely low

Oct 18, 2007 - 12:06:00 AM

The Charge Of The Lightning GT Electric Car
It?s got the power. The Lightning GT may be an electric sports car but it can take on many a large engine car in its range and overtake it as far as acceleration, speed, performance and looks go. This latest offering from UK?s Lightning Car Company is all set to

Oct 6, 2007 - 12:36:00 AM

Go Green to Save Some Green When Leasing a Car
The Hybrid vehicles’ are continuing to grow rapidly in popularity since their introduction. By the end of the year 2005 it was estimated that there were over 300,000 Hybrid vehicles driving. Since they are so economically friendly tax breaks are being offered to those that purchase and or lease a

Sep 30, 2007 - 10:26:00 PM

Fun With The FM-4 v1.0 HumanCar
What is the FM-4 v1.0 HumanCar? It's a fully manual car capable of seating four passengers. When the road is downhill, it can go up to speeds above 60 mph and it handles very well at that speed.

Sep 29, 2007 - 12:18:00 AM

The Mitsubishi i MiEV SPORT – Now Electric Goes Sporty!
Mitsubishi has just unveiled an electric car and it is going to probably be the most looked-at model in the Tokyo Motor Show this October in Chiba City.

Sep 25, 2007 - 12:54:00 AM

Hybrid Car Facts
Hybrid cars are cars which run on rechargeable batteries and gasoline engines, rather than just a gasoline engine. As the car uses batteries they help in reducing the fuel emissions since the car runs on batteries when you are accelerating. Here are some interesting facts about hybrid cars.

Sep 9, 2007 - 10:04:00 PM

Can Hybrid Cars Also Run On Ethanol or Bio-Diesel?
Environmental advocates would love to see carmakers mass-produce a biofuel-electric hybrid. From a technology standpoint, it’s a no-brainer: Major automakers already turn out vehicles that can run on E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol, derived from corn and other crops, and 15 percent standard gasoline.

Sep 8, 2007 - 12:14:00 PM

The Volt A Plug in Car by Chevrolet
Since there is an increasing demand for alternative fuel vehicles, the auto industry has been investing heavily in them. One such manufacturer is the Detroit-based car manufacturing giant General Motors. In January of 2006 they introduced a propulsion system for the Chevrolet Volt, which supports the company’s E-Flex electric car

Sep 7, 2007 - 12:02:00 AM

Hybrid Cars: How Do They Work
Hybrid cars are the latest additions in the race of the auto industry. A few years ago there were only a few on the roads, but today there are thousands. Hybrids will make it easier for people to be spared the cost of out of control gasoline prices.

Sep 6, 2007 - 11:14:00 PM

Greenbox: Bio-Fuel From Car Fumes
Greenbox is the name given to a new technology being touted as the next innovation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and thus help the environment. The technology has been developed through the research of Derek Palmer, an organic chemist; and engineers, Ian Houston and John Jones from

Aug 28, 2007 - 12:22:00 AM

E-Flex Electric Vehicle System
The E-Flex is a new vehicle propulsion system introduced by GM. The "E" in the E-Flex stands for "electricity" and "Flex" stands for "Flexibility". This term sums up in essence that the vehicle propulsion system will produce electricity, and that its platform is also flexible, a unique feature that will

Aug 22, 2007 - 10:52:00 PM

Hybrid Taxi Cabs
Dear EarthTalk: I visited New York City recently and could not believe the number of taxicabs on the streets. Are there any efforts to “green up” these vehicles? They must be real gas-guzzlers, considering all the idling and stop-and-go traffic they face. -- Justin Grant, Berkeley, CA

Aug 20, 2007 - 10:32:00 PM

Which is Greener: The Prius or the Hummer?
Dear EarthTalk: I read that hybrid cars are actually less green-friendly than even Hummers, because they have two motors and very environmentally damaging batteries. Is this true?

Aug 11, 2007 - 1:52:00 PM

Get Smart With A Smart Car
Surprising, the name is just so right for this little car. It was originally started by the auto maker Daimler-Chrysler, the people who make the Mercedes Benz and the watchmaker Swatch. So ‘smart’ is actually an acronym that stood for ‘Swatch Mercedes ART’. The joint venture was set up in

Aug 8, 2007 - 10:51:00 PM

Water Pump
Pumps were made to move liquids and the earliest reference to them can be found in the writings of Archimedes way back in the third century. You’ll find that pumps come in various sizes and shapes and they work by means of mechanical energy which either lifts material or pushes

Aug 8, 2007 - 6:56:00 PM

Go Green Without Going Broke
The fuel efficient Chevrolet Impala achieves better than 7L/100km highway fuel consumption and features advanced technology such as Active Fuel Management.

Aug 1, 2007 - 11:16:00 PM

Propane Use For Vehicles
Some researchers have studied propane use for vehicles for many years, and have discovered that this readily available fuel source could help with the present day problems that we have with the environment and the effects that other fuel alternatives have on global warming. Since propane gas burns cleaner than

Jul 31, 2007 - 10:22:00 PM

Gas Prices Fuel Purchases Of Electric Cars
A growing number of Americans have steered clear of rising gasoline prices by turning to electric cars. Fans of electric cars-which run on a battery that is charged by plugging into an outlet at home-say they offer drivers a variety of advantages over their gas-powered counterparts.

Jul 16, 2007 - 9:28:00 PM

NYC Pushing to new limits on Going Green with hybrid taxis
Just this past May, as part of a larger effort to make New York the “greenest major metropolis on the planet,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced an ambitious plan to switch over the city’s 13,000-vehicle taxi cab fleet from gas guzzling traditional cars to (comparatively) fuel-sipping gasoline-electric hybrids.

Jul 16, 2007 - 12:54:00 PM

The Automotive X Prize
The Automotive X Prize is a contest held by the California-based X Prize Foundation, designed to promote the development of commercially-viable vehicles that are both environmentally-sound and highly-efficient for the purpose of moving away from our dependence on fuel and reduce fuel consumption's drastic effect on the environment.

Jun 27, 2007 - 1:14:00 AM

Google Gives Millions for the Development of Plug-In Hybrid Cars
Cars are one of the major contributors to the greenhouse effect. The carbon gases that they emit are the ones which can trap the heat within the earth’s atmosphere, thereby causing the process of global warming to accelerate. But there is a car which can help solve this problem.

Jun 27, 2007 - 1:02:00 AM

Toyota FT-HS The Supra Rides Again
Toyota's concept car, the new FT-HS, will essentially be a hybrid sports car come to life. Many sports car enthusiasts will be excited about this car that Toyota debuted in Detroit, Michigan, earlier in 2007. Their new Toyota FT-HS will be a sports car that is also a hybrid.

Jun 17, 2007 - 6:30:00 PM

Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive System
Going Green is all the rage, especially in automobiles. With Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive System you do not have to sacrifice performance for economy. This award winning engine is ready to serve with style.

Jun 15, 2007 - 9:10:00 PM

Active Fuel Management: The Best of Both Worlds
You want to go green but not ready to give up your V6 or V8 power? Gm’s Active Fuel Management system is the answer for you. With this revolutionary engineering in your car you can have all the power you want but only when you need it.

Jun 15, 2007 - 9:02:00 PM

Ethanol Use For Vehicles
A major car manufacturer considered ethanol use for vehicles for a number of years in many of their vehicles, and in 1996 they felt that fuel prices had raised enough for people to be open to a new fueling option.

Jun 13, 2007 - 11:42:00 PM

More Canadians Choosing to Drive a Hybrid
With more than 950,000 hybrid vehicles sold globally, the technology has truly become mainstream. As hybrids have evolved, Canadian drivers no longer have to choose between their environmental values or luxury, power and style. Today, hybrid cars are a practical and preferred choice for many.

Jun 13, 2007 - 10:56:00 PM

Hybrid Technology in Cars
The bullet shaped Honda Insight was the first electric/gasoline powered hybrid vehicle available in the United States. This two-seater provided the best in fuel economy without compromising performance.

