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.

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How Hydraulic Hybrids Work

Flying down the highway, a hydraulic hybrid isn't much different from a regular car. But in traffic, the vehicles can increase fuel economy 40 to 70 percent. How do they do it?

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  • Car Smarts: The Aptera Hybrid
    Car Smarts: The Aptera Hybrid

    The Aptera Hybrid prototype looks a little strange, but this three-wheeled vehicle promises astounding fuel efficiency. Do you know how it works? Take the Aptera Hybrid Quiz and find out. See more »

  • Do all hybrid cars qualify for tax credits?
    Do all hybrid cars qualify for tax credits?

    Once upon a time, an eco-friendly car buyer could go green and save money on taxes at the same time. You could still do that -- to an extent -- but the rules have changed. See more »

  • Electric Vehicles Quiz
    Electric Vehicles Quiz

    Vrrrrrmmmmm! Vrrrrmmmmm! Electric vehicles have seemed like the wave of the future for decades now...so why aren't we all driving them? Test your knowledge of plug-in cars with this quiz. See more »

  • How Advanced Hybrid Systems Work
    How Advanced Hybrid Systems Work

    Advanced hybrid systems build on current traditional hybrid technology by improving battery power, fuel efficiency, on-demand vehicle output and driver conveniences, too. But how do they do it? See more »

  • How can lithium-ion batteries improve hybrids?
    How can lithium-ion batteries improve hybrids?

    The hybrid cars that we're familiar with use nickel metal hydride battery packs. But the next generation of hybrids, like the Chevy Volt and Fisker Karma, will use Li-ion battery cells. What's the difference? See more »

  • How Diesel-fueled Hybrids Work
    How Diesel-fueled Hybrids Work

    Most people know gasoline-powered hybrid cars provide fantastic fuel economy. When you consider that the newest diesel engines are cleaner, more powerful and reliable, wouldn't it be great if an automaker built a diesel hybrid? See more »

  • How do hybrid car designs aid in fuel efficiency?
    How do hybrid car designs aid in fuel efficiency?

    You probably know that a hybrid car uses both a gasoline engine and an electric motor. But greater complexity often translates into less efficiency. So how does this combination of power sources actually cut fuel use? See more »

  • How Electric Car Charging Networks Work
    How Electric Car Charging Networks Work

    Electric car charging networks are operational in several parts of the world. However, they're mainly for demonstration only, at this point. When might a charging network be available in your neighborhood? See more »

  • How Electric Car Labs Work
    How Electric Car Labs Work

    The furor over the effects of climate change has placed a spotlight on eco-friendly automotive technology. Automakers depend on electric car labs to bring that technology to the masses. See more »

  • How Electric Cars Work
    How Electric Cars Work

    Electric vehicles, especially EVs powered by fuel cells, are a compelling alternative to gasoline-powered cars. Find out how today's electric cars work to get you where you're going without gasoline. See more »

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