Are Electric Cars Really Green?

Are Electric Cars Really Green?

Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don’t burn any gasoline at all.…

The Truth about Hydrogen

The Truth about Hydrogen

This episode of Real Engineering is brought to you by Skillshare, home to over twenty thousand classes that could teach you a new life skill. As the world grapples to eliminate fossil fuels from our energy diet, electric cars have seen an incredible boom over the past few years. Last year, over one million electric…

Electric Cars: Policy for Electric Vehicles

Electric Cars: Policy for Electric Vehicles

MARGOT WEIJNEN: Hi, I’m Margot Weijnen, Professor of Process and Energy Systems Engineering at the Delft University of Technology and Scientific Director of the Next Generation Infrastructures Knowledge Platform in the Netherlands. I will briefly introduce a policy dimension of electric vehicles, which is about public policy interventions. In other words, it is about the…

How Plug-In Vehicles Work

How Plug-In Vehicles Work

[Traffic sounds] [Music] WHILE TODAY’S CARS ARE MUCH CLEANER, BURNING GASOLINE STILL CREATES HARMFUL TAILPIPE EMISSIONS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND SMOG. HOW ARE ELECTRIC VEHICLES DIFFERENT? ELECTRIC VEHICLES PRODUCE NO TAILPIPE EMISSIONS. EVEN WITH THE USE OF ELECTRICITY, TOTAL EMISSIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DRIVING EVS ARE STILL TYPICALLY LESS THAN THOSE FOR GASOLINE CARS—…