Chapter 18 - Videos

Alternative Fuels and Designs

Energy is used to propel vehicles. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be converted from one form to another. In a traditional internal combustion vehicle, gasoline or diesel is used as chemical energy in the combustion process. Some alternative fuels are derived from petroleum (e.g., propane and natural gas), others are non-petroleum based using renewable energy. The most popular alternative designs and fuels are hybrid, electric, plug-in hybrid, and flex-fuel vehicles. The fundamentals of achieving high efficiency in all vehicles include start-stop technology, low-rolling-resistance tires, underbody aerodynamics, and automated grill shutters. Hybrid and electric vehicles may also use regenerative braking, high capacity/low weight batteries, electric-only drive, and plug-in capability. The technological considerations of ideal alternative propulsion systems are whether they are environmentally safe, sustainable, practical, renewable, and affordable.

Bosch Electrification Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)
(Bosch Mobility Solutions)

Bosch flex fuel systems
(Bosch Mobility Solutions)

Energy 101: Electric Vehicles

Energy 101: Fuel Cell Technology

Going for a ride in a Tesla Model S on Autopilot

How Plug-In Vehicles Work

How a Tesla Model 3 Gets Made​

Car Tech 101 Hybrid Systems

How Tesla’s Self-Driving Autopilot Actually Works

The Outlook for Energy

Bosch Power Electronics
(Bosch Mobility Solutions)

Bosch Bifuel
(Bosch Mobility Solutions)

Bosch CNG Technical Animation
(Bosch Mobility Solutions)

Bosch Cameras for Automated Driving
(Bosch Mobility Solutions)


Making Biodiesel
(Biodiesel Education)

Biodiesel Performance
(Renewable Energy Group)

How to Identify a Flex Fuel Vehicle
(Delphi Technologies)

Natural Gas Vehicles

Propane Vehicle Conversion
(Roush Performance)


CNG for Fleet Vehicles
(Madison Gas and Electric)


Refueling a Propane Vehicle
(Roush Performance)


Propane Vehicles
(Roush Performance)



Propane Use
(Autogas for America)


Propane – Clean Energy
(Propane – Clean American Energy)


Propane – Safety
(Propane – Clean American Energy)

Bosch Fuel Cell Electric Drive
(Bosch Mobility Solutions)


Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Technology
(Toyota USA)

Understanding the Plug In Hybrid System
(Toyota USA)

Renewable Energy
(Student Energy)


Start-Stop Technology

Mild Hybrid

Mild Hybrid
(Ford UK)

Regenerative Braking
(Bosch Mobility Solutions)


How Does an EV Work
(Kia UK)


Solar Powered Vehicle
(Illini Solar Car Team)

Compressed Air Vehicle

PAL-V Flying Car

The Terrafugia TF-X
(Terrafugia Inc.)

AeroMobil 3.0

Autonomous Vehicles



Self Driving Car

Renewable Energy
(Student Energy)


Sustainable Energy
(United Nations Development Programme)


Solar Car
(UC Berkley)


Biofuels Technology

These videos are embedded from YouTube and have been organized to support content learned in the Auto Upkeep curriculum. Even though the videos have been screened, due to the nature of the Internet students may navigate from the intended video to unanticipated content. It is also possible that the video maker may edit the video that is embedded. If this site is used in an educational institution it is recommended that the instructor review the videos before sending students to them.

If you would like to view additional videos from the video maker, the video’s YouTube Channel link is in parentheses ( ) after the title. and do not endorse any YouTube Channel listed. The videos were embedded to help you understand basic car care, maintenance, repair, and how cars work.

If you find additional YouTube videos that you believe would support the content in the Auto Upkeep curriculum, please email us the YouTube link.