Jun 11, 2007 - 12:51:00 AM

The Multi-Fuel Prototype Car From Volvo
It could be something out of science fiction movie but it really is true. There is a vehicle today that can run on not just one fuel but 5 fuels and all you need to do to change from one to the other is the push of a button.

Jun 4, 2007 - 1:32:00 AM

Debunking Hybrid Myths
Climate change is top of mind, and hybrid cars are becoming an icon for environmental awareness among Canadian consumers. But hybrid technology has evolved quickly, and it's still a mystery for many Canadians.

Jun 3, 2007 - 12:52:00 PM

Green My Ride
Transportation is one of the largest sources of air pollution in Canada. This sector not only contributes to the formation of smog and acid rain but also produces a quarter of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions. To address the issue, the Federal Government has announced measures to reduce the impact

Jun 3, 2007 - 11:52:00 AM

High Performance While Going Green: The Hydrogen 7
BMW scored a first in showcasing the first ever luxury performance sedan with hydrogen drivetrain. Browse this article to find out about soon owning a virtually emission-free flagship saloon that hardly compromises the performance you have come to expect from BMW.

May 30, 2007 - 10:26:00 PM

What Ever Happened to the Purely Electric Cars
What ever happened to the purely electric cars that were around 10 years ago? I’m familiar with the hybrid cars now widely available, but what ever happened to the purely electric cars that were around 10 years ago? --Peter Zilly, Bellingham, WA

May 30, 2007 - 12:06:00 AM

Hybrid Cars: Brisk Sales, More Choices
With no end in sight to turmoil in the Middle East and a flagging U.S. dollar, $3 a gallon gas looks to be a fact of life. The resulting desire for greater fuel efficiency is driving brisk sales for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. Check out the full listing of currently available

May 29, 2007 - 11:52:00 PM

ZAP-X Electric Crossover A Powerful, Stylish SUV
ZAP Automotive looks to leap ahead of all clunky, underpowered pure-electric vehicles currently available or under development if it can rapidly tool up and bring the Zap-X Electric Crossover to market in 2008. For here is a powerful, capacious and ultra-modern electric vehicle for families, for groups of up to

May 24, 2007 - 11:02:00 PM

The 2008 Tesla All-Electric Roadster
Tesla Motor breaks ground with the 2008 Roadster, an all-electric two-door that salves one’s conscience about greenhouse gas emissions (exactly zero) while delivering the acceleration and speed of a Ferrari. Find out how Tesla and Lotus Development managed this feat.

May 24, 2007 - 12:40:00 AM

Honda to Roll Out Hydrogen Hybrid in 2008
Honda’s FCX hydrogen fuel-cell hybrid promises to go commercial in 2008 (no date disclosed). It is a streamlined, well-appointed sedan looking for topnotch fuel economy performance between now and then. This article gives an overview of the affordability and technical issues carmakers feverishly work to resolve, as well as other

May 24, 2007 - 12:22:00 AM

The All Electric 2008 Tesla Roaster
The all Electric Tesla Roadster sold out in a matter of three weeks in 2007 when it was first offered for sale, all one hundred of them that were initally available. Not only is this car gasoline free, it is a joy to behold. It doesn't look like any hybrid

May 16, 2007 - 10:53:00 PM

Fuel-Cell Car "Exhaust"
With all the talk of hydrogen-fueled vehicles, I can't help but wonder if millions of cars driving around spewing out water vapor--a well-known "greenhouse gas" itself--is any better than the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by traditional cars?

May 7, 2007 - 11:29:00 PM

Modernized Process Makes Ethanol a Viable Fuel Alternative
A source of alternative fuel for your car may be sitting at the curb right outside of your home. The concept of converting garbage into a form of usable fuel may seem like an idea too good to be true. But, due to a production technique called gasification, the conversion

Apr 26, 2007 - 6:20:00 PM

Boat Engines -- The Ethanol Menace
Your boat’s greatest enemy may be the fuel inside of it. There are a number of reports in the press about the negative effects of ethanol in marine fuel tanks -- this is a concern for boat owners.

