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Revenge of the Electric Car: Filmmakers explore the future of EVs

Ten years after they killed the electric car, the movie declares it’s back.

Revenge of the Electric Car tells the story of four men struggling to make the electric vehicle, or EV, a viable reality, not to mention save their own skins. The movie, directed by Chris Paine (who also made Who Killed the Electric Car), attracted a full house at an event on The University of Texas campus Tuesday.

Tim Robbins narrates as the filmmakers follow EV research and development at General Motors, Nissan and Tesla motor companies, and one quirky guy converting classic cars to electric in his garage, for three years.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, of PayPal and SpaceX fame (and a keynote speaker at SXSW 2013), goes from promising start to the brink of disaster and back, thanks to investments and a Department of Energy grant. General Motors vice chair Bob Lutz, ironically the man responsible for killing GM’s EV1 (the subject of Paine’s earlier movie), becomes an unlikely champion of the hybrid Volt.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn stakes the company’s entire future on the all-electric Leaf. And Greg “Gadget” Abbott, Paine’s neighbor (how else would anyone have heard of him?), tries to start a one-man revolution. None of them find the going easy, giving the film plenty of drama.


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