From the director of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" comes another film about the electric car industry. And, no, it’s not a sequel simply because that wouldn’t really make any sense. The first film was about the slashing of electric cars while this second film is about the EV’s mass production.

Either way, in “Revenge of the Electric Car”, director Chris Paine takes us behind the scenes of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to get behind the story of the return of electric automobiles. For two years the film crew followed Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman at GM; Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors; Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan; and Greg “Gadget” Abbott, an auto enthusiast who independently converts gas cars into electric vehicles as they raced against each other to bring out their electric vehicles first. In the running was the Chevy Volt, the Nissan LEAF, the Tesla Roadster, and the Tesla Model S.

The movie is set to be in theaters in the Spring of 2011, but this trailer was released thanks to the dedication behind the fans of this Indie film who got online and hit the like button on the movie’s Facebook page. Filmmakers had said that once the film had received its 10,000th fan, the trailer would be released for all to see. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Press release after the jump.

Press Release

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.”

The trailer for the film is now available online via YouTube: https://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.

The trailer introduces the four main characters in the film: Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman at GM; Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors; Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan; and Greg “Gadget” Abbott, an auto enthusiast who independently converts gas cars into electric vehicles. For two years, the film crew followed these individuals and the stories of the electric cars they have been struggling to create and bring to market, including the Chevy Volt, the Nissan LEAF and the Tesla Roadster and Model S.

“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 is not a sequel to “Who Killed the Electric Car?” but rather follows a new chapter in the history of electric cars with all new characters, cars, and stories.

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.”

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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15 comments:

  (559) posted on 04.18.2011

haha. It seems that Tesla is the main man behind this craziness. I just remembered that a lawsuit was filed against the Top Gear show due to falsification of information for the electric version of Tesla roadster. It seems that Tesla really believe the stupidity of electric concept.

  (473) posted on 03.30.2011

Again? I really don’t like the concept of electric cars, In fact, I doubt them. I think that is the lamest thing I’ve heard. Team creative should study further this concept. 

  (134) posted on 02.8.2011

Its not the sequel of the later episode. Sounds interesting though.

  (257) posted on 02.8.2011

This movie is kind of a reality show. The trailer sounds interesting!

  (619) posted on 02.7.2011

@adolfo_custodio; they have 12,937 fans. Not bad though!

  (692) posted on 02.7.2011

yeah, the trailer kinda boring!

  (498) posted on 02.6.2011

ZERO interest in seeing a movie with Thomas Friedman talking. That guy is a clown

  (340) posted on 02.6.2011

Electric cars? Hydrogen I’ll go with, but there’s is absolutely nothing that redeems electric at all. Total fail idea, total fail in practice.

  (1333) posted on 12.15.2010

well its not that great you know, this movie is kinda boring... don’t get me wrong guys I just dont feel to whatch this kind of movie...

  (461) posted on 12.15.2010

Yeah, I don’t think any documentary featuring "Maximum" Bob Lutz (in what appears to be a somewhat favorable light,) is somehow pro-environmental propaganda. I may have to go see this.

  (808) posted on 12.14.2010

I didn’t get the message of the movie.. what the heck they are trying to come up with?

  (73) posted on 12.14.2010

How many fans do they have? smiley

  (765) posted on 12.13.2010

If it’s a legitimate look at EV technology and development, I’m in. If it’s an eco-elite diatribe bashing oil companies, GM, ect while singing kumbaya to mother earth I will certainly scratch it off the list.

  (555) posted on 12.13.2010

If they can make a film about Facebook then they can just about anything. This movie seems more interesting but probably won’t make anywhere near as much money as The Social Network, unfortunately.

  (708) posted on 12.12.2010

wow great film, it looks kinda interesting to watch... hopefully it wont be pirated as soon as it hits the market...dang pirates.

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