Going behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, the innovative California start-up Tesla Motors and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.
When electric cars first appeared on the market in the 1990s, mass production and commercialization was abruptly—and dubiously—shut down, a story told in Chris Paine’s first documentary WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? Just a few short years later, the race is back on to develop an affordable, stylish electric car and win over a skeptical public. REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, the innovative California start-up Tesla Motors and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. This new generation of automobile emerges as the future: fast, furious and cleaner than ever.
Chris Paine is the writer/director of Who Killed the Electric Car? which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 before its release by Sony Pictures Classics, to become one of the most successful documentaries of the last five years. Revenge of the Electric Car is his latest film. Chris has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, Democracy Now, and Science Friday on NPR. He has toured nationally to speak about electric cars and sustainable transportation at international venues including Princeton, Brown, Stanford, the Matthew Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, the James Baker III Institute in Houston, Google, and more. Other film projects Chris has undertaken include serving as executive producer on the motorcycle racing film Faster! with Ewan McGregor and No Maps For These Territories with cyberpunk author William Gibson. His forthcoming film is Mark Neale's Charge! which features the world's first electric motorcycle race on the Isle of Man. On the entrepreneurial front, his technology company, Internet Outfitters, went public in 1999 as part of AppNet/CommerceOne and his firm Mondo-tronics provided materials for the Mars Pathfinder mission. Chris's activist work has included campaigns to stop nuclear testing in Nevada, freeway expansions in California, and preventing deforestation. His 21st century demonstration home "Marrakesh House" in Los Angeles hosts green events and charges its electric cars (and bikes) exclusively using solar power. Chris was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Colgate University in New York. He supports the work of the Rainforest Action Network and serves on the board for Impro Theater and the Black Rock Arts Foundation.
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