Videos

  • 2006 BMW Hydrogen 7

    Although hydrogen—and hydrogen fuel cells—could still play an important role in future transportation, even many hydrogen advocates will admit that hydrogen internal combustion probably won't. It certainly wasn’t always this way. About 15 years ago there was great hope in the idea of hydrogen internal combustion—essentially running engines not much different than gasoline ones on stores of the periodic table’s first element. BMW offered a version of the 2005-2007 BMW 7-Series, called the Hydrogen 7, with a 6.0-liter V-12 that could run on gasoline or hydrogen. It...

  • George Parrott's 2018 Tesla Model 3 with orange wrap [CREDIT: George Parrott]
    Tesla Model 3 vs Model S: Tighter dragstrip times, sharper traction system

    Tesla claims some astonishingly quick acceleration times, and for some of us, testing and verifying those times are part of the fun. To do that, the drag strip is the only safe and fully reliable source for accurate numbers. In February of 2015, I migrated to a Model S Performance, after owning a...

  • 2019 Honda Insight
    2019 Honda Insight video review

    You could be forgiven for not remembering the two Honda vehicles that have worn an Insight badge before. The first was a quirky hatchback two-seater that struggled for acceptance with mainstream buyers. The second was a Prius-like Prius fighter, egg shape and all. This 2019 Honda Insight is the...

  • How a Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition engine works
    Engineers find new ways to improve efficiency of gas engines: Engineering Explained

    As fast as electric cars are improving and expanding, there are some things that gas engines do better—many experts agree that gasoline engines will be around for several decades. Developing electric cars and refining gas engines aren't mutually exclusive. Vehicle electrification will...

  • Prof. John Kelly on battery life in Nissan leaf, Chevy Bolt EV [video: Weber State University, Utah]
    Battery life of 2018 Nissan Leaf vs 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric cars: what manuals suggest

    It's one of the major questions for any electric-car buyer: How long will the battery pack last? And what would it cost to replace it if I do need a new one sometime down the road? Now a new video looks at that question, comparing the different thermal-management technologies in the batteries of...

  • Drag race between 2019 Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X 75D electric cars  [video: Jaguar]
    Jaguar I-Pace beats Tesla Model X in electric car drag-race video

    The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace SUV that debuted Thursday beat all the German luxury makes to the punch in launching a viable competitor to the looks and capabilities of electric cars offered by Tesla. The 14-year-old Silicon Valley startup has attracted huge attention for the stunning acceleration of its...

  • Professor John Kelly of Weber State University, Utah, shown before Chevy Bolt EV battery disassembly

    The battery packs of most modern electric cars are far different than those in your mobile phone or other portable devices. In most cases, they include hundreds or thousands of cells, arranged into modules, and usually surrounded by channels containing liquid coolant to keep the battery in its desired temperature range. Now a new video shows exactly what the inside of a Chevy Bolt EV's 60-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion pack looks like—and how it's arranged. DON'T MISS: Tearing down the Tesla Model S battery pack: video (Mar 2017) The presenter is John Kelly, a professor in the Auto...

  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
    2019 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid video preview

    As they say: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. The first Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, launched for 2011, wasn't one of the better examples of the class for drivability. But Hyundai has updated its mid-size hybrid three times since then, with each generation getting markedly better. DON'T...

  • Honda Insight Prototype, 2018 Detroit auto show
    2019 Honda Insight video preview from Detroit auto show

    Pickup trucks took the limelight this year, but a significant green car made a quiet debut. It's an interesting and handsome model that revives a familiar name for Honda. The 2019 Honda Insight is a compact premium sedan projected to get an EPA combined rating of 50 mpg or better. The new Insight...

  • Zev Gitalis takes his 97-year-old grandfather for a ride in his Tesla Model S electric car [YouTube]
    One Tesla Model S plus one 97-year-old grandfather: video magic

    "I hear you got an electric car," says a 97-year-old man, looking every bit like a 97-year-old man, suspenders and all. "Is it outside?" The man behind the camera is Zev Gitalis, and the man in front of the camera is his grandfather. DON'T MISS: South's good ol' boy drag racers whupped by Tesla...

  • Frame from 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid "Beyond the Battery" ad
    Can Honda break through buyer confusion about plug-in hybrids?

    With the launch of the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid sedan, the Chevrolet Volt now has its first serious competition among long-range plug-in hybrids. About 25,000 second-generation Volts were sold last year, and this year's number will be about 20,000. Honda says it may sell about the same...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE, Willamette Valley, Oregon, June 2017
    2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid video road test

    The 2018 Toyota Camry is the latest generation of the car that launched a category—the mid-size hybrid sedan—way back in 2007. While competitors in that segment now include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima, the Camry Hybrid remains one of the most...

