Revenge of the Electric Car

GM’s assembly line delivers bouncing baby Volt

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Chris Paine and the Revenge crew (Sean, Craig, Jessie, and Jessica) are proud to say that they are among the first film crews ever to professionally film mass production of an EV. (Of Of course, this is mostly because no one has made them in so long.) Since GM will be one of the first to the EV market with its Volt in 2011, we came to film them being put together through the multiple stages of the car manufacturing process.

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Send us your EV REVENGE stories

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Since the release of Who Killed the Electric Car? in 2006 and a steady stream of fan mail from all over the world, we can really sense a global community of electric car supporters who want to see all-electric vehicles replace the inefficient and costly gas-powered cars on the roads. And every now and then we hear about someone like Roque Haines and our electric hearts completely melt. Roque works as a contractor for Space Station Safety at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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Tesla + Toyota

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Tesla has breathed new life into the recently shut down NUMMI plant in Fremont, announcing its plans last week to team up with Toyota to start making its $50,000 electric Model S at the NUMMI plant. That means they will be hiring 1,000 workers, and possibly creating 10 times that number of jobs down the road. Resurrection of NUMMI auto plant by Tesla and Toyota lifts spirits all over Fremont.

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BMW takes REVENGE

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Last week Chris Paine moderated a panel on electric vehicles at the Opportunity Green business conference in Los Angeles. Among the panelists sat Richard Steinberg of BMW, where he leads battery electric vehicle programs in the US markets, including the MINI E and BMW ActiveE programs. “BMW ActiveE?&#

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Leaf Gets iPhone Control

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Another Leaf-note: It’ll be iPhone friendly. Read more in the article: Nissan Leaf electric car gets iPhone control. From the article: “All Nissan Leafs (Leaves?) will come with a cellular data radio built in. While the vehicle is at a charging station, it’ll be able to send updates to your phone, telling you when it’s finished suckling go-juice.&#. Here is the full text of the article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Nissan Leaf electric car gets iPhone control.

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Second Graders Take Revenge

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Executive Producer Stefano Durdic made a visit to Chicago’s Academy for Global Citizenship today, to give the students at this public contract school a chance to tour the Tesla Roadster and learn about electric cars. The young students had the same questions about electric cars that most adults have: “How fast does it go?&#. “Does it make any noise?&#. “How long does it take to charge the battery?&#. “Is it expensive?&#.

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Smart Move

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Smart will be launching a test fleet of 250 electric cars in selected areas, including: Portland, San Jose, Indianapolis, Orlando, and the Washington, D.C. – Boston Corridor. Read more in the article: Smart to Launch Test Fleet of Electric Cars. By Mike Ramsey for the Wall Street Journal. From the article: “The car would be leased for four years at $599 a month and would be under warranty during the full period. It would have a projected range of 82 miles and would be limited to 62.5

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Ford Starts EV Test Drives

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Ford is starting EV trials in Germany. For more details, follow the link … Ford Plans to Start Electric-Car Tests in Germany Next Month. “Ford Motor Co. will start a two-year test program of electric Focus compact cars and Transit vans in Germany on Jan. 4 as the U.S. company prepares to introduce battery-powered models as early as next year.

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LEAF – Made in the UK

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Nissan Leaf Electric Car to be Made in the UK. “Japanese car manufacturer Nissan announced today that it would build its new energy efficient electric car, the Nissan Leaf, in the UK. The decision represents an investment of some £420 million ($642 million) from Nissan in electric vehicles which will be spent in the UK. The company had already made a pledge to invest around £178 million ($273 million) in a new manufacturing plant in Sunderland, in the north-east of England.

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Nissan Leaf – Taking Reservations

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Nissan's new electronic vehicle, the Leaf. (AP AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File). Nissan began accepting reservations for its eagerly anticipated Nissan Leaf today. After a federal tax credit and state rebate, the price of these cars will come out at around a cool 20k. Funny that this article cites “a shortage of public charging stations&# as the sole reason for auto makers scrapping electric vehicles in the 1990s.

