Thursday, October 20, 2011
Chris Paine's original and heavy-duty-anger-producing Who Killed the Electric Car? and his new one, the aptly-titled, let's-skip-and-dance-our-troubles-away REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR. The first one left you seething; this one leaves you on Cloud Nine. Sort of. I really don't want to do spoilers, but there's hardly any way around the fact that, if you follow the automobile industry at all, you'll know the outcome here. Nearly everyone involved seemed destined for happy times. And, yes, Virginia: "Revenge" is sweet.
Greg "Gadget" Abbott, below) and his gal pal who are doing these conversions.
Bob Lutz, below, left), and the company -- or at least Lutz -- seems to be on (or closer to) the right track. My, such a change!
Carlos Ghosn, the head of Japan's Nissan firm, who, like Lutz, was a former EV (electric vehicle?) skeptic now converted to the cause of the plug-in car. When Ghosn announces Nissan's plan to produce a new EV callled the "Leaf," the auto world is of course astounded. (That's Ghosn in the car, below.)
Elon Musk, below, center, who plans to beat Detroit at its own game by producing the electric Tesla. Entitlement hangs over all these men, but it seems especially stenchy around Mr. Musk, so don't be surprised if you find yourself rooting for his failure, no matter how much you love the electric car.
WestMidWest Productions and Area23A, opens theatrically tomorrow, Friday, October 21, in Los Angeles at Landmark's NuArt, in New York City at Landmark's Sunshine, and on Long Island at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. You can see all currently scheduled playdates across the country by clicking here.