Background Research on Alternative Transportation Vehicles

This Background Research on Alternative Transportation Vehicles lesson plan also includes:

There's no alternative to a great research project. The second of five lessons in the Solar Transportation unit has scholars research different types of alternative vehicles. They determine the price, range, battery size, and cost to recharge for several models of electric vehicles. They then brainstorm pros and cons of battery electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask local car dealerships for any pamphlets they may have for electric vehicles
Classroom Considerations
  • Basic familiarity with renewable energy sources is beneficial
  • Internet access may be necessary if pupils need to research information on their own
Pros
  • Gives detailed timing suggestions to keep the class on track
  • Lists some helpful websites for students to reference
Cons
  • None
Common Core