The Reading / Listening - Electric Cars - Level 2

The car company Volvo has said all new cars it makes from 2019 will have an electric motor. It will stop making cars that use only petrol or diesel engines. Volvo said it plans to sell five fully electric cars and some hybrid cars by 2021. A hybrid car has an engine that is both electric and petrol-driven. Volvo is the first big carmaker to say it will stop making cars with only petrol engines. The petrol engine has been used in cars for over a century. Volvo said: "People increasingly demand electrified cars, and we want to respond to our customers' current and future needs."



More car companies are now selling electric and hybrid cars. The American company Tesla makes only all-electric cars. Its stock market value is now 25 per cent higher than that of Ford. Tesla recently said it would make 20,000 of its Model 3 cars a month by December. Volvo hopes to sell a million electrified cars by 2025. It also hopes to change its factories to be more environmentally friendly. It hopes to start "climate-neutral" manufacturing. Volvo said it will have one of the widest ranges of electrified cars of any carmaker in the world.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Electric Cars - Level 0 Electric Cars - Level 1   or  Electric Cars - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40505671
  • http://www.autotrader.co.uk/content/news/volvo-to-produce-all-electric-cars-from-2019
  • http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volvo/100024/volvo-to-go-electric-with-new-range-of-evs-and-hybrid-models-from-2019


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. an electric
  2. only petrol or
  3. sell five fully
  4. it will stop making cars with
  5. used in cars
  6. People increasingly
  7. we want to respond
  8. current and
  1. future needs
  2. motor
  3. demand electrified cars
  4. diesel engines
  5. to our customers
  6. electric cars
  7. for over a century
  8. only petrol engines

Paragraph 2

  1. selling electric
  2. Tesla makes only all-
  3. Its stock market
  4. Tesla recently said it would
  5. be more environmentally
  6. "climate-neutral"
  7. have one of the widest ranges
  8. of any carmaker
  1. friendly
  2. of electrified cars
  3. electric cars
  4. in the world
  5. and hybrid cars
  6. make 20,000
  7. value
  8. manufacturing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The car company Volvo (1) ___________________ cars it makes from 2019 will have an electric motor. It will stop making cars that (2) ___________________ or diesel engines. Volvo said it plans to sell five fully electric cars and (3) ___________________ by 2021. A hybrid car has an engine that is both electric and petrol-driven. Volvo is the first big carmaker (4) ___________________ stop making cars with only petrol engines. The petrol engine has been used in cars (5) ___________________ century. Volvo said: "People increasingly demand electrified cars, and we want to respond to our customers' (6) ___________________ needs."

More car companies are now selling electric and hybrid cars. The American company Tesla (7) ___________________-electric cars. Its stock market (8) ___________________ 25 per cent higher than that of Ford. Tesla recently said it would make 20,000 of its Model 3 (9) ___________________ said. Volvo hopes to sell a million electrified cars by 2025. (10) ___________________ change its factories to be more environmentally friendly. (11) ___________________ "climate-neutral" manufacturing. Volvo said it will have (12) ___________________ ranges of electrified cars of any carmaker in the world.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThecarcompanyVolvohassaidallnewcarsitmakesfrom2019willhavea
nelectricmotor.Itwillstopmakingcarsthatuseonlypetrolordieselengi
nes.Volvosaiditplanstosellfivefullyelectriccarsandsomehybridcarsb
y2021.Ahybridcarhasanenginethatisbothelectricandpetrol-driven.V
olvoisthefirstbigcarmakertosayitwillstopmakingcarswithonlypetrole
ngines.Thepetrolenginehasbeenusedincarsforoveracentury.Volvos
aid:"Peopleincreasinglydemandelectrifiedcars,andwewanttorespon
dtoourcustomers'currentandfutureneeds."Morecarcompaniesareno
wsellingelectricandhybridcars.TheAmericancompanyTeslamakeson
lyall-electriccars.Itsstockmarketvalueisnow25percenthigherthanth
atofFord.Teslarecentlysaiditwouldmake20,000ofitsModel3carsamo
nthbysaid.Volvohopestosellamillionelectrifiedcarsby2025.Italsohop
estochangeitsfactoriestobemoreenvironmentallyfriendly.Ithopesto
start"climate-neutral"manufacturing.Volvosaiditwillhaveoneofthew
idestrangesofelectrifiedcarsofanycarmakerintheworld.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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