7,489 electric vehicles were sold in the UK last month, up from 3,968 in August last year, according to the SMMT. This is made more significant by the fact that overall sales in the UK are down 4% so far this year. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars now represent 8% of the overall market. With petrol and diesel prices beginning to rise and new legislation looming manufacturers are working hard to respond to the market. Mercedes have launched their all-electric SUV, the Mercedes Benz ECQ and along with Jaguar are now offering serious competition to Tesla. “The new EQC is a genuine Mercedes-Benz. This particularly applies to classic attributes such as quality, safety and comfort. These are accompanied by dynamic performance, thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW, and an intelligent operating strategy for a superior electric range. The EQC is part of a growing family of purely electrically powered vehicles from Mercedes-Benz”, said Ola Källenius, member of the Daimler-Benz Board of Management. Jaguar have also recently launched their i-Pace SUV and are now planning to offer all electric versions of the classic E-Type from Jaguar Classics. We can expect to see car makers across Europe releasing a raft of new designs over the next few months.
Questions How big is the rise on sales of EVs in the UK? How does this compare to sales in your country? What are the biggest issues confronting electric vehicle sales, in your opinion?
Vocabulary Find the words in the text then highlight below to check their meaning significant – important, noticeable overall – in total hybrid – charging a battery using a petrol/diesel engine plug-in hybrid – as above but with charging from an external source to represent - to make up, to be to loom – to be close to happening and slightly threatening attributes – qualities range – distance between charges (or tank fills) a raft of – a lot of, many
Grammar Present continuous, find the three uses and explain why they are used. Highlight below for notes Each example is used to talk about something happening right now. In two examples they contrast with the present perfect, describing a present consequence. More present forms grammar