Spark curiosity by exploring information about electric vehicles, how they are being used locally and around the world and how they impact the environment.
There are many truths and myths surrounding electric vehicles (EVs). In this activity, students will gain a better understanding of EVs, how they are used, and how they can contribute to a low-carbon future.
Transportation is a major contributor to climate change and pollution. The Government of Canada estimates that 14,600 premature deaths per year in Canada can be linked to air pollution from fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone. See: Fuels and air pollutions and Health effects of air pollution.
EVs are one solution to tackle these issues of climate change and air pollution. However equally important are other sustainable modes of transportation and community design, like walkable communities, accessible public transportation, bike lanes, and other low-carbon options.
BC Hydro uses the power of falling water to create clean, reliable and renewable electricity. With respect to lower emissions and air quality EVs make sense but particularly in B.C. since the majority of our electricity is renewable. See here for an analysis of the costs of electric vehicles.
BC Hydro is supporting electric vehicle adoption in B.C. by working with local, provincial and federal governments on initiatives to expand its fast charging station network. There are currently more than 1,000 charging stations (including 30 fast charging stations) in B.C. For more information on EVs in our province, go here.