NOVA

Car of the Future

Student Handout

Team 4: Hybrid and Electric Cars Web Resources


Electric car Your task is to do research to find out:

  • how hybrid and electric cars work
  • the environmental impacts of hybrid and electric vehicles
  • the advantages and disadvantages of using hybrid and electric vehicles
  • the major challenges facing implementation of hybrid and electric vehicle

Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center: Alternative Fueling Station Locator
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Shows locations for existing U.S. alternative fuel stations.

How Hybrid Cars Work
Source: HowStuffWorks
Provides an in-depth look at how hybrid cars work, how they improve fuel efficiency, and the benefits of hybrids.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Gives information on what a plug-in hybrid electric car is, the benefits of plug-in cars, and the challenges to incorporating this technology into the U.S. energy system.

How Electric Cars Work
Source: How Stuff Works
Offers an in-depth look at how electric cars work, what kinds of motors and batteries they run on, what kinds of problems they have, and how they are charged.

Alternative & Advanced Vehicles: Electric Vehicles
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Describes what an electric vehicle is and provides information on current availability of electric vehicles.

Clean Alternative Fuels: Electric Vehicles
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Takes a look at the present use of electric vehicles, the various types of battery sources for them, how they perform, and how available and affordable they are.




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