Review: The Revenge of the Electric CarPosted by lucylangdon in blog June 26, 2012
The short version: find this film and watch it. It’s insightful, hopeful, beautifully shot, and, the true mark of a good documentary, tells a story.
TRofEC is a full feature film and tells the story of four pioneers at the forefront of the electric car’s resurgence. It’s a follow-up to 2006’s Who Killed the Electric Car, but I hadn’t seen that and the narrative still worked.
Director Chris Paine (also responsible for Who Killed the Electric Car) introduces us to Mr Detroit (the charismatic Bob Lutz, GM Exec), The Warrior (the ruthless Carlos Ghosn, Nissan CEO and President), Rocket Man (the determined Elon Musk, Tesla CEO) and The Outsider (the likeable Greg ‘Gadget’ Abbott – a freethinking electric-car loving engineer). Each in their own way is racing to make electric cars the most desirable and attainable car on the road. For Nissan, Tesla and GM, the stakes are particularly high.
Although each of these characters brings something to the film, the most candid and dramatic content comes from the astonishingly ambitious Elon Musk; a self-made millionaire with five sons and a plan to put a man on Mars within a decade.
A thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes that will leave you with a solid understanding of what’s going on in the world of electric cars.