The Trumpchi E-jet, the plug-in hybrid vehicle first showed off earlier this year by China-based Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd. (GAC), will make its on-screen debut in next year's installment of the "Transformers" movie franchise. Your guess is as good as ours if the car will be a good robot (like Bender) or a bad robot (like, well, Bender).

The PHEV will have a prominent role in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Reuters says, citing a person familiar with the process. Distributor Paramount Pictures declined to comment, as did the studio's Chinese partner China Movie Channel. The film, which is being shot in both the US and China, will be directed by Michael Bay so we expect the E-jet to get blown up at least fourteen times in the film. The previous Transformers movie grossed $165 million in China in 2011

In January, GAC showed off the Trumpchi concept vehicle, in addition to two near-production vehicles. The car has a 1.0-liter four-cylinder engine powering an on-board generator, while the electric motor delivers 127 horsepower. Top speed was estimated at just short of 100 miles per hour. That's not exactly superhero territory, but we imagine Mr. Bay will make the car appear a little faster.

The idea of plug-in vehicles appearing on the silver screen is nothing new, though the fact that this one's made in China is a bit of a novelty. 2011's Tom Cruise-starring Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol featured a BMW i8 plug-in hybrid, while, more recently, a Fisker Karma extended-range plug-in made a star turn this year's Paranoia, starring Harrison Ford.


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      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      America aint got no money. And the movie aint American.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's definitely a promising development when even concept vehicles featuring EV technology become the subject of movie gimmicks. James Bond's Aston Martin became one of the most famous cars in the world as a result of the movies. GM attributes 30% of the sales success of the Pontiac Firebird Esprit, to the popularity of the '70's Rockford Files TV show, which featured the model.
      AnOutsider
      • 1 Year Ago
      First our money, now our movies :(
        2 wheeled menace
        • 8 Months Ago
        @AnOutsider
        That's what happens when you hand all your manufacturing over to another country.
          EZEE
          • 8 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          High LA taxes are pushing movies to be made all over the world. Everyone is passing exemptions to get movies. Michael Moore also likes to make movies in Vancouver so he can avoid the taxes,and union scale as well. With china it is also the large market. In the 1930's the movie studios had a NAZI censor (literally) to approve stuff to make sure it could make the German market. All of the studios would submit stuff. If Germany looked bad, or Jews looked good... Nope! Hence,the remake of Red Dawn was changed to keep the Chinese happy.
      usugo
      • 8 Months Ago
      It will surely transform in a child robot working in a sweatshop!
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The idea of plug-in vehicles appearing on the silver screen is nothing new, though the fact that this one's made in China is a bit of a novelty. 2011's Tom Cruise-starring Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol featured a BMW i8 plug-in hybrid, while, more recently, a Fisker Karma extended-range plug-in made a star turn this year's Paranoia, starring Harrison Ford." Also, the Toyota Plug-in Prius was in an episode of Under the Dome on CBS! Anyone else catch that episode?
        imoore
        • 8 Months Ago
        @GR
        And the Chevy Volt was in the second Transformers movie.
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      volvo-chi anyone?
        EZEE
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jmaister
        I looked at it again, you are right...new Volvo.
        EZEE
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jmaister
        Noooooooooooooooooooooo - new Mazda look....
      Smoking_dude
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well there were other movies In Scorched there appears a EV1 in the film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L3H_loornQ Also in Gattaca there are Electric cars with the magne charge paddle. There was an other movie from the 90s or ealry 2000s where a red ev1 zipps through the highway scene. but I don't remember the name
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