Apr 24, 2007 - 6:41:00 PM

Hydrogen Boosted Gasoline Engines
With gas prices going through the roof, auto manufacturers are going to have to put in some extra effort to work out a solution to help improve the fuel economy and continue to meet the emission requirements that we have today for gasoline engines. Someone came up with a good

Apr 19, 2007 - 11:03:00 PM

Companies Rise to Global Warming Challenge
As the reality of global warming heats up, many companies are committing themselves to eco-friendly and socially responsible practices in order to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Mar 29, 2007 - 10:08:00 PM

Safe Tires, Safe Trips: 10 Tips
Before hitting the roads for your next trip, it's a good idea to take a few minutes to check the condition of your tires. Well-maintained tires keep your car safer and help it last longer. They can save you money, too. Properly inflated tires help increase gas mileage.

Mar 28, 2007 - 11:06:00 PM

Modernized Process Makes Ethanol a Viable Fuel Alternative
A source of alternative fuel for your car may be sitting at the curb right outside of your home. The concept of converting garbage into a form of usable fuel may seem like an idea too good to be true. But, due to a production technique called gasification, the conversion

Mar 27, 2007 - 6:46:00 PM

Hard Economic Times, Expensive Gas & Oil Prices -- No Problem Scooters Offer A New Inexpensive, Ecologically Friendly Way to Travel
People of all ages are zipping around towns and cities on scooters these days. Back in the early 1960's, scooters were considered merely a toy for boys to get around their immediate neighborhoods before they had a license. Yet today, scooters have transcended the sexual divide and are now being

Mar 19, 2007 - 11:36:00 PM

Ethanol Fights Smog: CRFA Consumers Urged To Use Greener Fuels As Smog Season Approaches
As the first smog alert warnings of the season approach, Canadians are being urged to use ethanol-blended fuel to alleviate the urban smog problems plaguing many parts of the country.

Mar 19, 2007 - 11:33:00 PM

Don't Become A Victim of Staged Auto Accidents Staged accidents and phony claims could cost motorists as much as $300 in additional premiums each year.
In light of the growing number of auto insurance fraud-related arrests around the country, here's a crash course on how to spot staged accidents and other fraudulent activities related to phony auto claims.

Mar 13, 2007 - 9:50:00 PM

Your Car: Prepared For Rough Weather? IndyCar Driver Danica Patrick Provides Tips To Winterize Your Automobile
A recent Car Care Council survey found 70 percent of people admitted to not winterizing their vehicles. In fact, AAA estimates vehicle breakdowns top 5 million during the winter holiday season alone.

Mar 11, 2007 - 8:54:00 PM

What's Down The Road For Motorists? Biofuels!
Biofuels, short for biomass fuel, is a near-term solution for motorists worried about gas prices and dwindling energy supplies. Biomass is any sort of vegetation trees, grasses, plant parts, grain crops and woody crops. From it we can extract a wealth of stored energy.

Mar 9, 2007 - 12:01:00 AM

Ethanol Fuels New Opportunity For American Farmers
As the United States seeks ways to become less depen-dent on foreign oil, American farmers are helping provide part of the solution. They are growing high-fermentable corn hybrids used in the production of ethanol.

Mar 6, 2007 - 10:32:00 PM

Hybrid Cars Helping To Drive Down Insurance Costs
Hybrid vehicles may help to save more than the environment. They may also mean savings for drivers when it comes to auto insurance.

Mar 5, 2007 - 8:20:00 PM

Cleaner Cars are Coming, Reports E – The Environmental Magazine
Interest in cleaner and greener auto technology is exploding, according to a comprehensive article in the March/April 2007 issue of E – The Environmental Magazine (now posted at: From fuel cells to plug-in hybrids, the industry is showing more research and development zeal than at any time since the

Mar 5, 2007 - 7:37:00 PM

Running a Diesel Car on Used Cooking Oil
Dear EarthTalk: I understanding that you can run a diesel car on used cooking oil. Why would I want to do that and how would I convert such a vehicle to do so? -- Benjamin Crouch, Boston, MA

Jan 9, 2007 - 1:30:00 AM

Fact, Fiction, Rumour or Reality? The Scoop on Hybrids
Hybrid vehicles have caused a stir, and speculation abounds about how they work, how much they cost to buy, maintain and insure. Some of it is fact, but some of it is simply rumour.

