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Rated PG-13 · 91 minutes · 2011

Documentary
Chris Paine's documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) told the sad story of the EV1, an all-electric automobile put into production by General Motors in the mid-90s but then discontinued, ostensibly because it was unprofitable; the vehicles were leased rather than sold, so the movie included the infuriating spectacle of them being reclaimed from enthusiastic drivers and crushed. In this sequel, Paine checks back in with the industry as various businessmen—Bob Lutz of GM, Carlos Ghosn of Nissan/Renault, Elon Musk of the upstart Tesla Motors, and Greg "Gadget" Abbott, who custom-converts existing vehicles to electric—try to get the battery-powered car back on the road. Once a muckraker, Paine now acts mostly as a cheerleader, and his slick new movie trades heavily in the sort of flattering CEO profiles that grace the covers of business magazines. I'd have preferred less personality stuff and more hard information about the current technical and commercial challenges, but if polishing these guys' egos is the only way to make them do the right thing, then so be it.
Official Site: www.revengeoftheelectriccar.com
Director: Chris Paine
Producer: Stefano Durdic, Jessie Deeter and P.G. Morgan
Cast: Tim Robbins

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