Revenge of the Electric Car

GM’s assembly line delivers bouncing baby Volt

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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. Chris is pleased to announce that he and his crew were there live to see the completion of Chevy Volt pre-production car #100 at the Hamtramck Assembly Plant in Michigan. In 2005 we were editing Who Killed the Electric Car? And we feel that some very real changes are coming to the car industry.

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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. Two and a half years later, his car is fully electric!

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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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Lotus Reportedly Planning Electric Car

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After both Tesla and Chrysler chose the Elise and Europa, respectively, for their slot car-fast EVs, it only makes sense that the car company named after a flower would make its own “flower power&# speedster. Like the Volt, they are shooting for a 300 mile range with the first 40 miles all electric. The PHEV people are aiming at the 40 mile all electric range. You can see how the evolution to electric will happen. Lotus Evora 2+2. Well, it had to happen.

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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. “Now we can become the electric-car capital of the United States.&#. “With the new BART station and Solyndra and the electric-car plant, we’re becoming a cluster of green tech.

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Tom Hanks, The New Yorker — and Electric Cars

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We were delighted to see Tom Hanks’s letter in this week’s ‘New Yorker’ — singing the praises of electric vehicles and name checking ‘Who Killed the Electric Car ?’ Boyer, in his otherwise spot-on piece about the car industry, assumes that I once leased G.M.’s The source of Boyer’s slight inaccuracy may have been the documentary film “Who Killed the Electric Car?,” Tom Hanks in His Rav 4.

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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?&#.

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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. Read more in the article: Smart to Launch Test Fleet of Electric Cars. From the article: “The car would be leased for four years at $599 a month and would be under warranty during the full period. Smart also is joining a growing group of auto makers betting on electric vehicles.

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Electric Cars: Yes We Will

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The buzz is everywhere and completely electric in Washington DC this week. And some of that energy is headed directly to plug-in cars. We’ve heard electric cars mentioned time and again in our two days here, and we haven’t even been to Live Earth’s Green Gala yet. So its off to the Green Gala, and no doubt another great reference to electric cars. &# Words without thoughts, never to heaven go,&# as Shakespeare once wrote.

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Smart Meters and Electric Cars

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Ed Kjaer, the director of electric transportation for Southern California Edison, demonstrates how the Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle or MiEV plugs into their Garage of the Future at their Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona on Thursday, January 22, 2009. Smart meters and electric cars: a match made in efficiency. But an increasingly important energy resource is little more than a digital electric meter.

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NYC Goes EV

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This Tesla is one of a number of electric cars coming on the market. Will Electric Cars Give New York a Charge? From the article: ‘The New York study anticipates that by 2015, electric vehicle prices should decline because of reduced battery costs, that there will be a sufficient supply of electric vehicles to purchase, and that consumers will take advantage of the existing federal tax credit of $7,500 for new electric cars.

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Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

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Josh Hafenbrack posts this informative entry covering the status of Hasner’s Florida State electric car tax break on the SunSentinel.com. Florida State Representative (and House Majority Leader) Adam Hasner (R) has just introduced the bill HB 879 - Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicles. From Josh’s article: As the House Energy and Utilities Committee gave its stamp of approval to the measure, Hasner is planning a showing of “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

CNN namechecks ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’

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What next for GM, the Volt, and the director of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car’ … Tags: EV News Inside Track Who Killed the Electric Car GM Chevy Volt Detroit Check out this CNN segment from Nov 20th 2008.

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Ford Starts EV Test Drives

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For more details, follow the link … Ford Plans to Start Electric-Car Tests in Germany Next Month. will start a two-year test program of electric Focus compact cars and Transit vans in Germany on Jan. Ford Plans to Start Electric-Car Tests in Germany Next Month. will start a two-year test program of electric Focus compact cars and Transit vans in Germany on Jan. Ford is starting EV trials in Germany.

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The Power of Electric

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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! Tom Hanks, who owns 2 electric cars, stopped by the gas station to buy a drink, recognized Alexandra from their Dragnet days, and watched some of the filming. Alexandra Paul’s “Power of Electric&#.

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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. Nissan is committed to new fuel efficient green cars, expecting the market to fill 10 per cent of the auto industry by 2020.

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EV’s in England

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Read more about it in: Electric Car Trials Begin in Birmingham. “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. Mitsubishi says a small petrol car travelling 12,000 miles will cost around £1,200 but an electric car will cost just £115.&#.

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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? A large number of people at the rally were calling for more options for powering vehicles than traditional gas cars and to take REVENGE by having automakers offering and consumers purchasing electric cars.

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Nissan Leaf – Taking Reservations

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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. Viewers of “ Who Killed The Electric Car? &# may recall it was a little more complicated than that… The first five states where the Leaf will be available are: California, Arizona, Tennessee, Oregon, and Washington.

