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Revenge of the Electric Car, compelling but no cars get smashed

October 7th, 2011

Revenge of the Electric Car will appeal to car geeks who want to hear all they can about the vanguard of electric vehicles and the personalities behind them.

For me, the film could have delivered even more geek. Having driven a few EVs — the Leaf and the all-electric Ford Focus (which did not make the movie), I want to know ALL about them. Was it hard to achieve acceptable range? What is their range? (I guess we can look it up at fueleconomy.gov.) Why did GM decide to enter the market with a sport vehicle? Were they consigning EVs to a niche play? How do they really feel about Nissan jumping ahead with their family sedan? Will the Tesla roadster ever get below $100 grand? Why did Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn go all-in on the Leaf? We get whiffs of answers to all these questions, and some precious behind-the-scenes vignettes, like Ghosn whispering hush-hush to his staff before springing the Leaf on the world.

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Get ready for the ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’

October 29th, 2010

Herman K. Trabish

Who Killed the Electric Car?, director Chris Paine’s renowned documentary about the effort to save GM’s EV1 and Toyota’s RAV-4 EV, left the identity of the culprit an open question, and for good reason: the electric car wasn’t killed; it was wounded. And now, with Nissan’s all-electric Leaf and Chevrolet’s plug-in hybrid electric Volt coming to U.S. showrooms in November, it’s back, healthier than ever.

Plug-In America (PIA), which was born out of the protest to save the 1990s EVs, met at Paine’s sprawling hilltop home overlooking Los Angeles Saturday night to celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary and the triumphant re-emergence of the car with a plug.

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