Fuel Consumption

Fuel consumption is a major issue in today's world. Because oil reserves are running low, we will need to cut our fuel consumption or else the cost of gasoline will only go up. Check out these great fuel consumption articles from HowStuffWorks.

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What is the problem with MTBE in gasoline?

If you have ever pumped gas that claimed to "oxygenated" -- something that is common in most urban areas in the winter -- then you have used gasoline containing MTBE.


Why is summer fuel more expensive than winter fuel?

It sounds like a song parody about the exorbitant price of gas in the summer. But did you know that more than 20 different "boutique fuel blends" are sold from June to September?

Can I make my own ethanol?

Ethanol production is deeply embedded in American history. But who could have known that those old moonshine stills just might be the answer to the current fuel crisis?

Can I convert my car to run on water?

How much money could you save if you skipped the pump and filled up your car with a garden hose? Some researchers claim that water will be the fuel of the future.

What if I put sugar in someone's gas tank?

Putting sugar in someone's gas tank has long been rumored to ruin someone's car. But does it really work? What could really disable a car?

How Gas Prices Work

Gas is the bloodline that keeps America moving, and tracking prices can feel like a roller coaster ride. They're down one month, up the next, before climbing more than 50 percent in a year.

How Fuel Processors Work

Hydrogen gas is hard to store, so fuel processors are crucial to most commercial fuel cells. Learn how fuel processors supply the hydrogen and how efficient they really are.

Why doesn't gasoline burn cleanly?

I have read the question about crude oil and the different types of fuel. I was wondering: if gasoline is an aliphatic hydrocarbon why doesn't it burn cleanly forming just CO2 and H2O?

Could a car run on compressed air?

The short answer is: yes. You could compress the air at your house using an air compressor fill a compressed-air tank in the car and the car could run off of it. But it's not quite that easy. Find out why.

What does the weight mean on a can of motor oil?

Planning to change your own oil? You're probably wondering what the numbers on the can of motor oil mean. Find out what they mean and what oil is best for your car.

Ever wonder what kind of fuel race cars run on? Find out what kind of gasoline race cars from different motorsports run on.