- What is an electric car? How about a gas-guzzling car?
- Which of the two would you prefer? Why?
- excess /ik-SES/
- unsafe /uhn-SEYF/
- regulate /REG-yuh-leyt /
- junk /juhngk /
- infrastructure /IN-fruh-struhk-cher/
[noun] – an amount that is more than acceptable, expected, or reasonable
The excess of rainfall caused flooding in the low-lying areas of the city.
[adjective] – not safe
The use of expired medications can be unsafe and potentially harmful to one’s health.
[verb] – to control something, especially by making it work in a particular way
The school enforced rules to regulate student behavior.
[adjective] – secondhand, worn, or discarded
She found a box of junk toys in the attic, filled with broken and outdated playthings.
[noun] – the basic systems and services, such as transport and power supplies, that a country or organization uses in order to work effectively
The internet service provider invested in expanding its network infrastructure to provide faster and more reliable internet access.
Limited access to credit and affordability drive the demand for used cars in African countries. This demand is predicted to rise as the West adopts electric vehicles, creating an excess of available used cars for export. However, the quality of these vehicles often declines as older and more polluting models are sold. Weak regulations on emissions and safety in West Africa enable the entry of environmentally harmful and unsafe cars. While efforts to tighten regulations have been made, enforcement remains uncertain. Discussions are underway to regulate the export of old or junk cars to developing nations, but no firm commitments have been made yet. Transitioning to electric vehicles could be a solution, but significant improvements in charging infrastructure are needed. Currently, affordability remains the primary factor influencing car purchases in West Africa.
- What is the potential consequence of the shift to electric vehicles in Western countries?
- Which regions are major exporters of used cars to West Africa?
- What factors drive the demand for used cars in African countries?
- Why are weak regulations on emissions and safety a problem in West Africa?
- What is the current state of enforcement regarding regulations on emissions and safety?
- If you were given the choice, which would you prefer, an electric car or one that runs on gasoline? Why?
- The article mentioned what the rise of electric cars does to vulnerable nations. Will that information affect your preference for cars?
- Do you think vulnerable countries are at a disadvantage in this situation?
- What are the environmental and climate-related implications of diverting used cars to vulnerable countries in West Africa?
- Why is there a high demand for used cars in African countries, and how does limited access to credit affect the affordability of new cars?