The Reading / Listening - Electric Cars - Level 1

The car company Volvo said all its cars will have an electric motor from 2019. It will stop making cars that use only petrol engines. It plans to sell five fully electric cars and some hybrid cars by 2021. Volvo is the first big carmaker that will stop making cars with only petrol engines. It said: "People increasingly demand electrified cars, and we want to respond to our customers' current and future needs."



More car companies are selling electric and hybrid cars. The American company Tesla makes only electric cars. Its stock market value is 25 per cent higher than that of Ford. Volvo hopes to sell a million electrified cars by 2025. It also hopes its factories will be more environmentally friendly and will start "climate-neutral" manufacturing. Volvo 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 2   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. The car
  2. all its cars will have an
  3. It will stop
  4. use only petrol
  5. It plans to sell five fully
  6. making cars with only
  7. we want to respond to
  8. current and future
  1. making cars
  2. our customers
  3. electric cars
  4. needs
  5. company Volvo
  6. engines
  7. petrol engines
  8. electric motor

Paragraph 2

  1. car
  2. electric and
  3. The American company
  4. stock market
  5. 25 per cent
  6. sell a million electrified cars
  7. be more environmentally
  8. one of the widest ranges
  1. friendly
  2. value
  3. higher
  4. hybrid cars
  5. of electrified cars
  6. companies
  7. by 2025
  8. Tesla

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The car company Volvo (1) ___________________ will have an electric motor from 2019. It will stop making cars (2) ___________________ petrol engines. It plans (3) ___________________ electric cars and some hybrid cars by 2021. Volvo (4) ___________________ big carmaker that will stop making (5) ___________________ petrol engines. It said: "People increasingly demand electrified cars, and we want to respond to our customers' (6) ___________________ needs."

More car companies are selling (7) ___________________ cars. The American company Tesla makes only electric cars. Its stock (8) ___________________ 25 per cent higher than that of Ford. Volvo (9) ___________________ million electrified cars by 2025. (10) ___________________ factories will be more environmentally friendly (11) ___________________ "climate-neutral" manufacturing. Volvo will have one of (12) ___________________ of electrified cars of any carmaker in the world.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThecarcompanyVolvosaidallitscarswillhaveanelectricmotorfrom201
9.Itwillstopmakingcarsthatuseonlypetrolengines.Itplanstosellfivefu
llyelectriccarsandsomehybridcarsby2021.Volvoisthefirstbigcarmak
erthatwillstopmakingcarswithonlypetrolengines.Itsaid:"Peopleincr
easinglydemandelectrifiedcars,andwewanttorespondtoourcustome
rs'currentandfutureneeds."Morecarcompaniesaresellingelectricand
hybridcars.TheAmericancompanyTeslamakesonlyelectriccars.Itsst
ockmarketvalueis25percenthigherthanthatofFord.Volvohopestosell
amillionelectrifiedcarsby2025.Italsohopesitsfactorieswillbemoreen
vironmentallyfriendlyandwillstart"climate-neutral"manufacturing
g.Volvowillhaveoneofthewidestrangesofelectrifiedcarsofanycarmak
erintheworld.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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