Revenge of the Electric Car
A sequel to 2006's Who Killed the Electric Car?, director Chris Paine once again looks at electric vehicles. Where in the last film electric cars were dismissed as uneconomical and unreliable, and were under multiple attacks from government, the auto industry, and from energy companies who didn't want them to succeed, this film chronicles, in the light of new changes in technology, the world economy, and the auto industry itself, the race - from both major car companies like Ford and Nissan, and from new rising upstarts like Tesla - to bring a practical consumer EV to market.
At times it seemed like a really long car commercial, but it's a car I'd like to buy. Sometimes things could have been edited better. Namely the Anthony Kiedis excerpts. It almost felt like he was in a different documentary. It seemed like the director didn't know where to put his comments, so he just shoved them in at random places.
All in all it was enjoyable, especially to see the kind of people that make the grand decisions that shape the way we drive. I'd recommend this documentary if you are bored and looking for time to kill, but don't expect too much.
I’m not a car guy. I don’t like them. I wish I didn’t have to have one. They’re wastes of money, wastes of time and wastes of energy once they hit the age where all you do is worry about how much longer they’ll last. Plus, they’re gross and a huge reason why our planet is slowly dying. I’d love nothing more than to move into a city and just hop on a subway or walk to wherever it is I need to be, never having to worry about being a car owner ever again.
After I saw Who Killed the Electric Car? I was sad and angry that something so objectively great was destroyed just because it didn’t make…
I get the feeling that the co-operation from General Motors on this film is entirely due to them realizing what a PR disaster "Who Killed The Electric Car?" was. It's what was edited out that I'd like to see, oh to be there when the cameras weren't running!
The film is shot beautifully and you really get drawn into the story to the point where you almost forget you're watching a documentary. Of course we all want a cleaner, better mode of transportation so you're cheering everyone on from the outset, from the garage enthusiast to the Silicon Valley startup, you even feel for the big corporates - GM and Nissan.
Only history will tell us how this one ends.
Less a look into the social and industrial machinery than the first movie (WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?) was than a series of profiles of the men are attempting to revive the vehicle. In that way, I think it loses some of the urgency of its predecessor. Some of the biographical minutiae included feels relatively useless and out of place.
This intriguing follow up documentary to 2006's "Who Killed the Electric Car?" - traces the auto industry's continuing struggles to develop a workable zero-emissions vehicle. The crash of the American economy in 2008 almost kills GM's Volt model while Nissan struggles to bring their fancy new Leaf to market. Meanwhile, zillionaire wonder boy Elon Musk has burned through so much cash keeping his Tesla Motors company afloat - with little to show for it -that many doubt they'll even be able to survive.
My 12 year old is a budding motor head and I watched this together on Netflix and even tho I know next to nothing about cars, I still ended up getting involved in this doc. Yes, I'm just as surprised as anyone. Entertaining and informative.
This movie needs to be updated with current information was mildly entertaining. The movie is about the title so you should know what you are getting into. +1 on the 100 Lunatics Scale.
An entertaining watch - following the renewed interest in electric vehicles and four different paths to making it a reality. The film isn't nearly as devastating or impactful as it's predecessor Who Killed the Elcetric Car?, and it avoids asking difficult questions of it's own - but following the makers of the Volt, Leaf and Elon Musk's Tesla (as well as the pursuits of independent re-engineers) is entertaining and insightful.
Of course Musk is a very intriguing personality and so there's a lot to enjoy abut the access the filmmakers have.
It's certainly a subject that could be revisited again in a few years - perhaps here's a technological version of 8 Up to be made?
Chris Paine's first film, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" was a bit of a revelation. There was this electric vehicle made by GM - the EV-1 - and its owners loved it. And one day, the cars were rounded up and destroyed. Why?
The second film explores current events that we're a lot more attuned to because of "Who Killed...?" Interest in electric cars has increased since 2006, and by the time of this documentary there are three major players: Tesla, GM with the Chevy Volt and Nissan with the Leaf.
The film is probably most interesting when it bears witness to Elon Musk having a nervous breakdown in real time. (Spoiler alert: He's doing just fine these days, despite…
Not as good as his first one on the subject. Probably because the first film told about something we never knew happened, whilst this film is about everyone trying to now make the ev and it's a bit dated.
Documentário bem interessante sobre o desenvolvimento de carros elétricos por grandes montadoras.
O que poderia ser a salvação da industria, em meio a crise de 2009 virou um fardo para algumas empresas encurraladas e impedidas de dar um passo além.
Serve como registro dessas época de crise, mas não muito mais que isso.
In which... the doco provides a decent follow up to the issues regarding the future of the electric car but lacks the same sense of shock and mystery that helped the original documentary through asking "who killed the electric car" do so well.
Not really much to say here. Really funny that the real innovators are living in a trailer when the big businessman that are marketed as innovators well... they aren't actually innovating... I suppose Elon Musk is an example. He seems intelligent (at least morseo than most execs), but is much more of a businessman than his original partner.
Just wish they hadn't overly-glorified Tesla. Believe me, I'm all for "going electric", but I want to atleast see results.
Still waiting for Hyperloop though!