英語を聞く: Are electric cars gaining ground?

From BBC English
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by Phil Mercer

Australia’s first electric car charging station has opened in the city of Melbourne. It takes about five hours to charge each vehicle, but costs a fraction of the price of petrol. Those behind the project say it has huge potential to provide carbon neutral transport in Australia.

Australia, the world’s largest exporter of coal, is addicted to fossil fuels, which generate most of its electricity and drives much of its transport system.

In the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, conservationists say a small but significant step has been taken towards a cleaner energy future.

After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Which would you choose: an electric car with low charging costs and five hours charging time or a traditional car? Why?
2. How do you understand the term “cleaner energy”?
3. Do you know anybody who has an electric or a “hybrid” car? Who is this? Is this person happy with the car?

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