Background Research on Alternative Transportation Vehicles

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1. Students will define BEVs, HEVs, HFCVs, and HICEVs 2. Students will compare the above vehicles and relate the pros and cons of each technology 3. Students will begin to evaluate which type of technology might be best suited for the goal of replacing fossil fuels in the transportation sector 4. Students will begin to brainstorm ideas for how solar energy might be used to enhance these technologies

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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
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Students completing this lesson will already have identified some of the problems inherent in the development of ideas to replace fossil fuels in the transportation sector. Students will now conduct some research to identify some of the pros and cons of existing technologies. Students will compare and contrast battery electric vehicles (BEVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs), and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles (HICEVs) 

Other Material(s) Used:
Student handout #3, internet access