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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Greenstate Podcast


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Physics, Economics, Civics, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Podcasts, 35 minutes, 55 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon

It's Electric! (vehicles)

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  • This podcast discusses the capabilities of electric vehicles, the nature of Oregon's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, and the infrastructure that Oregon is trying to build to support these kinds of vehicles. 
  • Students will learn about the range and acceleration of electric vehicles, the conditions and tiers within the Oregon Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, the amount of charging stations in Oregon, and how Oregon's government works with the private sector in order to build an infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Teaching Tips


  • This podcast features multiple government officials who provide detailed information and insight.
  • This podcast answers frequently asked questions about the electric vehicle rebate program.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to understand the impact that fuel-powered vehicles have on the environment.
  • Students should have a basic idea of how electric vehicles work.


  • This podcast could supplement a lesson in which students evaluate the effectiveness of electric vehicles at reducing human impacts on the environment.
  • After listening to this podcast, the teacher could lead a classroom discussion on what cultural and economic barriers might keep people from buying electric vehicles.
  • This podcast allows students to evaluate the Oregon's government effectiveness at addressing climate change. 
  • Physics, engineering, or science classes can use this podcast as a hook for lessons about electric motors, electric circuits, batteries, or renewable energy solutions to climate change.
Scientist Notes
This podcast episode explores the rebates available to consumers who purchase electric vehicles in Oregon. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.9-12 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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