INDEPENDENT LENS: Revenge Of The Electric Car
Airs Monday, April 28, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, April 25, 2014
This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. INDEPENDENT LENS features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history.
"Revenge Of The Electric Car" - In 2006, as many as 5,000 modern electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. That automotive massacre was documented in Chris Paine's documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
Today, the electric car is back with a vengeance. Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, General Motors, the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors, and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.
Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious and cleaner than ever.
“Revenge Of The Electric Car” follows the race among major car-makers to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world.
We watch as these cars are developed from a concept into a working product, and see the car makers themselves struggle with the economy, the press, each other, and the car-buying public. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself.