REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR
Partners: Directed by Chris Paine for WestMidWest Productions, distributed by ro*co international, Area23a (theatrical, U.S.)
Length: 1 x 60 minutes, 1 x 90 minutes
Premiered: April 2011 (Tribeca)
Rights: All rights outside of Canada and the U.S.
In his 2006 documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car, writer/director Chris Paine investigated the birth and death of electric car technology, and the roles assorted players, including the automotive and oil industries among others, played in its demise.
Now, in 2011, Paine has returned, and so has the electric car. The new doc follows four different manufacturers, ranging from GM and Nissan to start-up Tesla Motors, as they attempt to revive the concept of the electric car while the world reels from recession. The film’s drama partly stems from the question of who will get to the finish line first… if ever.