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EV Not Dead: New Documentary Evidence

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author photo by Autotrader September 2010

Who Killed the Electric Car? was a documentary about General Motors' EV1 – a cool, sleek, aerodynamically efficient two-seater, powered solely by batteries. A car ahead of its time (although the EV1 was made from 1996 to 1999) and much loved by Californians, it was only available on lease and when GM got them back, the company crushed them.

Directed by Chris Paine, the film showed oil and car companies in a deservedly bad light. So what would be the odds on GM allowing Paine and his camera crew back into the factory? It just so happens that his new project is called The Revenge of the Electric Car and he has just filmed pre-production of the Volt being completed.

Here's an extract from the RotEC (http://revengeoftheelectriccar.com) site: "In 2005, we were editing Who Killed the Electric Car? and trying to put together the pieces behind the ridiculous decision by car makers to terminate their advanced electric car programs. Now here we are in 2010, as welcome guests of GM, watching electric cars roll off the assembly line for the first time since the EV1 stopped production in 1999. It was very cool to see. And we feel that some very real changes are coming to the car industry... How great to see a new Volt coming off the line after six Cadillac SRXs. With consumer demand for EVs and continued government support, one day that ratio will be reversed. One SRX to every six Volts. Or better yet, the SRXs will be electric too."

There is no release date set for Revenge of the Electric Car, but wouldn't it be great to have charging stations at cinema car parks as a promotional idea? And yes, the Volt isn't an out-and-out electric car, since it also has an internal combustion engine (as opposed to the Nissan Leaf), but it is a big step in the fuel-sipping direction.

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