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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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.

How the Toyota CS&S Works

Introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2003, the Toyota CS&S concept car is a mix of real-world technology and futuristic gadgetry. Find out what makes the CS&S an out of the ordinary concept car.

How the Venturi Astrolab Works

The Astrolab is Venturi's latest energy-autonomous automobile. This sporty lightweight literally gets a charge out of the sun, thanks to the photovoltaic cells covering its surface.

How the Toyota A-BAT Hybrid Truck Works

When you think of a hybrid vehicle, chances are, it's not a pickup truck. You're not alone. But that just may change with the introduction of the A-BAT, a compact hybrid pickup truck from Toyota.

How the Ford Fusion Hybrid Works

The 2010 Ford Fusion may have the outward appearance of a typical Ford sedan; however, underneath its shiny skin is a high-tech, fuel-sipping, gas electric hybrid drivetrain that's sure to impress.

How the Honda Civic Hybrid Works

The Honda Civic and hybrid technology seem to be two automotive concepts that were made for each other -- an ideal pairing. But what makes the Honda Civic hybrid so different from the standard Civic?

How the Toyota Prius Works

The 2010 Toyota Prius is the third generation of the model that has practically become synonymous with the term hybrid car. But what makes this design so popular among hybrid car buyers?

What is the difference between the Prius and the Prius Touring?

The Toyota Prius and Prius Touring models share many similarities as well as differences. Most of the commonalities lie in the drivetrain, but the Touring's perks set it apart from the Prius.

10 Top Selling Hybrid Cars

You've probably noticed more and more hybrids on the road in recent years. Most major car makers now offer hybrid models -- but which ones do consumers prefer?

Will buying a hybrid really pay off?

Many eco-friendly drivers wonder if a hybrid is too expensive to buy. Yes, they cost more than conventional cars, but they can be affordable with a few incentives.

Are hybrid cars slower than regular cars?

If your goal is to save money at the fuel pump and to do your part in reducing tailpipe emissions, a hybrid car is an excellent choice. However, are you sacrificing speed for fuel efficiency?

Can hybrid engines create more power?

Most people associate hybrid engines with green driving, but how can drivers add more power to their vehicles? It's easier than it sounds, but trade-offs abound.

How can hybrid cars utilize solar power?

Some automakers are beginning to offer solar panels on their hybrid cars. One manufacturer even includes a solar panel on a non-hybrid car. So, how much added power can a solar panel really provide?

How Electric Car Conversion Kits Work

Some car owners use an electric car conversion kit to make their vehicle all-electric. Others use the kits to add driving range to an already efficient hybrid car. But do these kits really work?

What is the history of electric cars?

The idea of a fully electric car may seem like a new thought -- but it's definitely not. In fact, the first practical electric cars were around long before gasoline-powered cars. So, what happened?

How Hydrogen Cars Work

Hydrogen is the most abundant element on Earth. We've known how to harness its power since the early 1800s. So, why do some experts say hydrogen-powered cars are still decades away from mass production?

Can owning a hybrid car get me an HOV decal?

Most people know that the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane is for buses, carpool vans, motorcycles, emergency vehicles and cars and trucks with more than one occupant. But what if you drive a hybrid?

Do hybrid cars cause pollution?

There's a movement to get everyone onboard with the idea of alternative fuel vehicles. Hybrid cars are the popular choice right now. But if hybrid cars burn gasoline, aren't they still causing pollution?

What is the history of hybrid cars?

By now, it's probably safe to say that most people understand the fundamentals of hybrid car technology. But do you know how far back in history you have to go to discover the first hybrid car?

What is my vehicle's air pollution score?

Air pollution and fuel efficiency used to be the last things car buyers considered before making a purchase. Times have changed, and green drivers need to know their vehicle's air pollution score.

What is the emission certification standard?

The goal of the emissions certification standard is to help your car run smoothly and fight global warming at the same time? All you have to do is head to your mechanic for an emissions test.

What is my vehicle's greenhouse gas score?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency can help you choose a car that's environmentally responsible. Do you know your vehicle's greenhouse gas score?

How SmartWay Vehicles Work

You're in luck if you're in the market for a fuel-efficient car, truck or SUV -- there are quite a few options available. But what if you want a vehicle that's a certified environmental performer?

How the Hybrid Tax Credit Works

If you buy a new hybrid car between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2010, you may be eligible for a pretty significant tax credit. But how do you know if you're eligible? And how do you redeem it?