Again, read through the excerpt below, which is the opening to a longer text. What do you notice while reading, without knowing much about the source overall?
“WILL THE TESLA MODEL 3 RECHARGE THE U.S. ELECTRIC VEHICLE MARKET?”
Few product launches in recent memory have captured as much attention as last week’s unveiling of the Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle (EV), Tesla’s first vehicle pitched at the mass market.
Orders were flooding in even before Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the car to a giddy audience last Thursday evening, with prospective buyers queuing at Tesla stores throughout the day to place a deposit on a vehicle they might not even receive for two years or more.
Musk made the case for EVs being “really important for the future of the world,” combating rising greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
The Model 3 is really important for the future of Tesla and the future of EVs. It promises the sales growth that automotive wunderkind Tesla needs to survive and renews interest in a technology that is yet to have significant real-world impact. Yet even with the introduction of Tesla’s flashy new sedan, more pieces need to be in place before the EV market goes truly mainstream.
Battery prices dropping
When the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf battery-electric vehicle hit U.S. showrooms in December 2010, the price of gasoline was rising, and so were expectations for the future of EVs.
Shortly after, President Obama articulated the goal of having one million EVs on U.S. roads by 2015, and committed billions of investment in EV manufacturing capacity, recharging infrastructure deployment and vehicle purchase incentives.
Question for consideration:
As you read through the passage above, what distinguishing features about the text stand out to you?
Features you noted might include:
- title is in the form of a question
- seems to focus on current events
- short paragraphs, often only 1 sentence long
- sentences are fairly long and complex
- two hyperlinked phrases section header, “Battery Prices Dropping”
- formal tone