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It's actually quite rare, but occasionally a concept car does make it to production. In fact, here are 10 examples that prove automotive designers' dreams can and do come true.

By Akweli Parker

From rough sketches to detailed blueprints and clay modeling, a lot of effort goes into producing a concept car. So exactly how much does it cost to build one?

By Christopher Lampton

While concept cars generate lots of news and buzz, the truth is that they rarely become production vehicles. In fact, concept cars rarely get beyond the auto show circuit. But why?

By Christopher Lampton

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For about as long as cars have been around, the thing to say when a powerful car rolls by has been: "How much horsepower are you running?" Learn more about AC Motors.

By Patrick E. George

So you've done everything you can think of: You've checked your tire pressure, carpooled, telecommuted -- maybe you even bought a hybrid. Learn more about how electric cars run cheaper.

By Jamie Page Deaton

Cars are dangerous machines. They kill more than 30,000 people per year in the United States alone. Learn more about electric cars safety issues.

By Christopher Lampton

Happily, the answer is yes -- the batteries that power electric cars (and hybrids, for that matter) can be recycled. Learn more about recycling electric car batteries.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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It's tough to get a new business off the ground. Learn more about the challenges facing the electric car industry.

By Jamie Page Deaton

Most people know by now what an electric car is. It's a car that runs on a battery-powered electric motor. Learn more about the difference between electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell cars.

By Christopher Lampton

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.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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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.

By Christopher Lampton

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.

By Patrick E. George

I'd really like to take credit for the information below, but the truth of the matter is it comes from my friends at Plug In America. Learn more about the 12 myths about electric vehicles.

By Dave Chameides, Planet Green

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.

By Team Planet Green

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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.

By Christopher Neiger

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.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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.

By Jamie Page Deaton

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.

By Christopher Neiger

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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.

By Eric Baxter

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?

By Cherise Threewitt

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?

By Jamie Page Deaton

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?

By Jamie Page Deaton

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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?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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

By Kristen Hall-Geisler