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Just like a gasoline-powered internal combustion engine, an electric car's motor generates power that drives the wheels to put things in motion. Learn more about how horsepower figures into electric cars.

Coming soon to a garage near you: Electric vehicles! Big-name auto makers like Nissan, Ford, and Mitsubishi are scheduled for major EV releases in the next year or so, while small car makers are busy building small electric vehicles for short trips around the neighborhood. Learn more about how long it takes to charge an electric car.

Electric cars that run only on power stored in their batteries -- no gasoline required -- are going to hit the mass market in the United States over the next few years, thanks to the likes of Ford, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mini and a slew of others with plans on the drawing board. Learn more about charging your electric car.

The electric car is sure to figure prominently in any conversation about green vehicles. Learn more about the top 10 electric car frequently asked questions.

In the beginning, your main problem in keeping your electric car well-maintained is going to be finding a mechanic who knows how to do it. Learn more about more maintenance with electric cars.

While you may never see the Ford Evos on the road, the next generation of Ford products will display many of the distinctive design ideas and advanced technologies it showcases.

Owning a flying car is everyone's dream, right? Well, maybe not after reading this article that offers up five pretty good reasons you might not want one.

A potentiometer is one of the parts an electric car needs to transfer power to the motor. Learn what a potentiometer in an electric car is in this article.

Compared to the first models, today's Humvees have bigger engines, better towing and payload capacities, and better reliability. Now the Pentagon wants them to fly, too.

It may be hard to get your hands on a plug-in hybrid right now, but the wait will soon be over. Several manufacturers are promising plug-in releases over the next few years.

If plans for a smart grid pan out, and plug-in hybrids catch on, the grid and the cars could work in tandem to ease the ebb and flow of power in the grid by alternately storing power and supplying power as needed.

Electric car owners often wonder if their vehicle's battery will die before reaching its destination. Theproblem is known as range anxiety, and car manufacturers are trying to alleviate its effects.

Electric vehicles have a few drawbacks, but the biggest appears that they're still a tough sell. If that's the case, are they really capable of saving the environment?

Charging a plug-in hybrid is a little more complex than plugging in your cell phone at the end of a long day. But do you really need to change your home's wiring to charge a plug-in hybrid?

Living in an apartment can be a significant roadblock to owning a plug-in hybrid because most manufacturers recommend you don't use extension cords. So what's an apartment dweller to do?

Homeowners like to upgrade their older homes with eco-friendly materials and energy-saving appliances. But what if the eco-upgrade is a plug-in hybrid car? Can an old house handle the charging process?

Solar cells can be used to provide electrical power for just about anything under the sun. But does that include plug-in hybrid vehicles?

While hybrids have come to establish themselves in the auto market, there's an even newer and more high-tech form of green car on the horizon: The plug-in hybrid. But how does plug-in hybrid gas mileage compare to that of other cars?

The term "crossover" came into the lexicon less than a decade ago, when car buyers didn't really know what they were -- but they bought them anyway. Here are a few reasons you might want to buy one.

There's nothing wrong with minivans; however, if you don't want to put up with all the baggage that comes with driving a minivan, a crossover is a good way to get the practicality you need and the style you want.

In the mid-1990s the term "crossover vehicle" hadn't been invented yet, but the car-based utility vehicle had. Buyers wanted off-road ruggedness, but didn't necessarily want to sacrifice the comfort of a passenger car.

It may seem as if crossover vehicles have just recently burst onto the scene; however, the first crossover vehicle in the United States was here in the mid-1990s.

While crossovers have become sales leaders fairly recently, the vehicles themselves aren't an entirely novel idea. Actually, several early two-wheel and four-wheel-drive wagons and SUVs fit into that category.

Crossovers aren't as uniquely modern as the auto companies would like us to believe. In fact, they're just an example of how trends in the car world tend to come and go -- and come back again.

Take a look at some of the newest crossover concepts that have gone beyond the drawing board and into the spotlight on the auto show circuit. Will we ever see production versions?