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A Car of the Future

Problem

How could renewable energy sources be used to power a car?

A renewable energy source can be used to power a vehicle by using the sun to
operate it and batteries to serve as a back-up power source. There wouldn’t be
need for gasoline and it would also minimize pollution.

Devise a Plan

1. Consider what you learned about renewable energy sources. Use what you
learned to design a car that operates entirely on renewable energy sources.
2. Think about the following issues:
• What renewable sources of energy are available?

Solar Energy, Hydroelectric Power, Biomass, and Geothermal are all


renewable sources that are available.

• Which sources could be used to operate the car? How could each source be
used?

Solar Energy can be used as the main source of energy and Hydroelectric
Power as the back-up energy source in the form of batteries in a vehicle of
the future.

• What equipment would be needed? Where would this equipment be


located?
Several solar panels on the hood, roof, and truck would be needed for this
vehicle to operate. There would also be several batteries in the truck of the
vehicle to serve as a secondary or back-up source of energy.

• What backup systems should be included?

The batteries in the truck will serve as a backup system to keep the vehicle
in motion.

3. On a separate sheet of paper, draw your designs for a renewable-energy car.


Label your drawings to identify the energy sources you used and to explain
how each system works.

Analyze and Conclude

1. Which renewable energy sources did you use in your car?

Solar Energy and Hydroelectric Power would be used to power this vehicle of
the future. Solar panels as the Solar Energy source and batteries as the
Hydroelectric Power source.

2. What are the advantages of using renewable energy sources instead of fossil
fuels?

The great advantage of using renewal energy over fossil fuels is that with
renewable energy there isn’t a high of a risk that it will all be used up as with
fossil fuels. Also, it would greatly decrease the amount of pollution in the air
from burning gasoline. It would be a lot more affordable to transit.

3. Which renewable energy sources did you not include in your designs? Why
didn’t you use them?

Biomass energy and geothermal energy were not used as the way to produce
these energies would be very easy to integrate in a moving vehicle.
Do you think people in the future will have cars like the ones you designed?
Why or why not?

I do believe that people in the future will have cars like this one because there
is a great need for a less harmful source of energy to get from place to place.
Also, our fossil fuels and becoming less and less making it harder to come
across them.