Revenge of the Electric Car

Revenge of the Electric Car

Streaming Video - 2011
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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. A follow-up to the provocative documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
Publisher: [United States] : Cinedigm, 2011.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 90 min.)) :,sd., col.
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akirakato
Dec 30, 2018

Directed by Chris Paine in 2011, this 90-minute documentary focuses on four entrepreneurs from 2007 through the end of 2010 as they fight to bring the electric car back to the world market in the midst of the 2008 global recession.
One of them is Elon Musk---the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX as well as co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc. furthermore, co-founder and CEO of Neuralink; and co-founder of PayPal.
In December 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People.
As of October 2018, he has a net worth of $22.8 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 54th-richest person in the world.
He seems quite good at sensing a good opportunity.
Founded in July 2003 by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, under the name Tesla Motors, Tesla, Inc. specializes in electric car manufacturing.
Elon Musk joined Tesla Motors with J. B. Straubel and Ian Wright, all of whom are retrospectively allowed to call themselves co-founders of the company.
Musk, who formerly served as chairman and is the current chief executive officer, said that he envisioned Tesla Motors as a technology company and independent automaker, aimed at eventually offering electric cars at prices affordable to the average consumer.
However, he's in trouble now.

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Derringer
Dec 24, 2018

When it comes to environmentally-friendly automobiles - The whole idea, in this day and age, is to build them fast, fun, and clean. But (as this documentary clearly points out) - This isn't as easy a task to achieve as it may sound.

For the most part - "Revenge of the Electric Car" was a fairly satisfying presentation. But, it still leaves the mass-production of such a vehicle something that has yet to be fully realized.

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ManMachine
Dec 06, 2018

Yes. Indeed. Director, Chris Paine is back once again.

"Revenge of the Electric Car" (from 2012) is a slick and expensively-produced sequel to "Who Killed the Electric Car" (from 2006).

And, after all was said and done in this "good guy/bad guy" debate about backing a nationwide campaign for promoting the electric car - You can be sure that the greedy, gas-guzzling car manufacturers (who have a literal strangle-hold on the auto industry) aren't about to let the mere nuisance of proposed electric transportation interfere with their yearly, 8-digit profits.

Yep. You can be mighty sure of that!

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grammaE
Mar 07, 2016

Really good movie.

real_thing Jan 15, 2016

George Bush took it from us. We need it now

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melek
Dec 27, 2015

Could have been a very good documentary, but could have gone much further. So, interesting in what it revealed, disappointing in what it didn't. Way too much time devoted to 'Gadget', far too little to Musk. And it made Lutz the Putz out to be a 'hero' while his idea of 'the future' is buying Fisker's tooling and slamming in Corvette ZR1 engines, creating the 'Destino'. All the while slamming electric and high mpg/low emissions vehicles as "lame" all over the internet and car blogs. Maybe he should become a politician, lie as he does to our faces. So, this was very disappointing to me. Making a hero out of the enemy is not my kind of documentary. I wonder how many cigars Paine got for his baby-glove portrayal of the biggest killer of technology ever in the auto business.

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ottawabooknerd
Feb 02, 2013

You have to wonder if GM subsidized this movie. They were portrayed so negatively in the first one, and now they are shown in a good light. The whole documentary might be a marketing scheme for GM/ Nissan/ Tesla, etc.
Elon Musk, Bob Lutz and Carlos Ghosn are very interesting characters.
Sequels usually disappoint me but this one didn't.

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smichal
Aug 20, 2012

I enjoyed this documentary as much as "Who Killed the Electric Car?" etc. Neat to see the next generation of youngsters like the cute Elon! They should have another update in a few years to see how it all pans out. I can't afford an EV. The prices will have to come down further. Why wasn't Toyota Prius featured in this movie? Last question - with electric cars the electricity still needs to be generated (dirty grid as they called it). So I don't know what is worse - pollution of gasoline cars vs pollution of coal burning plant or whatever plus disposal of all those batteries!

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docjnsuss
Jul 14, 2012

An interesting documentary about the renewed interest in and development of a new generation of electric cars. Gasoline and electric cars competed in the early 1900s but once gas and oil became abundant the electric car went the way of the dodo bird. GM introduced a new line of electric vehicles in the 1990s but soon scraped the plan as well as the EV1 vehicles. The movie documents the development of new electric cars by three of the major players. This includes the Volt by GM, the Nissan Leaf and the full electric sports cars and sedans being made by Tesla Motors. Since the movie was made other carmakers such as Toyota, BMW and Mitusbishi are ramping up the production of either hybrids or full electric cars.

aaa5756 May 10, 2012

DVD was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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