Why choose an electric vehicle? Think about the benefits to the environment and future generations. Learn about your EV options, decide how to collect information, analyze data and select your favourite vehicle.
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, all new light trucks and car sales will be zero-emission vehicles in Canada. Electric vehicles reduce carbon emissions, as well as maintenance due to fewer moving parts and fuel costs. In B.C., 97 per cent of our electricity is generated from a clean 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 per cent 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.
When evaluating online sources, students should think about:
“It is so important that we, as First Nations, show the rest of the world how mother earth is so precious to us all. Everyone has to work together to make change and it is going to take all of us to make change. Leaders and elders have to prepare young people so that positive change takes place.” - Chief George Planes, T’Sou-ke Nation
The concept of interconnectedness is fundamental to First Peoples connection to the land and sense of responsibility to care for the earth for future generations. Transportation options that use renewable energy reduce our impact on climate change. Concepts of sustainability, consequences of our actions and responsibility to the land are woven throughout the First Peoples Principles of Learning.