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

The All-Electric 2017 Bolt EV

Car Tech 101 Hybrid Systems

How Tesla’s Self-Driving Autopilot Actually Works

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.