What do you want to know about electric vehicles (EVs)? Join the conversation about the future of transportation.
Are you curious about the types of EVs, cost, how the batteries work or their environmental impact? Students watch a slideshow about EVs and develop a question to investigate, analyze and apply what they learn.
Transportation, through the burning of fossil fuels, is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change, governments are moving towards clean renewable energy sources for transportation. By 2040, Canada and B.C. are aiming that all new light trucks and car sales will be zero-emission vehicles. Electric vehicles reduce carbon emissions and need less maintenance due to fewer moving parts and fuel costs. In B.C., 97% of our electricity is generated from a clean and renewable energy source. Barriers to buying an electric vehicle include the initial cost and range, or distance you can travel, on a charge. Innovation and new technologies are continually improving battery storage and EVs are able to travel greater and greater distances. See BC Hydro and PlugInBC for more information.
Choosing renewable energy sources helps reduce the impact of our energy use on the environment. In B.C., 97% of electricity is generated from water, a clean and renewable source. Burning fossil fuels for transportation releases greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide into the environment that had previously been trapped underground.
You may choose to have students focus their questions on the big ideas and content from your subject and grade curriculum.
Students may benefit from working in pairs or small groups as they develop their questions. Have students come up with questions for each of these simple question starters to generate ideas:
Once you know the topics your students are interested in, you can work with the librarian to gather useful resources for the initial and more in-depth research.
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