VOA慢速英语(翻译+字幕+讲解):卢旺达迈出环保新一步
日期:2019-08-31 22:58

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Rwanda Urges Young People to Use Electric Motorcycles

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Rwanda says its citizens should consider using electric motorcycles in an effort to protect the environment and cut fuel costs

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Passengers and motorcyclists say the electric vehicles could change how Rwandans do business.

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James Musisi is one of 10 drivers who have started using the motorcycles in what is known as the moto-taxi business — motorcycle taxis. He says the vehicles are quiet, which means passengers are able to make telephone calls while they travel.

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Electric motorcycles are relatively low in cost when compared to other vehicles. One such bike costs $1,300. That is less than the $1,600 price for motorcycles that require fuel. Musisi notes that the electric bikes also require fewer repairs.

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Kigali, Rwanda's capital, has two charging stations for electric powered vehicles. A moto-taxi driver has to bring a dead battery to take a charged one, which runs for 70 kilometers. The price for recharging an electric vehicle is equal to the cost of the fuel for traditional motorcycles.

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In 2016, four business leaders formed a start-up company called Ampersand. Its aim is to create a mass market for commercial electric motorcycles in Rwanda.

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Josh Whale is the company's chief executive officer. He has high hopes for electric motorcycles in Rwanda.

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He says, "For electricity, we found that the grid is sufficiently reliable in Kigali. There has been a lot of investment made in new (electric) transmission lines, which are operating well, so everything is good for us."

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Environmental efforts

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Engineer Collete Ruhamya is director-general of Rwanda's Environment Management Authority. She says the country has become an important player in the environmental protection movement.

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"I don't see why Rwanda should be behind. I think it's the right time for Rwanda to come forward," she said.

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame recently announced that his government plans to replace all motorcycles with new electric ones.

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He said, "We will find a way to replace the ones you have now. We urge taxi-moto operators to help us when the phase-out process comes."

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The push for electric motorcycles follows other moves the government has taken to protect the environment and keep Kigali clean.

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Rwanda banned plastic bags over 10 years ago. And last year, it banned single-use plastic materials, including water bottles.

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The United Nations notes that 8 million tons of plastic end up each year in the world's oceans, poisoning sea life and harming fisheries.

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重点解析

1. in an effort to 为了

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In effort to got a good score, you should work hard.
为了取得好成绩,你应该好好工作)]k8#|LdG*)HtD*CV

2.come forward 向前

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it is the right time for you to come forward.
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3.plan to 计划

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She plan to live in America.
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参考译文

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卢旺达敦促年轻人开电动摩托车

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卢旺达表示,该国公民应该考虑使用电动摩托车,以保护环境并降低燃料成本

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乘客和摩托车手表示,电动车可能会改变卢旺达人做生意的方式Tq][+IP5@J^_v*a1

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詹姆斯·穆西西是最早开始在摩托车出租行业开电单车的10名司机之一+@qIztIKj.vo7;;w(*q

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这一行业就是著名的摩托车出租(motorcycle taxis)行业Duf4f9y4iy)bgg

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他说,这些车辆很安静,这意味着乘客可以在旅途中打电话QKig#hM9nJ6Ux+1%x

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与其他车辆相比,电动摩托车的成本相对较低1AK9(OqnEBEUcb

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一辆这样的车售价约1300美元ur5L+c)CiJ[c

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这价格低于需要燃油的摩托车的价格,其售价1600美元VJ=V.G#(a0cOLQpX

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穆西西指出,电动自行车很少需要维修J90OU4~KF.awbU9VP#

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卢旺达首都基加利有两个电动汽车充电站bNJmWW]osg3a~bku^

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一名摩的司机必须带着一块没电的电池来充电,电池可以跑70公里bv#bFfnfn,^8T

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电动汽车的电费相当于传统摩托车的燃料成本Ujkx=bWosZy9[SCV|O8Z

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2016年,四位商界领袖成立了一家名为Ampersand的初创公司M-3@i1OqTM1+&x(,ac

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它的目标是在卢旺达为商业电动摩托车创造一个大众市场)LyZk]BgFI=kb

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Josh Whale是该公司的首席执行官m-9mIy|az);*Y=;[l*C

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他对卢旺达的电动车前景寄予厚望NWL5_7N*qYYNT*[hm

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他说:“在电力方面,我们发现基加利的电网足够可靠sVWpJBkGsGu%g;G!3z(。”

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我们在新的(电力)输电线路上进行了大量投资,这些线路运行良好,所以对我们来说一切都准备就绪nfu2@4(SlaFN&i_v

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工程师Collete Ruhamya是卢旺达环境管理局局长d_3Tm&)jtQl@E]6Tl

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她说,城市已经成为环境保护运动的重要参与者Cp=aK7Qd_)

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她说“我不明白为什么卢旺达应该落后nJjfL_Cx!V

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我认为现在是卢旺达站出来的正确时机y;I+)ONbV6ARg2X*eP。”

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卢旺达总统保罗·卡加梅最近宣布,他的政府计划用新的电动摩托车取代所有的摩托车l_mE9*wKkem2NkKH0

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他说:“我们会找到一种方法来取代你现在的交通方式al[gVHxWll][

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"我们敦促出租车运营商在逐步淘汰的潮流中帮助我们c#kR_84DsiZt&1-ta0Ev。”

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在推出电动摩托车之前,政府还采取了其他措施来保护环境和保持基加利的清洁U8H9%#tVTs(DMFvTJ(3@

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卢旺达在十多年前就禁止使用塑料袋wOOq;YzCazdh;l2~

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去年,它颁布法令禁止使用一次性塑料材料,包括塑料水瓶XA;L+K8pjQemy@S4

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联合国指出,每年会有800万吨塑料流入海洋,毒害海洋生物,也损害了渔业,2cyDm(QE&_GNH

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  • urgevt. 驱策,鼓励,力陈,催促 vi. 极力主张 n.
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  • protectvt. 保护,投保
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