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Tesla To Offer Auto Leases

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2010 Tesla Roadster. Tesla is hoping its new leasing strategy will help usher in a new round of early adopters into the mainstream. Read more in the article: Tesla to Offer Auto Leases. ‘Starting Wednesday, the 2010 Roadster, which competes against exotic sport cars like the Porsche 911, will be available on a three-year, 30,000-mile lease based on the manufacturer’s price of $111,005, Tesla said.

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The Power of Electric

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Cast and Crew: Stefano, Alexandra, and Gary. When Google asked for submissions of a 90 second video on the benefits of plug in cars to show at a 2008 Washington DC Brookings-Google Electric Car conference, Alexandra Paul and Stefano Paris decided to rise to the challenge! With Stefano’s friend Gary Winterboer, they shot this video at a local gas station using Alexandra’s RAV4-EV and Stefano’s EVO.

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EV’s in England

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The EV revolution continues in England’s second city, Birmingham. Read more about it in: Electric Car Trials Begin in Birmingham. In the Birmingham News.Net. “ELECTRIC car trials have begun in Birmingham with 25 motorists testing new ecologically-friendly vehicles… The drivers will pay £350 a month to lease one of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV cars being tested and will report on their experiences over the year.

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Special Guests at an LA Rally

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Revenge of the Electric Car director Chris Paine attended the “LA Get Off Oil Day&# rally in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 2 2nd, where Chelsea Sexton from Who Killed the Electric Car? was also spotted, along with author and radio personality Richard Greene, LA’s mayor, members of NRDC, The Sierra Club, Heal the Bay, and more.

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Tesla Tribute

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Our Consulting Producer Chelsea Sexton has written a tribute to the three Tesla employees who lost their lives in Wednesday’s plane crash in Palo Alto: We lost a few of our own yesterday; there’s just no other, more elegant way to say it. The electric vehicle community is a close knit one and too small to begin with. To all of us, Doug Bourn, Brian Finn and Andrew Ingram were colleagues. To the employees of Tesla Motors, they were family and friends.

Trainspotting

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©Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post. One morning just over a year ago, I was surprised to see the above photo taken from President Obama’s Washington, DC-bound train appear in a Washington Post collection from the inauguration. It was still a novelty to see anything pro-EV in a major publication, but what struck me at the time was that I had no idea who these people in Delaware were.

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National Plug In Day this Sunday

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This weekend is a big weekend for electric vehicles: Sunday, September 23rd is National Plug In Day , organized by Plug In America , the Sierra Club , and the Electric Auto Association. For example, the Chicago area EV enthusiasts are gathering at the Christian Community Church parking lot,1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville, IL at 2pm to open the doors of dozens of electric cars and electric conversions to community members who want to talk to EV drivers and learn more about the cars.

UK release this week

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You've asked for it, and this week you've got it: the film releases in theatres in the UK on July 20th, and tickets are available now for screenings at the Empire Leicester Square. Grab your best mate and head to the cinema to take REVENGE for the electric car and see this film! The film will also be able to be streamed online at Dogwoof.tv for subscribers, and will be on DVD on August 6th. Pre-order the film now!

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Notes from the road: a guest post from Portland

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As Portland, OR gears up for yet another screening of Revenge, local EV'er and filmmaker J Bills recounts the scene at the Portland premiere back in November: Here in Portland, we still talk about the last time Chris Paine rolled through town with a movie; an early screening of 2006’s seminal “Who Killed the Electric Car?” ” that rallied the local electric army and provided a slingshot of momentum as the film hit the circuit.

At Home with Bob Lutz

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We went to Detroit recently to see Bob Lutz. In these turbulent times, we wanted to know how the Vice Chair of GM was getting along. We found Bob smoking a cigar on his Segway. Which was definitely my favorite visual of the trip. Lutz lives in a spread that can best be described as “bucolic,” in a quietly lovely suburb outside of Detroit. This was not the land of the $7,500 homes we’d been reading about.

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Chelsea Sexton test drives the Leaf

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Who Killed the Electric Car? alumnus and Revenge of the Electric Car consultant Chelsea Sexton recently got her turn to test drive the Nissan Leaf, and posted her findings on AutoBlogGreen : After inviting hundreds of people to Japan to check out the production-ready Leaf electric vehicle, Nissan has begun a much smaller effort in launch markets in the U.S., thus far conducting test drives in San Diego and Los Angeles, California.

