The producer of the Kick Gas documentary about electric vehicles is becoming somewhat of a convert. Yes, producer Tiffany Raim drove an SUV during the filming of the movie. But she's since gotten rid of it, according to an InsideEVs interview with her.

Kick Gas is the story of eight people from different countries embarking on a 4,000-mile trip via electric vehicles with a goal to set a Guinness World Record. The film, available via this website, was directed by Jonathan Becker and released April 22 (i.e., Earth Day). It's billed as an "adventu-mentary."

The film has received support from groups such as Drive Electric RVA, which is now sponsoring a June 17 screening in Richmond, VA. Additionally, the Route 66 Festival in Kingman, AZ, may show the movie in August.

As for Raim, she no longer drives an SUV and calls electric vehicles "a viable transportation option for the majority of people." And while she was unable to get Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk into the film (none of the company's cars were part of the film either), she called the company's employees "delightful" and is hoping to eventually have a Tesla of her own. Don't we all?


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      • 11 Months Ago
      I don't think she can't drive SUVs anymore just that she chooses not to. the source article is very in depth and very cool, she is pretty funny. Also definitely not the picture I would have chosen for the article since she posted hers.
      Marco Polo
      • 11 Months Ago
      A bright little film, made by EV converts for other EV converts. The making of the film seemed to be great fun, and the participants were certainly sincere. However, I wonder about the negative impact this sort of enthusiasm has on the vast majority of the public outside of the already 'true believers'. It's a little clichéd, the 'ride across' America thing, and the narrative is long on preachy ideology, and short on technical detail. In an era when the major manufactures are producing more and more EV's, is celebrating and highlighting the limitations of EV's not counter-productive ? Documentaries like this, should have moved on from the 'heroic' pioneering days. But, all that aside, I still liked the documentary.
        DarylMc
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Hi Marco Polo I think getting some young ladies, some of them who have never ridden a scooter to jump on an electric one and travel across the USA is fairly pioneering stuff. Even more interesting since one of the girls was from my hometown Brisbane Australia. I'm a bit of a fan of electric scooters and the American, Susan Jones is out there making it look pretty good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzbdjQv3ZR8 I think it is right to question the quality of Chinese made electric scooters and all reports from my friends in China suggest that they are cheap but often hopelessly under engineered. Hopefully Susan Jones has sourced some reasonable quality units and I think the fact that they completed this trip supports that. Her scooter website is here but she definitely needs to provide a bit more info. http://xenonmotorcompany.com/
      DarylMc
      • 11 Months Ago
      I watched the movie. It's a bit light on technical info but well made and makes good light entertainment if you are interested in scooters, bicycles and the people who might undertake such a trip. It seems almost too easy for the Leaf and Zero in the convoy by comparison.
        DarylMc
        • 11 Months Ago
        @DarylMc
        I would say they all achieved exactly what they set out to do, which was increase the awareness of electric vehicles.
      Paul Van Gaans
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nothing wrong with SUV's, as long as they're electric like our Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV!
      2 wheeled menace
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's so funny how many advocates for a cleaner future do not practice their own prescriptions. I think that if you really believe in something, the first thing that you ought to do is practice it - not just because you get to live your belief, but because leading by example is also good. I lived on the coast of California a long time, working alongside liberal types who were concerned about global warming, pollution, peak oil, etc. I always wondered why i was the only person in the office biking to work on days that i could, and driving to work in an econo-car ( Honda Civic ). The cars that people owned were mostly SUVs, trucks, or 6 cylinder sedans that were being used as commuter vehicles. The gas price in my area hit $5, and only then were these self-professed environmentally concerned folks thinking about a change. As Ghandi said; be the change you wish to see in the world!
        Baal
        • 11 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Quoting Gandhi who enjoyed the perks of beautiful women.......brilliant
        • 11 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        It sounds like she is a convert. From previous articles I get the impression they were hired to film the Tour. something happened and they wound up owning the footage and deciding to do the post editing and put the movie out themselves.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 11 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Hey, i enjoy the perks of beautiful women and you probably do too... :)