スミス英会話 TOEIC レッスンLesson 45 : (EVs)

This is a TOEIC Part 3 Type Listening Lesson (パート3:短い会話理解).  The topic of this one was TOYOTA and HONDA’s plan to get back into the electronic vehicle market in 2012.  Listen to the conversation and questions.  Then choose the answers and scroll down the page to see the video script, questions and answers.  The correct answers are shown in green. Good Luck!


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ビデオを再生すると映像に関する会話が英語で流れます。最後に、会話の内容に関する質問が流れます。質問に答えられるよう、頑張って聞き取って下さい!
ナチュラルなスピードの英語を使ったさまざまな問題を解くことで、速いスピードでの英語やネイティブの英語を聴きとるリスニング力、文章問題を解くスピードどちらも身につけていきましょう。

Listen to the following conversation. Then choose the correct answers to the 3 or 4 questions at the end of the lesson. Then scroll down to check the correct answers on the page below the video player. Good Luck!

中文: 听下面的对话,选择正确的回答,每章有三到四个问题。然后在视频播放器下面查看正确答案。祝你好运!

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TOEIC  Lesson 45 (EVs) VIDEO Script, Questions and Answers:

Script:

Al: John, it Looks like Toyota and Honda are going to jump into the electric vehicle market in 2012.

John: Really?  Why are they shooting for that time to introduce their new electric vehicles?  Is there some special reason?

Al: Well, in 2012 tighter environmental regulations will take effect in California which just so happens to have the largest number of drivers in the United States.

John: But I thought that Honda pulled its EVs out of the U.S. market back in the 90s due to sluggish sales and American’s continuing predilection for buying gas-guzzling SUVs.

Al: Yes, but Takenobu Ito, Honda’s CEO, said that they decided to get back into the market with EVs because of recent improvements in battery technology such as high performance lithium-ion batteries.

John: Well, it’s all about timing and preparing the market for the new product.  Just like the tablet PC that flopped when it was first introduced by Microsoft back in 2000 .  It took many generations of Apple iPods to get the market ready for the iPad and iPhone.  So all these hybrid cars have been leading up to the successful introduction of electric vehicles.

Al: Wow John, that’s a very profound observation!  But in a market like the U.S., driving range is an issue and I think GM’s Chevrolet Volt is a better solution!  It has a range of 610 km using the battery followed by electric current generated by the small gasoline engine. All its running power is provided by the electric motor.  It has replaced the Toyota Prius as the most fuel efficient car in the U.S. with an overall fuel economy rating of 60 mpg or 3.9 L/100 km combining both modes.

John: That’s great!  So GM still lives!

Al: Indeed!

Questions:

1. Why did Al say that Toyota and Honda were jumping back into the U.S. Electric vehicle market?

a)  Because Honda’s Takenobu Ito said it was time.

b)  Because fuel efficiency regulations will be tightened in California in 2012 so carmakers have to sell more  EVs.

c)   Because the iPad had raised people’s awareness of EVs.

d)  Because EVs were no longer gas-guzzling SUVs.

2. What did John say about the market?

a)  He said that the table PC had flopped in 2000 but the iPad had succeeded at that time.

b)  He said that the market was ready for the iPad and iPhone because EVs had flopped.

c)   He said it was all about timing and preparing the market for the introduction of new products.

d)  He said that lithium-ion batteries had prepared the market for EVs.

3. What did Al say about GM’s Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car?

a)  He said it was a better solution because it has a longer driving range.

b)  He said it was based on the Toyota Prius and its driving power switched between a gasoline engine and an electric motor.

c)   He said that all the driving power was provided by the gasoline engine and the electric motor just ran the air-conditioning and high power stereo.

d)  He said that Volt was GM’s lifeline for survival.

Answers: 1. b 2.  c 3. a

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