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UK: Revenge of the Electric Car film review

Chris Paine’s new film, Revenge of the Electric Car, is a fascinating insight into an industry in transition.

In Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006), filmmaker Chris Payne was on a mission to discover why the electric car hadn’t caught on, focusing on GM’s failed EV1. His new film, which is released in UK cinemas on July 20, is a follow-up documentary that sets out to prove that you can’t keep a good idea down. And while its title, Revenge of the Electric Car, might give the game away as to the eventual positive conclusion, there is much along the way to enjoy – thanks in part to some fortuitous timing.
The premise of following two of the most influential players in the car industry, Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman of GM, and Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Nissan/Renault, is interesting enough. To do so when the industry is facing so much turmoil that GM is forced to apply for a government bailout makes this a rare insight into what happens when a big company gets it wrong.
On top of this Payne has thrown in Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla and Gregg “Gadget” Abbott, an off-the-wall engineer who converts classic cars to run on electric power.


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