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


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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You can't kill an idea whose time has come.



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Way better than I expected it to be.
25 January 2012 | by gg-uninstallSee all my reviews

I wanted to see this documentary because I consider electric engines to be the future of the automotive industry, judging by the data that we now have. I have not seen the apparent prequel to this documentary, "Who killed the electric car?".

I regularly refer to IMDb as an indication of whether I may like a movie or not, and was not expecting much from a movie with a 5.8 score. As soon as the movie started, I was surprised that it looked like a well-made, high production value documentary with substance and actual behind-the-scenes footage of the industry. It has many interviews with Elon Musk and Bob Lutz from GM made for the film and covers the subject matter from multiple approaches.

It is a very enjoyable and informative documentary that actually made me feel good about the future.


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