Jan 3, 2007 - 9:40:00 PM

6 Steps To Making Your Own e85 Ethanol
Yes you can make your own fuel for less than $1.00 a gallon if you know the basics. Amazing results can be achieved at home with a little knowledge and a minimal investment. Imagine paying $1.00 a gallon for fuel instead of $3.10 a gallon or more. It is possible

Jan 3, 2007 - 12:42:00 AM

Specialty Motor Oil Protects Cars From Effects of Ethanol
Since President Bush announced an agenda for weaning the country from dependency on foreign oil, new ethanol plants have been popping up across the nation. Ethanol demand is rising. If you fuel your car in the U.S., you are putting ethanol in your gas tank because regular gasoline now contains

Jan 2, 2007 - 7:54:00 PM

Fuel Efficiency and Hybrids
People everywhere are scrambling around to find a solution that works for them in terms of the high gas prices all over the country. Some have traded in their gas hog SUVs, while others have tried gas additives that their makers claim are the answer to gas price prayers.

Dec 22, 2006 - 12:50:00 AM

Record Gas Prices Spark Interest in Electric Cars
Prices at the pump are driving more car buyers to look into electricity as an alternative fuel source. This summer, oil and gas prices surged to new highs. Oil reached $70 per barrel for the first time in history in August, boosting prices at the gas pump to $3 per

Dec 22, 2006 - 12:40:00 AM

The tzero And The eBox Electric Car Technology
The tzero prototype has been raced against Ferraris, Porsches, and Vets and has equaled or beaten them. Now that is an amazing piece of machinery. In 2003 the tzero got the highest grades in the Michelin Challenge Bibendium.

Dec 19, 2006 - 1:15:00 AM

The Zenn Electric Car
There has always been a certain mystique associated with the automobile. It is in the roar of a mighty engine, growling like a caged tiger at an intersection. It is the feel of the miles peeling away one after another on an extended road trip.

Nov 30, 2006 - 12:23:00 AM

Gas Prices Will Not Deter Holiday Travelers
The small spike in gas prices we have seen in the past two weeks will not deter Thanksgiving holiday travelers this year according to AAA. The American Automobile Association says that 38 million people will be on the roads for the Thanksgiving holiday, up from last years numbers. In the

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:30:00 AM

Diesel Fuel Quality
The designs of diesel engines striving to increase performance have made a lot of advancements in engine fuel delivery to the combustion chamber. The diesel engines of today are much quieter, smoother, and also more powerful. The quality of diesel fuel on the other hand has not advanced at the

Oct 31, 2006 - 12:35:00 AM

Hybrid Car Tax Incentives
Most often when considering the purchase of a new car the last thing that comes to mind is that it can actually be financially beneficial. In the case of buying a new hybrid car it can be a financially sound purchase. Since their beginning hybrid cars have been used as

Oct 30, 2006 - 11:01:00 PM

Diesel Trucks Need Love, Too
The North American light truck market is overwhelmingly powered by gasoline engines, so it's small wonder that most products available to maintain or enhance performance for light trucks are aimed at the gas truck market. But as many diesel engines can go 500,000 kms1 before requiring a major overhaul, diesel

Oct 30, 2006 - 10:25:00 PM

Search For Light-Duty Vehicles Using Fuel: Hybrid Electric
Here are some stats for you about the: Ford Escape Hybrid, The Mercury Mariner Hybrid, The Honda Accord Hybrid, The Honda Civic Hybrid, The Honda Insight Hybrid, The Toyota Highlander Hybrid, The Lexus RX 400h Hybrid and The Toyota Prius Hybrid

Oct 30, 2006 - 1:12:00 AM

Diesel Versus Gas in the Gas Wars
When you consider that the average price for a gallon of gas is over $2, it is no surprise that many people are looking into different fuel options. For some, that means getting rid of their heavy, fuel guzzling cars or considering the possibility of a hybrid or diesel ran

Oct 26, 2006 - 12:55:00 AM

What Are the Advantages Of Diesel Engines
Have you ever owned a diesel engine vehicle, or do you own one now? If you have, then you know the pluses this engine gives you. You get better gas mileage, easy to maintain, more torque then a conventional gasoline vehicle.

