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Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

 -  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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27 October 2011 | by (Leipzig) – See all my reviews

Todays electric cars are still a novelty and without some significant breakthrus will continue to be for some time.

Proponents of electric and hydrogen cars seem to forget to look into where the electricity or hydrogen comes from. There is no simple source of hydrogen. Electric power is still 50+% generated by fossil fuels in this country. Power generated by clean renewables still is a very small % of total power used in America. Power losses at every step of the way from the generator to the pavement for todays EV make it so a very large amount of power needs to be generated back at the coal fired power plant to get a few KW to the motor of the EV.

The people who think they can run their EV from a few sq feet of solar cells or a small windmill are very mistaken.

Maybe if you had 3000 - 5000 sq feet of solar cells you could get some useful miles out of your EV but that would be a a huge $$$ cost.

My website FuelHounds.com goes into detail on many of these topics.

No do not get me wrong. I think all the hard working, imaginative, future looking people here on the forum are doing a great service in trying to move EV's to the next plateau and I commend them for that effort.

I just know that it is not easy to to get some alternate fueled vehicle to be on par with todays conventional ICE powered auto.

I often think when on a 100 mile trip ,speed about 80 and AC blasting to keep down the 90+ outside temps, that there is NOT an electric car available at any price that can do that. Add to that for maybe $14 in fuel. Not a good situation but one that is very difficult to beat.

And do not get me going on the Tesla- At present time it is more hype that reality.


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