  • Video review of 2017 Tesla Model 3 electric car by Matt Pressman, Evannex [frame from YouTube video]

    There have been no full reviews of the 2017 Tesla Model 3 to date by automotive media outlets, meaning professional test drivers spend a few days with the car putting it through a standard battery of tests. A few early video reviews, apparently by owners, have also vanished from the Internet, leading to various theories about what owners must legally agree to before taking delivery. Now, however, we have another video walkaround of the Model 3 that's survived for two weeks—so it seems likely to stay. DON'T MISS: Tesla Model 3 owners' club video offers new details on electric car It...

  • Electric car cargo space challenge with banana boxes
    Cargo space in popular electric cars: this video explains it all

    Ensuring electric cars fit the needs of their owners is a requirement for boosting electric-vehicle sales. Adequate cargo space for an owner is necessary no matter what kind of car is being considered. Now, in one handy video, YouTuber Bjorn Nyquist has shown just how much cargo space is provided...

  • Tesla Model 3 via Model 3 Owners' Club video
    Tesla Model 3 owners' club video offers new details on electric car

    First-hand details about the Tesla Model 3 remain almost as rare as the cars themselves; Tesla has built only a few hundred Model 3 electric cars since its launch in July Now a new video provides an incredibly in-depth look at Tesla's mass-production car, though we suspect it may have been approved...

  • Will you use less fuel during engine braking or simply by coasting?
    Saving gas by lifting the pedal: engine braking vs coasting (video)

    The way a driver operates a car can produce very different fuel-economy numbers, and when driving downhill, two notable techniques come into play. The first is leaving the car in gear and using so-called engine braking to provide at least some deceleration. But many believe putting a car in neutral...

  • Frame from man-on-the-street interviews on electricity, utilities by E-Source LLC, 2011  [YouTube]
    People have no idea what electricity is or how it works (video)

    Everyone knows what a gallon of gasoline is, or what they paid the last time they put fuel in their car. But trying asking your friends, relatives, and neighbors how much they paid per kilowatt-hour in their last electric bill. Or even what a kilowatt-hour is. We guarantee you that 19 out of 20 of...

  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Sesame Street advertisement
    Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid gets ad support from Sesame Street characters

    The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a one-of-a-kind vehicle, the sole plug-in hybrid minivan offered for sale in North America. Its early months were plagued by a powertrain recall for a potentially faulty diode within the power inverter module. Now, the Pacifica Hybrid is back on sale in its...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf

    The deals, incentives, and rebates currently available on the 2017 Nissan Leaf are generous and well documented. A handful of utility companies across the United States have offered generous discounts, likely backed by Nissan itself, to move the current-generation Leaf from dealerships to driveways. All of this has occurred as the 2018 Nissan Leaf prepares to launch early next year in North America. DON'T MISS: Nine things you should know about the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car One YouTuber recently documented his electric-car purchasing journey and explained why he bought a 2017 Nissan Leaf...

  • Tesla Model X P100D races Lamborghini Aventador SV
    Tesla Model S beats Lamborghini Aventador in 1/4-mile drag race; so does Model X SUV

    Tesla has not only put some of the world's longest-range electric cars into production, but its cars also happen to house some serious performance specifications. Everyone knows the P100D versions of the Tesla Model S sedan and Model X SUV are capable of accelerating at lightning speed, thanks to...

  • Nissan Leaf at West Coast Electric Highway charging station (Photo by Pine Mountain Sports)
    New propaganda video on electric-car tax credits: time to debunk!

    The U.S. federal income-tax credit for purchase of an electric car has seen its share of attacks over the years. Now a new video seeks to twist the facts to paint those subsidies in a bad light. While facts don't lie, it's easy to create a new narrative by taking carefully chosen facts out of...

  • Tesla Model 3 Easter eggs screen
    Tesla Model 3 Easter eggs, discovered by board member Steve Jurvetson

    The few dozen 2017 Tesla Model 3 owners who've already taken delivery of their electric cars will find a few surprises inside if they look closely enough. The Silicon Valley automaker handed over the first examples of its new Model 3 to customers, one of whom happens to be Steve Jurvetson...

  • Tesla Model S at Supercharger site in Ventura, CA, with just one slot open  [photo: David Noland]
    Propaganda video claiming 'dirty electric cars' debunked

    For years, electric-car skeptics raised concerns about what was cleverly dubbed "The Coal Tailpipe": the idea that plug-in vehicles produced just as many harmful emissions as gasoline cars, but in a different place. That's not remotely true for carbon dioxide, as multiple studies over the years...

  • Electric motor, shown in 'How Does an Electric Car Work?' video by Learn Engineering
    Video explains how electric cars work, battery and motor technology included

    While many drivers generally understand the concept of an electric car, understanding generally stops there. It's a car, and you plug it in to get power to run it. That's fine as far as it goes. Beyond that, things get hazy pretty quickly, we've found. DON'T MISS: Plug-in hybrid problem: buyers...