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Obviously, I'm late when it comes to reviewing the 2011 documentary film "Revenge of the Electric Car." I bought the DVD four months ago, but only had the time and inclination to watch the movie over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks to hard-to-get sharing time and the US presidential debate, I was finally able to catch up on the history of the electric car in North America.
By hitting the play button on my DVD player, the one major difference between the 2006 indie documentary and the 2011 follow-up became apparent. Who killed the electric car? worked on a more local level to examine what happened to the failed initiatives that would have seen all-electric vehicles become more common on California highways.
Stated in this film by narrator Tim Robbins, the creators of the first documentary struggled to even get a sound bite from one of the major automakers in relation to the electric car. While the first film was moved almost entirely on the emotions of environmentalists or other electric car enthusiasts, Revenge of the Electric Car was moved almost entirely on cooperation with automakers.
Starring Tesla Motors and Nissan, the second film featured a twist worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster as the last film's apparent enemy returns as the protagonist. General Motors and in particular automotive executive extraordinaire Robert Lutz presented an in-depth look at the development process of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. In California, Tesla Motors' efforts included close access to PayPal and SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
Both Lutz and Musk were delightfully candid in “Revenge of the Electric Car” as the men bearing most of the pressure of their visions of electrified vehicles. You may actually wonder if these figureheads are about to bring the generals to the forefront of the electric car or if they are misguided by a vision of a world in which the majority of the human population is not prepared to enter. We know that Robert Lutz's motivation for the Chevrolet Volt was to allow General Motors to be seen as a front of advanced automotive technology against Toyota.
In Musk's case, "Revenge of the Electric Car" revealed him as an amazing creator (both of businesses and a family of five) and CEO of Tesla Motors. Nissan also got the spotlight as they prepared their all-electric Leaf for the market, but their story frankly paled in comparison to General Motors and Tesla Motors throughout the film.
Profiling the reality of making electric vehicles a real-world product, the highly publicized global financial meltdown that occurred in 2008 and 2009 was given an unanticipated supporting role. The documentary was inside when Robert Lutz of General Motors needed to sell the business case for his employer.
On the other side of the United States, Elon Musk and his automaker Tesla Motors were portrayed in near collapse. It was only with the help of a loan from the United States Department of Energy, an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and a partnership with Toyota that it was possible to produce the Model S.
A diversion from the corporate industry tone of “Revenge of the Electric Car,” viewers were also enlightened by the smaller-scale company of Greg “Gadget” Abbott. Proclaimed Reverend Gadget professionally, Abbott returns after also being involved in "Who Killed the Electric Car?". A restorer of electric-powered gas-powered vehicles, his work featured him as "The Outsider" in this film.
Taking aim at his own struggles with a fire in 2008 that destroyed much of his operation, the film's theme shared a wistful tone mid-scene in the film. Knowing from widespread media coverage that the electrified dreams of General Motors, Nissan and Tesla Motors were developed for commercialization, the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car ultimately delivered a different conclusion than where the previous film left off. with only a few surviving GM EVs. 1s after the recall/mass destruction of the first all-electric production car.
The scene that turned out to be the funniest (at least for me) is that of Robert Lutz and Elon Musk having a chance meeting at an auto show. With the documentary likely influencing the actual 'luck' of their meeting, seeing the two briefly visit other car shows was a bit like the Christmas song duet between David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Both admired for their distinct accomplishments as well as their very different take on the automotive business, Lutz and Musk shared the spotlight as they visualize a single experience.
Without providing anything near the same earth-shaking information of Who Killed the Electric Car?, Revenge of the Electric Car doesn't have the same spark of the original audience-awareness film. While the first movie was a passionately angry play that ended with a finger pointing in multiple directions as to why the electric car wasn't accepted in the late 1990s, Revenge of the Electric Car is tamer. as the documentary largely functioned as a walking tour of a possible production car. evolution. However, despite the difference in tone, the second film ends with the same degree of optimism and pessimism expressed in the earlier documentary.
Image source: Chris Nagy, Tesla Motors
The revenge of the electric car
Without providing anything near the same earth-shaking information of Who Killed the Electric Car?, Revenge of the Electric Car turns out to lack the same spark that the original audience awareness film.
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