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Tesla To Offer Auto Leases

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‘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. “This will help us with the customers who have some trepidation about changing the paradigm from gasoline to electric,&# said Elon Musk, Tesla’s chairman and chief executive. Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. 2010 Tesla Roadster.

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‘Revenge’ Hits Indiana

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for electric car doc. for electric car doc. Indiana is slated to be the leading state in the development of electric cars. Thursday evening, the man who may know more than just about anyone else about electric cars spoke to a group at the art museum. The new Think car could be the future. It’s all electric and it may soon be manufactured in Indiana. Chris Paine made the 2006 documentary movie, Who Killed the Electric Car.

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.

Welcome to Revenge of the Electric Car!

Revenge of the Electric Car

Welcome to our blog and Chris Paine’s new film, “Revenge of the Electric Car.&# (slated for Spring, 2010)! Once again there is incredible momentum and talent around the renaissance with electric cars, plugin hybrids, and electric transportation in general. Every week, we’ll be posting production stories, insider information, and late breaking news from the world of plug-in vehicles.

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UK release this week

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Grab your best mate and head to the cinema to take REVENGE for the electric car and see this film! See the film on the big screen first to really feel like you're there as these electric cars are being created, raced, and sent to market. 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.

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Trainspotting

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A little googling revealed that the local Chrysler plant had recently closed, and these folks were hoping to see it re-opened and used to build a new generation of electric cars. And we have; nearly every major automaker now has a plug-in car in the works. ©Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post.

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REVENGE Director Gallivants Across Europe

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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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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.,

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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. 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.

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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. Starting April 19th, Revenge of the Electric Car will be on TV on the Independent Lens documentary series on PBS. We're proud to be a part of their excellent documentary programming and hope that the millions tuning in to see the film this month will learn more about electric cars and will want to do more to bring them to their communities.

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A whirlwind of Music and Danish EVs

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One of the highlights was an electric car “ Co2 Race &# presented by our friends Michael and Jacob on the final day of the festival. Electric bus system anyone? And on another evening Chris presented a short version of of his talk “ How many lightbulbs does it take to plug in the electric car &# to some Danish fans. Chris just back from a week in Denmark shooting a short film for the next UN Climate Conference this coming December.

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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.

Letter from Copenhagen

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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. So were the electric Teslas, Nissans, Renaults, Betterplace vehicles, and Danish cars of the “International Mayor’s EV Parade,&# a couple days later. one point for cars). Renault's Twizy ZE Concept Car. Revenge of the Electric Car had no shortage of scenes to chase.

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Gearing up for the month of Earth Day, 2012

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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. Grab a friend who knows nothing about electric cars and take him or her to see this film!

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When Will EVs Hit Primetime?

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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. Read more in the article: Can electric cars break out of niche status in US, China market? Electric-car ventures made up nearly 40. incentives, and concerns over the electrical grid are slowing the electric. car’s introduction.

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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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Revenge is Upon Us

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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. REVENGE is growing strong, playing in theatres across the country, and the reviews have been glowing!

Talking with Thomas Friedman

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Of course, our questions focused on energy, transportation, and specifically electric cars, and Tom’s responses proved both energetic and enlightening. 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.&#.

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Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

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Josh Hafenbrack posts this informative entry covering the status of Hasner’s Florida State electric car tax break on the SunSentinel.com. Florida State Representative (and House Majority Leader) Adam Hasner (R) has just introduced the bill HB 879 - Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicles. From Josh’s article: As the House Energy and Utilities Committee gave its stamp of approval to the measure, Hasner is planning a showing of “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

Are You Plugged In?

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Some of the first plug-in electric passenger vehicles are slated to roll onto U.S. For all the fanfare, sales of electric cars are currently negligible (outside of golf courses, that is). How many plug-in electric vehicles does President Barack Obama wish to see on U.S. Plug-in hybrids differ from hybrids on the road today in that they can go longer distances on battery power and can be recharged via electrical outlets. B: Wheego Electric Cars’ Whip.

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Tesla Announces IPO

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According to their SEC filing, California electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. From the article: “California electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. The move brings the innovative car company, which has long enticed car enthusiasts, one step closer to becoming a household name. Shares in the electric car maker are expected to draw strong interest from investors. California electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc.

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Coulomb Gets Charged Up

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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.&# Harris: Coulomb Technologies gets funding for electric car charging stations. Coulomb Technologies are moving into EV charging.

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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. 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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GM puts $336m into Volt plant

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General Motors Co will invest $336 million in a Detroit-area plant to produce its heavily anticipated Chevrolet Volt electric car beginning next year, the No. GM to invest $336 million in Volt plant. 1 U.S. automaker said on Monday.

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