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Purchasing and Driving an Electric Vehicle

This entry-level course will introduce the basics of electric vehicle (EV) ownership, exploring topics around buying, operating, and charging. We look at various EV myths and how developing EV ownership data is assisting vehicle purchasers in making sound decisions armed with factual knowledge. This course explores EV adoption among underrepresented communities including persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, and youth with an emphasis on rural and remote areas. This course is assembled with lived experience from BCIT’s Applied Research, School of Transportation and industry partners, as well as with survey data from BCIT’s nationwide survey around barriers to EV adoption. Road transportation accounts for 20% of Canada’s total greenhouse emissions; this course, by building awareness and public confidence around EV ownership can assist Canadian understand EV adoption while assisting Canada meet its 2035 target of all new light-duty vehicle sales to be a zero-emission vehicle.

Course Details

Course number: MOOC-0390
Course title: Purchasing and Driving an Electric Vehicle
Prerequisites: None
Completion criteria: 70% or above from self-assessment activities
Completion award: Digital Badge and printable Statement of Completion
Registration fee: None


Anyone wanting to know about electric vehicles and the effects of zero-emission vehicle roll out.

Delivery details

This is a self-study online course with no instructional support.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss motivation and challenges for electric vehicle ownership.
  2. List community support around electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.
  3. Explain EV charging and charge station etiquette.
  4. Discuss driving techniques to help optimize range.
  5. Describe typical electric vehicle maintenance requirements.
  6. Explain considerations for new and used electric vehicle purchase.

Time commitment

This course will take you between 10 – 12 hours to complete.

Completion Award

  • Statement of Completion
  • Digital Badge

To Register

Once Registered

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