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Revenge of the Electric Car movie trailer – Click above to watch video after the jump

It looks like at least 10,000 people want to see the preview for the new Revenge of the Electric Car movie. That was the number of "likes" the film's producers set for the RotEC Facebook page, and now that the number has been hit, we have our first preview of what movie-going audiences will learn about when the flick hits the screen in the spring of 2011. The production team sent AutoblogGreen the following message just before the 10,000th fan clicked "like."
Everyone on the "Revenge" team is incredibly thankful for all our wonderful fans who have spread the word to help us reach our 10,000 fan goal so quickly – we're almost there! It also reminds us of how important people feel the electric car is to them. The fact that so many people want to see this film and spread the word proves how important it is for everyone to learn about electric vehicles as an alternative to gasoline-powered cars and to be informed about new developments in EV production and what kind of options there are out there for consumers ready to shift into an electric gear.
Enough talk, check out the clip after the jump.

[Source: Revenge of the Electric Car via YouTube]


Facebook Fans of "Revenge of the Electric Car" Demand Trailer, Filmmakers Premiere it For Them

CHICAGO, IL, December 10, 2010: Late last month the filmmakers for "Revenge of the Electric Car" announced that the highly anticipated trailer for the film will have its world premiere online when the film's Facebook Fan page (http://www.facebook.com/revengeoftheelectriccar) gets its 10,000th fan.

"We're absolutely amazed at the amount of support we've gotten in the last couple weeks and how quickly we reached our 10,000 fan goal," says Director Chris Paine, "we did this to give our most loyal fans the first look at the trailer- they've supported us for a long time and deserve to see it first."

"Revenge of the Electric Car" is the new feature documentary film about electric cars by Chris Paine, director of the 2006 film, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" Slated for release in early 2011, "Revenge of the Electric Car" tells a new story of the global resurgence of electric vehicles and takes audiences behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors: documenting the high-stakes race to be the first to bring electric vehicles to the masses.

The film's production company, WestMidWest Productions, plans to self-distribute the film instead of relying on a larger studio for the release: a new trend in films released outside of the traditional studio system. "We want to create a link with the film's fans and connect to them directly," says Executive Producer Stefano Durdic, "a Facebook promotion like this and other efforts online are part of a new era of promoting films independently, and we're excited to be a part of this new generation of filmmakers who are taking control of more aspects of a film's distribution."

The trailer for the film is now available online via YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkRIu5a6Sb0 The trailer also features optional captions in multiple languages, such as Spanish, French, Serbian/Croatian, German, and Hungarian. Additional languages will be added in the near future to make the trailer accessible to more audiences around the world, which have emerged after the global success of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" Currently, "Revenge of the Electric Car" is in post-production with principal filming completed for the eagerly awaited 2011 release.

WestMidWest Productions is a Chicago-based film production company, producing "Revenge of the Electric Car" and distributing the film in 2011

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice. I like how Chris takes real events and shape them as a race between 4 strong protagonists:


      Elon Musk -- The Californian upstart. Howard Huge-like super-entrepreneur who uses technology and financial expertise to get EVs on the market. Provides a lot of drama as we watch him gamble and almost lose everything.

      Bob Lutz -- The Detroit veteran. He has seen it all. A villain in the first movie, he tries to erase the past as he create one last vehicle to define his legacy. We love him because despite it all he loves his job and loves cars.

      Carlos Ghosn -- The International Wild Card. He came from nowhere with a vehicles and prices that the industry claimed could not be matched. He bets the whole company on EVs and works to leapfrog Toyota as the world's greenest car. A total surprise that totally destabilized GM's plans. Seems unstoppable.

      The D.I.Y Guy -- The lunatic fringe. Represents the early adopters of EV technology who could not wait for the automakers to get their act together Worries that he may be forgotten in a future where *anyone* could get an electric car. Provides comic relief to the narrative.


      Where are the strong women characters (Chelsea, Alexandra, Colette, etc.) they had in WKTEC? Hopefully they are back too.

      Also, I wish there was enough time to include Fisker, Aptera, Brammo, Zero and the TTXGP. They probably don't fit the narrative, but more people need to know about them.

      Good job! Can't wait for the final movie.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see the full movie.

      I too believe that the work that Chris and Plug in America around EV awareness have done and still doing is just awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not in a cinema near you I hope :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW I can't wait to watch this! It will be a great comparison to "Who Killed the Electric Car" a few years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really enjoyed the first movie even though I think they were a bit falsely accusatory and got some things wrong. Indeed the car-makers were terrible (especially GM with their taking the cars back & crushing them) and the law-makers were terrible (that tax-credit for heavy vehicles was insane), but reality for EVs at the time is that even if law-makers did a better job and car-makers did a better job, EVs were still market losers at the time. Few people wanted them, the specs of the EVs were weak, and the economics were a disaster . . . they were massively subsidized by the car-makers and the movie did not really admit that in their pro-EV advocacy.

