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
You remember Tesla, right? It's that band of Internet whiz kids, backed with Google bucks, who claimed its electric Roadster would revolutionize automobiles and show the Japan dinosaurs how things could be done. You needed buckets to catch the slobbering hype in the media, a reservoir to hold the wishful thinking. But the company lacked two key elements: experience in designing, building and selling cars and the billions of dollars needed to create a real car company, and a realist vision.
Before you EV fans strap me to a 10,000-volt chair, let me be clear: I'm convinced that electricity will play a bigger near-term role than, say, galactic spice gasses. But I've long argued that 100 percent battery-powered cars face a psychological barrier, far beyond what hybrids face. What really scares consumers, beyond the unfamiliar technology, is the idea of being stranded miles from home and the nearest electrical outlet.
General Motors has come up with a name for it: range anxiety. It's the reason that GM and Toyota have no interest in following Tesla's lead with a pure EV. The audience is just too limited. And, judging by the comments on this website, not too intellent either.
Are you really ready for a car that might travel 20 miles at best, and then need up to eight hours to fully recharge, folks? Be honest. If you are, you better call grandma and tell her you're going to be late. If you're an urban apartment dweller, as many green-minded folks are, you probably have no convenient outlet to recharge. Parking garages and curbsides could be wired up someday, but that day isn't now. All those New Yorkers and San Franciscans who might love an EV probably couldn't take the plunge, lacking a handy way to charge it.
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