The Reading / Listening - Car Battery - Level 2

Car makers are making more electric cars. They will replace petrol cars in the future. This will cut the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. A big problem is charging the battery. Some batteries in electric cars can take up to 12 hours to charge. However, a company in Israel says it has made a lithium-ion battery that can charge in just five minutes. This is the same amount of time it takes to fill a tank of gas. The new lithium-ion batteries were developed by the Israeli company StoreDot. They are manufactured by a Chinese company called Eve Energy.



The new batteries could transform driving. Electric cars could travel as far as petrol cars. Electric cars can give people "range anxiety". This is stress caused by worrying about the battery running out of power. A spokesperson said: "You're either afraid that you're going to get stuck on the highway, or that you're going to need to sit in a charging station for two hours." He added: "We're at the point of achieving a revolution in the electric vehicle charging experience". He said the switch from petrol to electric will happen quickly.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Car Battery - Level 0 Car Battery - Level 1   or  Car Battery - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.businessinsider.com/fast-charging-electric-car-battery-5-minutes-2021-1
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/19/electric-car-batteries-race-ahead-with-five-minute-charging-times
  • https://www.timesofisrael.com/revving-up-electric-car-industry-israeli-firm-develops-5-minute-charge-battery/


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. making more
  2. replace petrol cars
  3. cut the amount of CO2 in
  4. A big problem is charging
  5. take up to 12 hours
  6. charge in just
  7. fill a tank
  8. manufactured by a
  1. Chinese company
  2. to charge
  3. electric cars
  4. of gas
  5. the battery
  6. in the future
  7. five minutes
  8. the atmosphere

Paragraph 2

  1. travel as far
  2. Electric cars can give people "range
  3. This is stress caused
  4. the battery running out
  5. get stuck on
  6. sit in a charging station
  7. at the point of achieving a
  8. the switch from petrol
  1. of power
  2. revolution
  3. anxiety"
  4. to electric
  5. by worrying
  6. the highway
  7. as petrol cars
  8. for two hours

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Car makers (1) ___________________ electric cars. They will replace petrol cars in the future. This will (2) __________________ of CO2 in the atmosphere. A big problem is charging the battery. Some batteries in electric cars (3) ___________________ to 12 hours to charge. However, a company in Israel says it has made a lithium-ion battery that (4) ___________________ just five minutes. This is the same (5) ___________________ it takes to fill a tank of gas. The new lithium-ion batteries were developed by the Israeli company StoreDot. (6) ___________________ by a Chinese company called Eve Energy.

The new batteries (7) ___________________. Electric cars could travel as far as petrol cars. Electric cars can give people "range anxiety". This (8) ___________________ by worrying about the battery running (9) ___________________. A spokesperson said: "You're either afraid that you're going to get stuck on the highway, or that you're going to (10) ___________________ in a charging station for two hours." He added: "We're at the (11) ___________________ a revolution in the electric vehicle charging experience". He said the switch from petrol to electric (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Carmakersaremakingmoreelectriccars.Theywillreplacepetrolcarsint
hefuture.ThiswillcuttheamountofCO2intheatmosphere.Abigproble
mischargingthebattery.Somebatteriesinelectriccarscantakeupto12
hourstocharge.However,acompanyinIsraelsaysithasmadealithium-
ionbatterythatcanchargeinjustfiveminutes.Thisisthesameamountof
timeittakestofillatankofgas.Thenewlithium-ionbatteriesweredevel
opedbytheIsraelicompanyStoreDot.TheyaremanufacturedbyaChin
esecompanycalledEveEnergy.Thenewbatteriescouldtransformdrivi
ng.Electriccarscouldtravelasfaraspetrolcars.Electriccarscangivepeo
ple"rangeanxiety".Thisisstresscausedbyworryingaboutthebatteryr
unningoutofpower.Aspokespersonsaid:"You'reeitherafraidthatyou'r
egoingtogetstuckonthehighway,orthatyou'regoingtoneedtositinach
argingstationfortwohours."Headded:"We'reatthepointofachievinga
revolutionintheelectricvehiclechargingexperience".Hesaidtheswitch
frompetroltoelectricwillhappenquickly.

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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