Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)
What a difference five years make. Director Chris Paine ended his 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car with the belief that technological innovation and customer common sense cannot be thwarted forever. To speak about the "revenge" of the electric car might be premature, but Paine's sequel shows that it's definitely "returned." Most of his interviews focus on three big players — old school Bob Lutz of GM, who now admits that the "electrification of the automobile is a foregone conclusion;" entrepreneur Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla electric sports cars; and Nissan's swashbuckling CEO Carlos Ghosn. He also considers a man named "Gadget" who converts gas guzzlers into EVs. There have been problems aplenty, like the collapse of the economy, the bankruptcy of GM, high prices, sluggish sales, battery life, and the range for EVs, but none of this stops the cheer leading. For the record, the Chevy Volt was Motor Trend's 2011 car of the year, and the Nissan Leaf was the European 2011 car of the year. Question: why is there not a single mention of Prius in this film?