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Revenge of the Electric Car

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Revenge of the Electric Car
Mon/Tues April 23/24, 2012.
Behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and Tesla Motors, this film tells the story of the global resurgence of electric cars by following the major car makers jumping to produce new electric models and to be the first, the best, and to win over the public. By the director of Who Killed the Electric Car
USA, 2011, documentary, 90min. Directed by Chris Paine, written by Paine and P.G. Morgan.

Two Screenings!  Monday Apri 23, and Tuesday April 24

Local electric vehicle enthusiasts will bring their vehicles for display before the screenings.  Our panel will include a member of the VEVA (Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association) to speak about the myths around  electric cars..... join us for these film events!

MORE ABOUT THIS FILM

By 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back... with a vengeance.

In Revenge of the Electric Car, 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. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.

With almost every major car maker now jumping to produce new electric models, Revenge follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself.

Revenge of the Electric Car is narrated by Tim Robbins. The primary cast includes CEO and President of Renault and Nissan Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk, Former Vice Chairman of GM Bob Lutz and EV do-it-yourselfer Greg “Gadget” Abbott.



Director's statement

"Sometimes change, like a train in the old West, gets stopped dead in its tracks. That was the story of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" The villains were the same guys who always hold things up when real progress is in the air. Pistol-waving business lobbyists fighting for their old monopolies, simpleton leaders defending the status quo, and the tendency for most of us to stay in our seats rather then board new trains.

So it's a rare privilege to be able to tell the story of how sometimes change has too much momentum to be stopped. You can't kill an idea whose time has come.
For this film, we wanted to do something different. Last time we followed a group of activists fighting from the outside. This time, we follow four entrepreneurs battling from the inside. Each one let us in on their journey over three years on condition that we would not release any footage until 2011.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk puts his personal fortune on the line. Bob Lutz, GM's Vice Chair, stakes the entire brand on the very technology it once tried to kill. Nissan's CEO, Carlos Ghosn, bets the farm on a car almost no one believes can happen. And my neighbor, Greg 'Gadget' Abbott, like thousands of other car converters around the world, sets out to prove you can do it yourself. The challenges they face are as tough as capitalism can be cagey.

But the prize if they succeed is really for all of us: the reinvention of the car without gasoline, and potentially without fossil fuel at all."