Hybrid Technology

As hybrid technology evolves, hybrid car owners will reap the benefits of lower emissions and fuel consumption. Check out this section to learn about all the amazing breakthroughs in the field of hybrid technology.


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California Proposing Ban on Gas and Diesel Cars

California can — and probably will — change the kinds of cars on the road in the United States. But it's going to take a while.

How the Toyota Hybrid X Works

When it debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in 2007, many people thought Toyota's Hybrid X concept car would be the next-generation Prius. We know better now, but what does the future hold for Hybrid X?

Why would someone want to steal the hybrid badge from my car?

Theft is senseless, right? Well, if that's the case, then why would someone want to steal the hybrid badge from your car? The answer (or should we say, answers?) may surprise you.

Top 10 Alternative Fuels on the Road Right Now

When it comes to alternative fuels for cars and trucks, you may think you already know all the options. But do you think you can you list 10 alternative fuels already in use? We can.

Do hybrid cars get power through kinetics?

Hybrid cars are fuel-efficient -- there's no doubt about that. However, is it true that hybrid car manufacturers have found a way to make use of kinetic energy that's normally wasted?

Can I power my car with AA batteries?

With very few exceptions, cars have always required batteries. Hybrid and electric cars use high-powered (and often expensive) battery packs, but could you power your car with ordinary AA batteries?

How much does it cost to replace a hybrid battery?

Replacing the battery pack on your hybrid can easily set you back $2,500 or more. However, the prices for these components are changing as quickly as the hybrid car industry itself.

Who designed and built the first hybrid car?

The strangest thing about the invention of the first hybrid car isn't who built it (a German engineer named Porsche), but when he built it -- at the turn of the 20th century.

Can I buy an electric car at Sam's Club?

If you're a member of Sam's Club, then you already know the great deals a membership can provide for you and your family or business. But can you really buy an electric car through Sam's Club, too?

How Idle-stop Systems Work

Did you know your car is operating at its lowest possible fuel efficiency when you're in stop-and-go traffic or if you're at a standstill and the engine continues to run at idle speed?

How the Honda CR-Z Works

Honda's taking a new approach to hybrid car design with its latest concept -- the CR-Z. But what makes the CR-Z so different from every other hybrid car currently on the road?

Windows down or A/C on -- which is more fuel-efficient?

Most of us have been told that driving with the air conditioner switched on uses a lot more fuel than simply rolling the windows down to cool off. But is that always true?

How the Fisker Karma Works

There's little doubt that the 2010 Fisker Karma, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, has the looks to compete with any luxury sedan currently on the market. But how does the Fisker Karma perform?

Do hybrid cars perform well in cold weather?

Hybrid cars are engineered to operate at peak efficiency in specific environments. But what happens when the environment is dramatically changed? Can a hybrid car perform just as well in cold weather?

How the Toyota FT-HS Works

Hybrid cars aren't generally thought of as sports cars -- not right now, anyway. But if the Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept ever makes it into production, you may have a very different opinion.

What are the most difficult standards to meet for an alternative fuel car?

For conventional gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles, fuel economy numbers may be the toughest standards to meet in the coming years. But what issues will alternative fuel vehicles need to overcome?

What is the world's cheapest alternative fuel car?

The race is on to build the world's cheapest alternative fuel car as fossil fuel supplies continue to plummet and the planet's population continues to soar. This race has already seen several lead changes.

How the Porsche Panamera Hybrid Works

From the start, Porsche has produced a lineup of cars that are exciting to drive. The latest Porsche -- the Porsche Panamera -- is no exception. But do you know what makes the Porsche Panamera unique?

Why would I want to recondition my hybrid battery pack?

Replacing a battery in a typical car isn't a big deal, and relatively speaking, it isn't expensive either. Hybrid car battery packs, however, can cost thousands to replace. Is reconditioning cheaper?

What's a mild hybrid system?

If you've been doing your homework on hybrid cars, then you may have come across the term "mild hybrid" at some point in your studies. But how does a mild hybrid differ from any other hybrid car?

How Instant MPG Readout Works

Most hybrid cars have instant miles per gallon readout as standard equipment. This feature gives immediate mpg information to the driver. But can this simple device actually save money at the pump?

How Exhaust Heat Recovery and Recirculation Works

In this increasingly green world, automakers are looking for ways to increase product efficiency. Their focus might surprise you: The exhaust pipe.

5 Ways Hybrid Battery Packs are Being Improved

Some potential hybrid car buyers never actually buy a hybrid because they feel the batteries are too costly to replace or have a somewhat short life. So, what's being done to improve the technology?

How Hybrid System Indicators Work

If you don't drive a hybrid car, you may not know the purpose of a hybrid system indicator. Not only do they monitor the car's vital operating systems, but they help drivers become more efficient, too.

How much voltage does a hybrid car produce?

Hybrid vehicles are eco-friendly because they use less gasoline and produce fewer emissions. However, their reliance on electrical power raises some safety concerns for drivers.