Lesson Plan

Can Portable PV Charge Vehicles?

Take charge of learning about electric vehicles. Instructors first provide the class with information about PV modules and batteries. Learners then conduct an experiment where they connect PV modules in series and in parallel to determine the maximum voltage and amperage. They use their results to estimate the charging time for a PV array on an electric vehicle, taking the vehicle's surface area into consideration.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils research charging times for different electric vehicles
Classroom Considerations
  • This is the third of five activities in the Solar Transportation unit
  • Requires photovoltaic (PV) modules and multimeters
  • Handouts include helpful pictures of the experimental setup
  • Includes suggestions for lesson extensions
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