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Hybrid Cars

Hybrid cars are powered by combined fuel technologies. Learn how the Tesla Roadster or the Ford Escape hybrid technologies work and see what tax credits hybrid owners receive.

Are hybrid car maintenance costs higher?

Does it cost more to maintain a hybrid car than a conventional gasoline-fueled car? Not really, but you could run into big trouble if your hybrid breaks down without a warranty.

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. See more »

Top 10 Electric Car Frequently Asked Questions

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. See more »

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. See more »

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. See more »

How the Veritas RS III Hybrid Will Work

The Veritas RS III Hybrid could be the fastest plug-in hybrid on the planet. Read about the Veritas RS III Hybrid at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Horsepower Debate: Hybrids vs. Standard Cars

The horsepower debate between hybrid cars and standard cars is a curious one. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn about hybrid and standard car horsepower. See more »

How Grants for Hybrid Cars Work

Grants for hybrid cars have made the production of them more attractive. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn about grants for hybrid cars. See more »

How can lithium-ion batteries improve hybrids?

How can lithium-ion batteries improve hybrids? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn how lithium-ion batteries can improve hybrids. See more »

What is the economic impact of hybrid cars?

What is the economic impact of hybrid cars? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn the economic impact of hybrid cars. See more »

How Advanced Hybrid Systems Work

Advanced hybrid systems may revolutionize hybrid technology. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about advanced hybrid systems. See more »