MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,578 this week

Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

 -  Documentary  -  20 July 2012 (UK)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 927 users   Metascore: 63/100
Reviews: 12 user | 37 critic | 18 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 01 Nov 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 04 Sep 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 11 Mar 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Revenge of the Electric Car.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Director: Chris Paine
Stars: Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey
Blackfish (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg
Side by Side (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

Director: Christopher Kenneally
Stars: Derek Ambrosi, Michael Ballhaus, Andrzej Bartkowiak
Inside Job (2010)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson
Stars: Matt Damon, William Ackman, Daniel Alpert
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

Director: Lauren Greenfield
Stars: Lorraine Barrett, June Downs, Phillip Froehlich
Freakonomics (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Tempestt Bledsoe, James Ransone, Morgan Spurlock
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: John Beard, Tim Belden, Barbara Boxer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the Ginza Tokio Subway station, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb
Stars: Jiro Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama
Food, Inc. (2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner
Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb
GasLand (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a... See full summary »

Director: Josh Fox
Stars: Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself - Narrator
Dan Neil ...
Himself - Columnist, Wall Street Journal
...
Himself - EV1 Driver
Ray Wert ...
Himself - Editor, Jalopnik
...
Himself
Gavin Newsom ...
Himself - Lieutenant Governor, California
Thomas Friedman ...
Himself - Columnist, New York Times
Bob Lutz ...
Himself - Vice Chairman, GM
Evelyn Chiang ...
Herself - VP, Tesla Motors
Elon Musk ...
Himself - CEO, Tesla Motors
Troy Nergaard ...
Himself - Tesla Engineer
J.B. Straubel ...
Himself - Chief Technical Engineer
Owen Thomas ...
Himself - Editor, Valleywag
...
Himself - Musician
...
Himself - Director, Iron Man
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 July 2012 (UK)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$17,482 (USA) (21 October 2011)

Gross:

$150,307 (USA) (16 December 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features The Colbert Report: Bob Lutz (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Welcome to Fantasyland, folks.
9 February 2012 | by (Dhaka, Bangladesh) – See all my reviews

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.


7 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Environmentally FRIENDLY? -NOT! nightbiker-1
Anybody have an EV and live in an apartm/condo with a shared garage? akoolaidroom
NYT disses Tesla Model S, Musk fights back mickeyone
2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla Model S Ghombie
Why does Tesla Model S use an inverter? mickeyone
Electric vehicles' popularity making inroads in U.S. and region mickeyone
Discuss Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page