Revenge of the Electric Car

It's Alive!

Official film description

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.

Further reviews

Slick and beautifully photographed... a must-see movie for anyone interested in cars. – Chris Woodyard, USA Today

Fascinating and highly entertaining-- with an irresistible cast of characters... 'Revenge' is almost like Paine's first film turned upside down, and unprecedented access to the inner workings of GM, Nissan, and Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors. – Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

Sleekly designed with excellent mileage, 'Revenge' is a balm for beaten down times. A conversion narrative in several deftly interlocking parts, 'Revenge' tells the story of that rare moment when the bottom line finally dovetails with the greater good. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Chris Paine
Script: Chris Paine, P.G. Morgan
Production: P.G. Morgan, Stefano Durdic, Jessie Deeter, Papercut Films, WestMidWest Productions
Music: David Robbins
Actors: Elon Musk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tim Robbins, Dan Neil, Danny DeVito, Bob Lutz, Rick Wagoner
Year: 2012
Duration: 90 min
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Our age recommendation: 16
Screening rights: Papercut Films ()

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Main topic(s): Mobility
Secondary topics: car efficiency fossil fuel innovation
Mentions: car industry tesla electric car oil ev energy Renault Nissan Tesla Motors GM General Motors
Topic Page(s): Mobility

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