The Reading / Listening - Level 4

A new electric car from Tesla Motors can go from 0 to 100kph in just 2.8 seconds. An older model could already get from 0-100kph in 3.2 seconds. An upgrade called Ludicrous Mode will take the horsepower up to 762 and give it the extra power to get to 100kph in less than three seconds. That kind of power means the car can accelerate at a force of 1.1G. This gives the driver the feeling that he or she is going faster than the speed of falling.



Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the improved acceleration came after engineers worked on a new power train. This is the system that powers the wheels. The engineers increased the battery power by ten per cent, making the car faster. Tesla said a gasoline internal combustion engine has hundreds of moving parts, but Tesla cars have just one - the rotor. This makes acceleration "instantaneous, silent and smooth". The new Tesla costs $87,500.

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Sources
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/69899/20150718/tesla-model-s-ludicrous-mode-will-convert-electric-car-non-believers-to-radical-believers-why-because-vrooom.htm
  • http://mashable.com/2015/07/17/tesla-ludicrous-mode/
  • http://www.teslamotors.com/models


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

A new electric car

a.

up to 762

2.

An older

b.

of 1.1G

3.

take the horsepower

c.

extra power

4.

give it the

d.

of falling

5.

get to 100kph in

e.

from Tesla Motors

6.

That kind of power means

f.

less than three seconds

7.

a force

g.

model

8.

faster than the speed

h.

the car can accelerate



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

improved

a.

power by ten per cent

2.

engineers worked

b.

and smooth

3.

the system that

c.

acceleration

4.

engineers increased the battery

d.

costs $87,500

5.

a gasoline internal combustion

e.

on a new power train

6.

hundreds of moving

f.

engine

7.

instantaneous, silent

g.

powers the wheels

8.

The new Tesla

h.

parts

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A new electric car from Tesla Motors (1) ___________________ to 100kph in just 2.8 seconds. An older model (2) ___________________ from 0-100kph in 3.2 seconds. (3) ___________________ Ludicrous Mode will take the horsepower up to 762 (4) ___________________ extra power to get to 100kph in less than three seconds. That (5) ___________________ means the car can accelerate at a force of 1.1G. This gives the driver the feeling that he or she is going faster (6) ___________________ falling.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the (7) ___________________ came after engineers worked on a new power train. This (8) ___________________ powers the wheels. The engineers increased (9) ___________________ by ten per cent, (10) ___________________ faster. Tesla said a gasoline internal combustion engine has hundreds (11) ___________________, but Tesla cars have just one - the rotor. This (12) ___________________ "instantaneous, silent and smooth". The new Tesla costs $87,500.





ELECTRIC CARS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about electric cars 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.

 

STUDENT 1

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  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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FREE WRITING

Write about electric cars for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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