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Understanding Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV Series – Part 1)

Are all electric vehicles truly green? How reliable are they, really? How do you charge them? What’s the difference between an EV and a ZEV? Join Simply Science producer Joel Houle as he learns more about electric vehicles (EVs) and other zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) with his friend — and noted ZEV expert — Yves Madore. In the first episode of series, Yves takes Joel to a Transport Canada facility and shows him how ZEVs differ from conventional gas-powered vehicles. They look under the hood, go under the hoist and even get behind the wheel to take an EV out for a spin. Will Yves be brave enough to let Joel drive his car? Watch the video to find out!

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Charging Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV Series – Part 2)

How do you charge an electric vehicle? What are your options? How long does it take to charge? Is it safe? Join Simply Science producer Joel Houle as he learns more about electric vehicles (EVs) and other zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) with his friend — and noted ZEV expert — Yves Madore. In the second episode, Yves shows Joel everything there is to know about charging a ZEV. They check out a typical home charging station and look at different options available to consumers.

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Buying a Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV Series – Part 3)

What’s the true cost of owning a ZEV? Are they more or less expensive to operate over their lifespan compared with gas-powered vehicles? Are rebates available in Canada? Join Simply Science producer Joel Houle as he learns more about electric vehicles (EVs) and other zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) with his friend — and noted ZEV expert — Yves Madore. In the third episode, Joel introduces Yves to his co-worker Lisa, who is shopping for a new car. Yves tries to steer Lisa toward a ZEV by taking a deep dive into the total cost of owning a ZEV over time, compared with a conventional gas powered vehicle. They crunch numbers, talk about available rebates and go for a test drive in a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Yves also answers some fascinating questions such as how cold weather affects ZEV performance.

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Can fuel be carbon-negative?

Explore how Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) researchers are combining existing energy technology with new, cleaner energy advancements. Could carbon-negative fuels be far behind?

May 2022

by Sarah Buckingham

What fuels you?

Fuels power our daily lives, from the vehicles that transport our food and deliver online orders, to heating and cooling our homes and powering the businesses we support, and much more. In fact, you interact with fuels a lot more than you might realize.

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Here comes the sun — powering the future of renewable energy

When doesn’t Sunday fall on a Sunday? When it’s Sun Day, May 3 — a special day set aside every year to appreciate solar energy. As nations around the world look for ways to achieve net-zero emissions, one of the greatest sources of clean energy is beaming down from the blue sky above — on clear days, of course.When doesn’t Sunday fall on a Sunday? When it’s Sun Day, May 3 — a special day set aside every year to appreciate solar energy. As nations around the world look for ways to achieve net-zero emissions, one of the greatest sources of clean energy is beaming down from the blue sky above — on clear days, of course.

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Reducing Methane Emissions

We use methane every day to heat our homes, grow our food, create fertilizers and produce things like hydrogen that we use in clean fuel cells. But methane is a really potent greenhouse gas and a significant contributor to global warming. On this episode, we discuss what is methane, how we use it, and how we can reduce the amount we release in the atmosphere.

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Diversity and Inclusivity in Science

Scientists make discoveries by building on previous discoveries made by scientists before them. But what happens when the next generation of scientists is not an accurate representation of the population? What happens when we fail to bring in fresh perspectives? On this episode, we talk about the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the world of science.

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Small Modular Reactors – The Future of Nuclear Energy

When it comes to nuclear energy, Canada has always been an innovator. This goes all the way back to 1952 with the development of the world-renowned CANDU reactor. Seventy years later, Canada is leading the charge once again. On this episode, we talk about the future of nuclear energy — small modular reactors. Photo Credit: Third Way

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Women Fuelling the Future of Science

Look around! Apollo 11, the smallpox vaccine, the first direct evidence of dark matter in space. These are just a few of the outstanding scientific breakthroughs made possible by women working hard behind the scenes. In this episode we look at how women have helped make science, and our world, what it is today. Do you want to be an arctic explorer, a fossil hunter or a green energy guru? Then stay tuned!

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