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‘Revenge’ Hits Indiana

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Director Chris Paine was in Indianapolis this week to film for ‘Revenge.’ ’ More details in this TV report: Filmmaker in Ind. for electric car doc. Here is the full text of the article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Filmmaker in Ind. for electric car doc. Updated: Friday, 12 Feb 2010, 6:51 AM EST. Published : Friday, 12 Feb 2010, 6:02 AM EST. * By: Debby Knox. Indiana is slated to be the leading state in the development of electric cars.

PBS looks into the Electric Future

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Ahead of the Copenhagen summit, PBS look into the electric future in Denmark — and checks. in with Project Better Place. Watch the show here.

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REVENGE Director Gallivants Across Europe

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Leaving the producers and editors to fend for themselves for a few days during post-production, Chris Paine is headed to Europe for some important events in the EV sphere. He’ll be participating in another electric car rally, then filming the grand opening of the new Danish Tesla dealership. After speaking in Copenhagen on June 30th about Revenge of the Electric Car and on the importance of confronting the oil disaster in the United States, he’s headed to the Roskilde Music Festival.

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One out of four consumers interested in electric vehicles

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One out of four consumers interested in electric vehicles. From the USA Today Article: One out of four consumers say they would be willing to consider a plug-in electric car next time they are shopping for a new vehicle, Consumer Reports says one of its polls found. Seven percent said it is “very likely&# they would buy one. Here’s the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link].

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Letter from Copenhagen

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Late night on the streets of Copenhagen, and biting cold. It was a dark and snowy night. But what I really wanted was…a bicycle. Two weeks in on a trip to Denmark and my perspective on weather and transportation had shifted. The fastest way across town was on a bike regardless of conditions. Sure, an electric car would be nice, but that would have been last Sunday, when the nearly 80 electric vehicles in a “CO2 Race&# combed the streets of Copenhagen. They were long gone.

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A whirlwind of Music and Danish EVs

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Chris just back from a week in Denmark shooting a short film for the next UN Climate Conference this coming December. He and his crew profiled a young American band from New Jersey, Titus Andronicus , as they arrived at the Roskilde Music Festival to play one of Europe’s biggest music festivals.

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USA Broadcast Premiere, and DVDs in Whole Foods

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This month, Revenge of the Electric Car celebrates Earth Day with some great new ways to see the film. Still available on DVD online, and streaming on multiple outlets over the internet, we're happy to announce our USA broadcast premiere of the film this month! Starting April 19th, Revenge of the Electric Car will be on TV on the Independent Lens documentary series on PBS.

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Aptera delays 2e until 2010

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Big changes at Aptera … more details ( plus official press release ) after the jump: Officially Official: Aptera production pushed back to 2010. By Domenick Yoney for Autobloggreen. According to the company, fund raising efforts didn’t keep pace with vehicle development and so they’re taking measures to slow the burn, as it were.

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Gearing up for the month of Earth Day, 2012

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Next month the world will draw its attention to Earth Day on April 22nd, and over the next several weeks we're all guaranteed to see more environmental action and activism in the news. The filmmakers of "Revenge of the Electric Car" urge you to bring electric vehicles to the front of the conversation next month, so we can introduce alternative energy mobility to more people and free us from inefficient oil dependance.

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Talking with Thomas Friedman

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Thomas Friedman (left) and Chris Paine (right). Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and noted New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman blazed through town recently to promote his new book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America.&#. Tom graciously sat still for our camera long enough to share some of his insights about the interrelated nature of our present economic and ecologic woes.

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Are You Plugged In?

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The Wall Street Journal assesses your EV readiness. Are You Plugged In? By Mara Lemos Stein. Here is the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. By MARA LEMOS STEIN. Some of the first plug-in electric passenger vehicles are slated to roll onto U.S. streets later this year. Are you ready? Test your knowledge with this Wall Street Journal quiz. The Journal Report. See the complete Energy report.

