REVENGE of the Electric Car

by Ben N on January 27, 2012

For those of you who don’t know, REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR is now out on DVD.

As soon as I found out, I ordered a copy, and just watched it now.

For me, it did NOT have the same emotion to it that WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? had. WHO KILLED was such an amazing story, especially all the heart from the owners of the EV-1 when it got recalled. I both cried and got angry during that film.

REVENGE really was just a documentary focusing on the current mainstream electric cars coming to market, plus the drama of Tesla, and a little color thrown in by Reverend Gadget.

Maybe it’s because for me, the electric car has been alive ever since I saw WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR. I’ve worked on my electric bicycle, motorcycle, Electric Geo Metro conversion, bought a Citicar, fixed up an Electrak mower, and have been around the blog-0-sphere and back. I’ve MET Chelsea Sexton (at the first time she drove an EV-1 SINCE the film!) and Chris Paine and Ed Begley, Jr. I even got to scream like a girl, riding shotgun in a Tesla Roadster.

Nothing in the film was really that new or exciting for me (although I hadn’t heard about Gadget’s place burning down!)

I really think a much more interesting film would be JUST about Dave Cloud, Bob Beaumont, Bob Rice, Lee Hart, Cal-Cars, and all the other “little people” that are secretly changing the world.

My wife’s car – which she has had FOREVER – is just finally dying. Time for something new. I e-mailed a couple friends asking for car advice. One response was from my oldest brother, the traditionalist of the family. He recently bought a nice used Prius. In part of his response, something caught my eye – he said “I personally will probably never buy a pure gas vehicle again“.

Now THERE’s a sign of a changing world. Not what car manufacturers are building or not, but changing the ideas, attitudes, and beliefs of what our world should be.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mike January 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Where did you find the movie? I have been wanting to see it.

2 Ben January 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm

It’s available on DVD and Streaming from many different sources. (Including Netflix and Hulu)
See the official release page for all your options!

3 Kyle Werner February 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I had a lot of the same feelings towards REVENGE that you did; WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR was honestly a life changing documentary for me; it led to “The End of Oil” and my interest in electric cars in the first place. REVENGE was good, but as you said, its more of a “current day” documentary with far less emotion and far more emphasis on the major car manufacturers. Still, I’d reccomend it to people who are interested in whats going on in the automotive world.

4 coiled extension cords May 24, 2012 at 6:25 am

This will definitely be on my list to watch. I’m extremely interested in hearing more about electric cars and the ideas on conserving energy. Thanks for this recommendation.

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