Revenge of the Electric Car

The filmmakers that brought us the acclaimed documentary/murder mystery ‘Who Killed the Electric Car?’ are now gearing up for a film entitled, ‘Revenge of the Electric Car.’ Though it may sound like the title of a campy 1970s-style horror pic, it’s actually the second documentary from director Chris Paine to center on the idea of electric-only transportation for the mainstream market.

The original film, which garnered accolades from the Sundance Film Festival, the Writers Guild of America, and scores of others, explored the short and abrupt end to the life of the now legendary GM EV1 electric car. The film became the second highest grossing theatrically released documentary of 2006 by probing why such a revolutionary vehicle would ever be willfully destroyed by its creator. Chris Paine delved into the mystery by interviewing former GM employees, government insiders, and smattering of notable Hollywood-types.

According to the filmmakers, ‘Revenge,’ is neither a follow-up nor a sequel to the first film. In an FAQ section of the film’s website, they assert that this will be a “very different film—in tone, approach, and content.”

So what’s the crux of this film? The website’s answer is “electric cars are back from the dead.” The most famous of which is GM’s own Chevrolet Volt, which has become the flagship for the resurgence of the EV movement in the US and abroad. The film’s subject is no doubt a timely one, as manufacturers around the globe scramble to get their EVs to market amid fluctuating fuel prices that show no signs of stabilizing.

Furthermore, ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’ “tells the story of the EV renaissance, circa 2008-2010.” The film’s website goes on to say “From new cars to conversions to plug-in hybrids, we’ll follow the many strands of what is—literally—an electrifying story.” The ultimate question it will answer is, can EVs finally challenge the 100-year rule of gasoline engines, petrodollars, and entrenched interests? In other words, will the EV be killed again?


  • Samie

    Lets not get to carried away this documentary should take place in 2020 not in a few years. There is many variables and how much support will consumers, auto manufactures and government give to EV’s? Will the movement be slow or a faster pace?, eg reduced prices and maybe increased MPG’s on EV systems, and the most important part battery production and costs. Should be fun to watch and hopefully we have learned from lessons of the past.

  • GM basher

    The film is a bit premature. GM has only promises to point to. Don’t trust GM until it changes management or goes bankrupt.

  • TRex

    We we’ve built 6 electric vehicles in the last year, and hope to build a lot more this year; besides, documenting events as they happen takes insight, after the fact takes a lack of imagination.

    Michael TRex Kadie founder
    http://www.SSI-Racing.com

  • William Smith

    Revenge follows four contractors 2007-2011, as they struggle to bring the electric car back on the world market amid a global recession. So Who Killed ended with the destruction of nearly 5,000 electric cars in the program of the air in California, including the GM EV1, the new film returns to a whole new generation of electric cars, with car manufacturers including General Motors , Nissan and U.S. start-up Tesla Motors.

    Salvage Motorcycles

  • greg45

    I think there is so much that you can get from this documentary. They have done such a great job with it. You are able to get so much from it and what the future brings. courier service