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A big week for electric vehicles

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This week is HUGE for electric vehicle advocacy. REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR RELEASES ON DVD JANUARY 24TH! And on that very same day the town of Normal, IL will take delivery of 6 electric fleet vehicles from Mitsubishi, as part of the EVtown collaborative- an effort to make Bloomington-Normal, IL a model town for the future of electric cars.

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Coulomb Gets Charged Up

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Coulomb Technologies are moving into EV charging. More details — and a nice namecheck for ‘Revenge’ – after the jump: Harris: Coulomb Technologies gets funding for electric car charging stations. “The director of the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?&# is now filming the sequel, “Revenge of the Electric Car.&#

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Tesla Announces IPO

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According to their SEC filing, California electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. plans sell up to $100 million in an initial public offering. Read more in the LA Times story: Tesla Motors plans $100-million IPO. From the article: “California electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. plans sell up to $100 million in an initial public offering, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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When Will EVs Hit Primetime?

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This Christian Science Monitor article takes an in-depth look at an age. old question for electric cars – When will electric cars make a real. presence in the world’s two largest passenger car markets (China and the. U.S.). Read more in the article: Can electric cars break out of niche status in US, China market? By Jaeah Lee for the Christian Science Monitor. Quote from the article: “Investors, too, are excited. Electric-car ventures made up nearly 40. percent of $1.9

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Happy New Year! The DVD Release.

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After opening a great theatrical run with so many great events, we're proud to announce that "Revenge of the Electric Car" releases on DVD on January 24th, 2012! We've jammed the DVD with all sorts of special features, including a 35-minute panel discussion after the premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this year- with Chris Paine, Dan Neil, Carlos Ghosn, Elon Musk, and moderated by David Duchovny.

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Enter the Russians

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Russia’s richest man, Mikhail Prokhorov, gets a nod of approval from Putin on his new electric car investments. Read more in the article: Putin Backs Russia’s First Electric Car Project. By Gleb Bryanski and Gleb Stolyarov for Reuters. From the article: “Russia’s richest man, Mikhail Prokhorov won early backing from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for his plan to start mass production of electric cars, Putin’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

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When Bob Met Elon … and Chris

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Chris Paine, Elon Musk, Bob Lutz. The Revenge team filmed a historic meeting in Detroit today — getting GM Vice President and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk together on camera for the first time. More details after the jump : Detroit’s Electric Avenue: The Street of Dreams? From the NY Times post: “Mr. Paine, who produced the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” arranged the historic meeting. He is reportedly in production on a sequel, “The Revenge of the Electric Car.”

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Tesla, Ford and Nissan win big with DOE grants

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We’ve been waiting for several months to hear this good news. Three EV pioneers, Tesla, Nissan and Ford, are receiving loans from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Totaling $8 billion, the funds will be used to manufacture efficient vehicles and electric drive components. In Tesla’s case, they’ll receive a total of $465 million to set up their factory in Southern California for the production of their hot Model S.

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Enter BMW — with Carbon Fiber

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2009 BMW Concept ActiveE. BMW MegaCity Urban Electric Car To Be Built of Carbon Fiber. By John Voelcker, Senior Editor for GreenCarReports.com. First, the raw feedstock to make carbon fibers–just call it a “polacrylonitrile-based precursor&# –is made in Japan by a joint venture between SGL and Mitsubishi Rayon and flown to the U.S.

MINI E charge station initial site inspection

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Stefano Paris at the November 19th, 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show unveiling of the MINI E. 200amp main electrical utility panel. If you’ve been following the BMW MINI E program unveiled officially on November 19th, 2008 at the Los Angeles Auto Show you’ll know the process for being selected as a potential MINI E driver is a multistep one. The window to apply for a lease of a MINI E was from November 19th to December 24th, 2008 via an hour long online questionnaire.

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Revenge is Upon Us

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REVENGE is growing strong, playing in theatres across the country, and the reviews have been glowing! Thank you to everyone who who requested the film in your area- we're still adding more locations and more screenings and putting together some great events for people to meet the filmmakers, the electric cars, and each other. Check out this behind-the-scenes video from our October 21st premiere in Los Angeles: "Revenge of the Electric Car" Premier in Los Angeles. from Steve Payne on Vimeo.