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Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary  |  20 July 2012 (UK)
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Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.


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Revenge of the Electric Car presents the recent resurgence of electric vehicles as seen through the eyes of four pioneers of the EV revolution. Director Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car? 2006) has had unprecedented access to the electric car research and development programs at General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla Motors, while also following a part time electric car converter who refuses to wait for the international car makers to create the electric cars the public demands. As more models of electric cars than ever before start to arrive in showrooms and driveways across the world, Chris Paine's film offers an inspiring, entertaining and definitive account of this revolutionary moment in human transportation. Revenge of the Electric Car follows these auto makers as they race each other to create the first, best, and most publicly accepted electric cars for the new car market. Written by Michelle Kaffko

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Great sequel to "Who Killed the Electric Car".
28 June 2011 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

Bottom line- if you liked "Who Killed the Electric Car", you'll like "Revenge of the Electric Car". Where "Who" pointed fingers at people, government, and industry, "Revenge" tells the story of those working hard to bring about a renaissance of the Electric Car. This makes for a different tone in the movie, but the subject matter will seem familiar. Rather than tell the whole story, the movie focuses on representatives. Featured are a couple of large car companies, one making a battery electric, one making a extended range battery electric, a small car company battling amazing odds, and a small shop owner living his dream- converting gas engined cars with the highest possible quality, using carefully selected parts to try to out-do the major car companies. How do you out-do a major car company? Well, that's up to you, isn't it? It could be style, it could be uniqueness, it could be cost. In the case of the EV it could be range or charging time, top speed or durability. Sit back and relax, and drink it all in, as the story unfolds before you. This documentary is easily one of the finest I've seen in a long time. Thanks to the team for making the movie, and a particular thanks to the person who did the opening credits.

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