Battery Power and Electric Cars
Learn about the history of electric cars and batteries, how they work, and new prototypes that are being developed. Experiment with an online battery simulator and view photos and videos of these automobiles. Also included are eThemes resources on Electricity: Circuits, Conductors, and Batteries and Automobiles: Owning & Operating Costs.
History of Electric Vehicles
Learn more about the history and origins of electric vehicles. Click on links under "Next Page" to keep reading. NOTE: This site includes ads.
How Stuff Works: Electric Cars
This site describes of how electric cars work and explains the motor and battery charging process. Watch a video showcasing the design of the anticipated Chevy Volt and view photos of other types of electric cars. NOTE: This site includes ads.
ThinkQuest: How Electric Cars Work
Learn more about how electric cars, batteries, and how to charge batteries at this site.
How Stuff Works: Batteries
Learn more about how batteries work and their many uses. NOTE: This site includes ads.
America on the Move
Read more about the history and evolution of electric cars throughout the twentieth century.
Electric Car Owners Club
This site includes a variety of information and tips on electric cars from owners of these vehicles. Topics include how to build an electric car, conversion of gas-powered cars, solar power uses, and the history of electric vehicles.
Electric Car Parking
This site proposes how streets and parking lots could accommodate charging electric cars in the future.
Online Battery Simulators
This virtual battery simulator allows you to predict battery behavior and change the variable inputs of the battery type, operation mode, and operating temperature. Click on the "Online Simulation" to access this simulator.
PBS: Timeline of the Electric Car
Read about the history of electric cars beginning in 1832 and view photos of electric car prototypes.
Read short articles and view videos about different innovations in electric vehicle technology. NOTE: This site includes ads, forums, and user comments. NOTE: This site leads to YouTube and social networking sites.
eThemes Resource: Electricity: Circuits, Conductors, and Batteries
These sites have lots of illustrations and animations that demonstrate how electricity, circuits, and batteries work. Learn the difference between conductors and insulators and the difference between series circuits and parallel circuits. Includes a lesson plan, suggested activities, hands-on experiments, and online games and quizzes. There are links to eThemes resources on electrical safety, current and static electricity.
eThemes Resource: Automobiles: Owning & Operating Costs
These sites focus on owning and operating costs of automobiles. Information includes reviews of automobiles, searchable databases of different makes and models, insurance and financing tips, fuel and insurance costs, and cost calculation tools. Lesson plans, video clips, images, and articles are includes. There is a link to eThemes Resource on Transportation: Automobiles.