Talk to your kids about…
Who Killed the Electric Car?
What advantages do electric vehicles have over regular combustion engines? What kind of infrastructure is needed to support this new technology? What are the disadvantages of this car?
Do car batteries have a limited life and if so, how are they disposed of? How much additional electricity would be needed and what impact would that have on the environment?
What are the pros and cons of hydrogen fuel cells? What are the overall costs of producing them? How viable do you think this form of alternate energy is for the average consumer?
The concept of electric cars is not new. For a brief history on this type of transportation check out the information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_electric_vehicle .
Stan Ovshinsky and his wife Iris work side by side in their scientific endeavors. To learn more about this couple and their work, follow this link: http://www.pbs.org/saf/1403/features/ovshinsky.htm
Finally, check this link (http://www.gm.com/company/onlygm/fastlane_Blog.html#EV1) to read a GM official’s comments about EVs and this movie.