Hybrid Car Information

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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5 Tired Excuses for Waiting to Buy a Hybrid Car

There are a whole lot of misconceptions out there about hybrid cars and maybe some of them are keeping you from seriously considering one. Here are five common -- and, we must admit -- tired excuses for waiting to buy a hybrid.

What are the different types of hybrid cars?

Though all hybrid vehicles reduce gas consumption and get great mileage, they don’t all have the same types of engine. Let's take a look at some of the different technologies that make hybrids run.

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.

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?

5 Hybrid Car Buying Tips

Hybrid cars have arrived, with more models hitting the market each year. But not all hybrids are the same, and knowing which one best fits your needs will help you make an educated purchase.

Are hybrid cars more expensive to insure?

You may save money on gas by driving a hybrid, but buying one isn't cheap. Is the insurance for these vehicles also pricey?

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?

How the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid Works

The BMW X6 ActiveHybrid concept is a vehicle that blurs the lines between SUV, hatchback and sports car. But how does the X6 ActiveHybrid achieve fuel economy and improved performance, too?

5 Reasons Not to Buy a Hybrid

If you're looking for a new car or truck, there's a chance you're considering a hybrid. Before you sign any paperwork, take a look at why you may not want to.

5 Reasons to Buy a Hybrid

So, you say you're in the market for a hybrid car? Or maybe you're on the fence about making a hybrid car purchase? Well, we can think of several reasons that you may want to complete the deal.

Honda Insight Image Gallery

Check out the Honda Insight Hybrid Car image gallery create by HowStuffworks.

5 Luxury Hybrids

A lot of motorists are looking for ways to be a little "greener" behind the wheel, and hybrid cars seem to be the answer for many. But why not do it with a little style, right?

Future Hybrid Car Pictures

Future hybrid car pictures show you what's coming to the showroom, and what's still a pipe dream. Take a look at hybrid cars of the future.

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.

How the GM Sunraycer Worked

The Sunraycer was designed to compete in demanding cross-continent races where the only fuel allowed is provided by the sun. The design was extremely successful. But did GM capitalize on this success?

How the Venturi Fetish Works

The Venturi Fetish is poised to become one of the few fully electric sports cars on the road today. Why is Venturi limiting production to 25 vehicles?

How the Venturi Eclectic Works

The Venturi Eclectic runs on solar battery power, but its ability to run on electricity and wind power offers a glimpse into the future of eco-friendly vehicles.

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?

Are some hybrids just greenwashed?

With consumers hungering for fuel-efficient hybrids, carmakers are pumping up their models' green reputations -- sometimes to the point of greenwashing. Could the greenest thing about your hybrid be its color?

Is there a way to create an all-electric car you don't have to plug in?

Don't be fooled: Even all-electric cars have a carbon footprint. How do they pollute? And how close are we to developing one that's truly a friend to the environment?

Electric Car Pictures

From current popular models to concept cars, our electric car image gallery features an assortment of zero-emission electric cars. Check out some of the coolest-looking, eco-friendly electric cars here.

Hybrid Car Pictures

Hybrid cars have evolved from a new eco-friendly technology to near mainstream status. Take a look at a wide variety of hybrid cars and see what makes them so special. Check out hybrid car image gallery.

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?

How the Aptera Hybrid Works

What if you could drive across the entire United States on just one tank of gas? The Aptera prototype aims for an astounding 330 miles per gallon (117 kilometers per liter).

Understanding 2006 Hybrid Car Tax Credits

Think your hybrid car only helps you save money at the pump? Your vehicle can also give you another break a tax break. Here's what you need to know about the IRS' new-for-2006 "Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit."