Nowadays, many people are trying to lead more energy-efficient lives to protect the environment. One particularly useful thing people can do is purchase an electric car. Most people are aware that electric cars are far more energy-efficient than traditional fuel-burning cars. However, __1__ they may not realize is that once they have bought an electric car, the music they listen to while driving also affects their energy consumption.
An experiment __2__ by a South Korean car manufacturer in 2022 invited a number of drivers to drive their new electric cars. The company asked the drivers, who were all new to electric vehicles, to drive their cars over an 18-mile distance, __3__ a traffic jam moving along at a glacial pace, country roads and expressways with dual lanes.
Some of these drivers were instructed to listen to Beethoven while driving. Others were required to listen to a range of pop artists, such as Kanye West and Adele. The results revealed that the relaxing nature of Beethoven’s music resulted in those cars using __4__ than the cars whose drivers listened to pop music. This is because pop music tends to have a higher tempo and heavier beat.
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So, if you own an electric car but still want to make a greater environmental __5__, you can listen to your favorite piece of classical music. However, if you don’t care about power consumption and want to drive faster, just put on some fast-paced pop tracks!
What Did You Learn?
1. (A) who (B) how (C) when (D) what
2. (A) conducted (B) questioned (C) disciplined (D) retained
3. (A) estimated at (B) depending on (C) inclusive of (D) characteristic of
4. (A) more solar energy (B) less battery power
(C) slower vehicle speed (D) faster payment method
5. (A) disaster (B) contribution (C) invasion (D) assessment
1. (D) 2. (A) 3. (C) 4. (B) 5. (B)
Word in Use
1. energy-efficient a. 節能的
Lily replaced her old washing machine with an energy-efficient one.
2. purchase vt. 購買，採買
Molly purchased a lot of fresh ingredients for her family before she went on vacation.
3. consumption n. 消耗
The rapid increase in oil consumption has led scientists to search for alternative energy.
4. experiment n. 實驗
The success of the experiment gave me a feeling of satisfaction.
5. manufacturer n. 製造商
Toyota is one of the major manufacturers of automobiles in Japan.
1. be aware + that 子句 知道／察覺…
I wasn’t even aware that Gordon was ill.
2. at a glacial pace 以極緩慢的速度
The nuclear power plant is being constructed at a glacial pace.
3. a range of 一連串的；一系列的
The graduate went through a range of interviews before being offered the job.
4. result in. . . 導致／造成…
Sometimes, hesitation can result in missed opportunities.
5. tend to V 往往會…，有…的傾向
People tend to celebrate happy events such as weddings and births.