Oct 21, 2006 - 12:17:00 AM

Diesel or Gas Fueled Vehicle?
The diesel engine car or truck is a more expensive vehicle than a gasoline engine one. The diesel enging works with very high compression ratios and that causes more cylinder pressure so a diesel engine must be built to stand up to a lot more abuse than a gasoline engine.

Oct 19, 2006 - 12:08:00 AM

Diesel Vehicles Today
Diesel cars and light trucks are getting looked at carefully by people planning to buy a new vehicle in the U.S.. In fact, with the new low sulfur diesel fuel, those numbers are going to get even higher. Interest in diesel has been renewed because in hopes it can improve

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:42:00 AM

Gasoline, Methane, Natural Gas, Hythane, E85, 5 Fuels Used in One Car
The Multi Fuel Prototype Car by Volvo is really quite a feat of engineering and imagination. Best of all, it works. The Multi Fuel Prototype car is so called because it can use any one of five different fuel sources. In today's race for flex fuel vehicles, who could ask

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:04:00 AM

What Are Hybrid Vehicles Anyway?
Hybrid vehicles are a cross between traditional fuel-powered vehicles and electric vehicles. Combining an electric motor, a battery pack, as well as an internal combustion engine, these components work together to deliver power to a hybrids wheels. Common technologies include idle stop which allows the engine to automatically shut off

Oct 1, 2006 - 7:21:00 PM

Choosing the Right Hybrid Car For You
So the decision has been made. You have decided to go with a hybrid car. Now it’s crucial decision-making time. Which hybrid is the way to go? That answer will be different for each individual car buyer. Features like gas mileage, overall cost, and the available number of passenger seats

Sep 10, 2006 - 10:15:00 PM

How Hybrid Cars Work
In recent years the automotive industry has been working hard to produce more efficient, environmentally sound cars. So far the result has been the mass production of hybrid cars. Almost everyone has heard of them, but there seems to be a lot of questions as to how the work and

Sep 5, 2006 - 11:01:00 PM

PEM Fuel Cells - How They Work
There are several kinds of fuel cells, but Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cells-also called Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells-are the type typically used in automobiles. A PEM fuel cell uses hydrogen fuel and oxygen from the air to produce electricity.

Sep 5, 2006 - 11:00:00 PM

Plug In Hybrid Cars
Automobile manufacturers have long been trying to find ways to reduce America’s dependency on foreign oil and improve vehicle designs to be less harmful to the environment. The result of this diligent work has been the creation of the hybrid car.

Sep 3, 2006 - 9:13:00 PM

Comparing Hybrid Cars
Like everything in today’s ever changing market, automobiles are fast becoming more advanced and the choices available are positively mind-boggling. Considering the current state of gas prices and environmental concerns many people looking into purchasing a new car are seriously contemplating the relatively new hybrid models. With body style and

Aug 31, 2006 - 8:10:00 PM

New ATV Takes Fuel Efficiency to New Levels
Alternative fueled vehicles are of growing interest in the automobile industry, but what about the All Terrain Vehicle industry? Arctic Cat, a $736-million public company based in Thief River Falls, Minn., makes snowmobiles and ATV’s worldwide. The manufacturer has just announced and completed development of a twin-cylinder diesel ATV, the

Aug 23, 2006 - 10:31:00 PM

Tesla Roadster ‘Signature One Hundred’ Series Sells Out
The limited-edition “Signature One Hundred” series Tesla Roadster, the first high-performance electric car manufactured by Tesla Motors, has sold out in three weeks, confirming that the sleek, stylish, zero-emissions Tesla Roadster is a hit. Unveiled last month before a throng of well-wishers and automotive enthusiasts in Santa Monica, Calif., the

