Hydrogen, Electric or Diesel? We Drive All Three

 "Green" and "efficiency" are two hot-button words that have been floating around the auto industry for nearly a decade. There's much debate as to which forthcoming technology is here to replace the aging gasoline engine; diesel, electric or hydrogen? And there are plenty of opinions as to which is best. Tesla and CEO Elon Musk has made it eminently clear that he thinks electric is the way to go, and the hydrogen fuel cell is but a pipe dream. German companies like Audi and BMW are going the clean diesel route, but also pitching us new electric vehicles.

So, the debate rages on. But just this past week at the LA Auto Show, we got a chance to test all three of these green technologies and give our opinion on which one we think could be "the future" of the auto industry.

BMW i3 - Electric

Hydrogen, Electric or Diesel? We Drive All Three

At first, the thought of driving this funky futuristic compact hatch was something for which we were quite eager. But then we got in the driver's seat...and were more confused than a dog at a catnip convention. Why does green automatically equate to confusing? The style is eye-catching indeed, but the interior switches and the one-pedal gas and braking system seemed like something from another world. Naturally, like any new car, it's something you have to get used to. But we're not fully convinced that people swapping out of their Toyota Camrys, who may not yet be swayed by green technology, are ready for something this foreign. Keep it simple, BMW.

Jeep Grand Cherokee - Diesel 

Hydrogen, Electric or Diesel? We Drive All Three

Unlike the ...