      The new trailer looks interesting. I like the drama they have inserted into the topic and it looks like they are addressing the economics a little better. But I'm sure it will still be overly pro-EV despite the economics. Which is fine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds fun. Can't wait to see it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      meh, so so. sure it'll be interesting to see but will there be things we didn't already know about? trailer certainly doesn't have that. will it claim we are winning? sure we are eventually but it's certainly not done yet. there is no defeat of gas cars yet. only an awkward silence where evil men don't know what to do with this electric car thing that everyone tells them to make yet refuse to do. where steven chu gets easy critical things wrong and nothing really happens.

      this documentary can only be good if it is as scathing as the first. the volt is fat ass USA engineering. there is no reason in it like the EV1 had. the leaf is similarly conventional and massively overpriced. it is very far from a time for celebration
        • 4 Years Ago
        nah that's not why. EV's one weakness is range for now and I have no aversion to a range extender. it just has to be much more optimized than the one in the volt and the car overall weigh much much less. then it works out. not primi like the volt
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dan, yes the Volt is a abomination and is business as usual for GM. Putting the Leaf in the same paragraph is a mistake. One corp chose to build a car that uses no gas the other builds a car that uses gas and protects their profits from ICE until oil is 300 dollars a barrel. Please GM take all the Volts and crush them, time for another recycling program you ignorant bitches.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chris Paine should have made a different movie called: Who killed the electric car 2; the Nissan scourge. Motto of the movie same as the Highlander movies: "there can be only one". Because that's what Carlos Ghosn must have been thinking when he set the price for the Leaf leaving most EV initiatives pretty much dead in the water.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will be sooo interesting to watch. Thank you Chris for making this movie a reality!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good trailer. Makes it a narrative about big auto personalities. Which makes it far more interesting than a film about... cars. Good work Chris! We look forward to seeing your film and gauging its influence on the general public. Anything that promotes the transition to electrified transportation - is a very good thing.

      Oh yeah. Mark BC... hilarious remarks worthy of Mao and his little red book!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fantastic! Chris can now show the world a bright and promising future! Thank you Chris Paine and Plug In America for all your efforts in bringing to light this world changing technology!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, I'm a huge fan. I'm also 55, so to be called a boy after 38 years as a working man is interesting. I do very clearly remember this, while living in L.A. in the early sixties when I was a boy, I literally could not breath during the summer months. I detail a lot of this history in my blog if you're interested, (Google - blazer fix, ken muir). The short version is, during the summer, by 10:00am, I had to come inside to play because my lungs could not handle the air pollution. Most cars back then had V-8 engines, they burning fully leaded fuel, and had no catalytic converters or pollution controls of any kind. Every mid morning, I would come into the house literally gasping for breath, unable to take a deep breath the rest of the day. Tears would be rolling down my cheeks because of the smog stinging my eyes. I am not exaggerating, these things really happened to kids in big cities back then. In 1965 my Dad moved us to Thousand Oaks. At that time, T.O. only had 13,000 people and it was heaven on earth for a kid. The sky's were clear and blue, the air so crisp and fresh that my lungs recovered in a few short months. Now the T.O. area has 600,000 plus people. Instead of 101 being a 2 to 4 lane strip of asphalt it's a 8 to 10 lane monstrosity that’s usually always packed. The smog in Thousand Oaks is now there every day in the summer time, and most of the year during the winter when it's not raining. Very sad. Hence my passion. I never ever want my Grandson or Granddaughter to suffer the way my generation did. There is no excuse for it as the technology has been available for many years to reverse pollution trends. I believe electric cars have the potential to make a huge impact on pollution reduction as well as being the single biggest thing we can do to free us from oil dependence. I believe EV's have the potential to enhance our National Security beyond almost any other single thing we can do by literally starving our enemies in the middle east of the massive pipeline of cash they have been getting from us for decades. I'm tired of financing both sides of the war on terror. This is what I consider to be the best way I can personally contribute to that. So yes, I am genuinely thrilled to see another movie coming out about how electric cars are back.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Great writeup Ken but,

        "I believe EV's have the potential to enhance our National Security beyond almost any other single thing we can do by literally starving our enemies in the middle east of the massive pipeline of cash they have been getting from us for decades."

        It's too late for that. It's already been done and there is nothing left to pay them since America's cash is now worthless. What the status of the US's gold reserves is, who knows. TPTB refuse to audit it so I would guess it has all been used up to buy oil from the Saudi's etc. They long ago refused payment in cash, only accepting gold.

        Soon the US dollar will be worthless and gold will become the new international currency so the US is going to be SOL on that one. Saudi Arabia will be doing just fine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol, such a fan boy ish comment. But yeah, I'm anxiously waiting to watch this documentary too. Just for the technical marvel not much of a saving the world with one car kinda of mentality tho or bring light to this world...

        And on the first day, he gave the world, a Nissan Leaf and a GM Volt!

        • 4 Years Ago
        Ken, you do a great job explaining why California was right to create CARB and push for alt-fuel vehicles even though they would have to be subsidized. The public health situation was terrible and things had to change. People need to hear these stories or else they forget why such laws are passed.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Around here, "fan boy" is not an insult. That movie is going to rock ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was lucky enough to see WKTEC in theaters in San Diego, and this one might be even more important in jumpstarting the groundswell. Maybe it'll somehow lead to a Volt2, completely deLutzed edition. He's a living JJ Jameson. What a tool.

      I hope Nissan encourages Leaf owners to surround theaters with their cars! And Chevy Volt too, if they deliver in time.
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