New motors for old cars
Would you like an electric car for around town?
Do you love classic cars?
London Electric Cars may have the answer. The company converts classic cars to electric power. They add an electric motor and batteries to an existing chassis.
Matthew Quitter uses a Morris Minor as his transport in London. He claims that he can charge it once a week for one pound.
He also benefits from laws in Britain.
· Classic cars do not pay road tax
· Electric cars do not pay congestion charges in London
· Insurance costs for classic cars are lower
His business, London Electric Cars, produces conversion kits for classics, including Land Rovers. Other companies can even offer electric conversions for Ferraris.
Other companies use accident-damaged electric cars to power their classic conversions.
What is a classic car?
What advantages do electric cars have?
What classic would you like to convert?
Match the words from the text with the definitions, highlight below for solutions
classic – something from a previous time
to convert – to change or alter
accident – an event that wasn’t planned
existing – not new, already made
chassis – the framework of a car
to charge (a battery) – to put power into
to benefit – to get an advantage
congestion charge – the price you pay to drive in London
a kit – a set of parts or tools
Question forms. There are two questions in the text and three in the ‘questions’ paragraph. What is the word order in the questions? How many verbs do they have?
The subject is placed after the first verb. The question using ‘to be’ have one verb (is), the other have two. A modal or auxiliary (would/do) plus the main verb (like/love/have/like)