In Norway, almost one in five cars sold is fully electric. This is a unique situation in the world.

“Free parking and chargers, reserved lanes, exemption from tolls on bridges and highways… You only need to drive a few minutes through the streets of Oslo to understand why the Norwegian capital is considered an electric car paradise.”

Source: Radio-Canada

The following activities will help to better understand the advantages of this mode of transport.


Goals

At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Name and locate the capital of Norway;
- Understand the popularity of electric cars in Norway;
- Compare different models of electric cars;
- Discover different types of transport using green energies;
- Know the objectives of the Government of Quebec in terms of electric transport.


Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Electric car paradise

First, tell the students that the capital of Norway is recognized as a paradise for electric car users. Ask students what is the name of the capital of Norway and locate it on a world map.

Then, in order to understand why Oslo received this designation, invite students to read next article.

Then ask the following questions:

- What are the advantages for Norwegians of owning an electric car?
- Why is the electric car so popular in Norway?
- Why is it paradoxical that Norway wants to become a low carbon society?
- Which electric car model was voted Car of the Year in Norway?
- What other type of electric vehicle used in Norway represents a world first?
- What is the best-selling electric car in Norway?
- What are the problems linked to the popularity of the electric car?

ACTIVITY 2: The different electric cars

Invite students to compare different types of electric cars. First, as a whole class, name models of electric cars. Consult the Internet to help you with this task, if necessary. Next, have students choose two types of vehicle and compare them using the following diagram:

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ACTIVITY 3: Transport and energy sources

Ask students if they can name other forms of transportation that run on electricity or other types of green energy.

In order to discover other means of transport, as a whole class, complete the following game. It is necessary to slide in the center of the screen a means of transport and a source of energy.


For further

Recently, the Government of Quebec announced an electric shift for cars by wanting to see 100,000 electric vehicles on the roads within 5 years.

Have students search the web for information about this ad. They should then be able to explain how the government plans to go about achieving that goal.


More about the magazine

Norway - Oslo no longer wants a car
ARTE Journal, October 29, 2015

Quebec is going electric
Radio-Canada, October 8, 2015

Quebecers are the pioneers in Canada for the electric car
La Presse, September 13, 2015

11 different electric car models to try
La Tribune, September 11, 2015

Véronique is a librarian at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières and a trainer in educational technology for future teachers. She also holds a teaching certificate in the social universe at the secondary level and collaborates regularly with the organization L'École branchée.