Aug 16, 2006 - 7:26:00 PM

Whatever happened to electric cars?
The main problem with the electric cars that reared their heads briefly a decade ago was their ability to only go so far on battery power. Charges lasted just 50 miles or so, so you were in trouble if you needed to go farther or ran out of juice somewhere

Aug 2, 2006 - 10:10:00 AM

Virginia Company Puts E85 Ethanol in Your Gas Tank
Ethanol is the word of the day in Saluda, Va. This small and quiet fishing community is home of XcelPlus International Inc., the company that makes the FlexTek, a small black box that makes it possible to burn E85 ethanol in an existing car or truck. Ethanol fuel stations, commonplace

Jul 18, 2006 - 12:04:00 AM

Hybrid Cars: The Benefits
You may know about some of the benefits of owning a hybrid vehicle. However, there may be a few you're not yet familiar with. If you're considering purchasing a hybrid vehicle, this is a good time to do so. Not only are there many options currently available, many more are

Jul 12, 2006 - 12:20:00 AM

Fuel Cells
Fuel Cells are an energy saving technology that generates electrical power. This technology offers a means of making power more efficiently and with less pollution. A fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversion device. In other words, a fuel cell will convert the chemicals hydrogen and oxygen into water, and

Jul 12, 2006 - 12:05:00 AM

Gas Prices Got You Thinking it's Time to Drive Green? The Low-Down on Hybrids
The cost of gas has a lot of Canadians miffed at the pump and reconsidering their next new vehicle. As a result, hybrids are fast becoming a hot ride. By most estimates, their numbers are expected to double this year. Which hybrids are you most likely to start seeing more

Jul 10, 2006 - 10:36:00 PM

E85 An Alternative Fuel
E85 is a term for an alternate fuel source containing 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Ethanol is a high-octane fuel source created through a fermentation process of starches from grains and other plant sources. Ethanol is biodegradable, does not pollute water, and when used as a fuel, does

Jul 6, 2006 - 6:40:00 PM

Hybrid Cars: The Basics
With the cost of fuel soaring to new highs, many consumers are looking for alternatives to reduce driving costs, and the automotive industry is responding. One of the most interesting developments in the automotive world is the hybrid car. While these vehicles still use gasoline, the average number of miles

Jul 5, 2006 - 10:03:00 PM

Electric Car Eliminates Gas Costs
Electric cars have huge potential to change the auto industry, particularly with rising gas prices, but a new design out of California targets the niche of busy urban drivers. The new Zap Xebra all-electric car is a 40-mph, three-wheeled automobile that was designed for people who do a lot of

May 21, 2006 - 11:32:00 PM

Using Biodiesel in Vehicles - What Types of Vehicles Run on Biodiesel?
Biodiesel blends can be used in any light- or heavy-duty diesel engine. However, it is important to check with your manufacturer before using biodiesel. As with any fuel, an engine component failure caused by the fuel may not be covered under warranty.

May 7, 2006 - 9:20:00 PM

New Advances Made in Hydrogen Fuel Cells
The best hope for bringing the hydrogen-fueled automobile to the American roadway may be a technology that is invisible to the naked eye. The technology is in the form of tiny graphite structures that together act as a sponge to absorb and store hydrogen in the fuel system of the

Apr 11, 2006 - 6:01:00 PM

Diesel Engine Principles For Beginners
Diesel engine principles are pretty straight forward for the experienced mechanic but what about regular everyday people who have never taken the time to find out more about a diesel engine and how it works? I am going to explain in layman's terms the basic principles of a diesel engine.

Mar 26, 2006 - 10:55:00 PM

What Types of Vehicles Use Electricity?
Electric Vehicles (EVs) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be light-duty delivery vehicles or heavy-duty trams and buses. Because the range of an EV (approximately 80 miles) is limited by weight, design, and the type of battery used, EVs are particularly well suited to short-distance, high-use

Mar 26, 2006 - 9:55:00 PM

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