Revenge of the Electric Car

Thursday, December 08 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Revenge of the Electric Car

JOY REVIEW

Revenge of the Electric Car is a documentary about, dah-dum… the electric car. The idea was that General Motors put out an electric car in the early 90s called the EV1, which had some success and then they decided to recall it, which broke a lot of people’s hearts. This is a documentary that has everything in it, even a movie score. It has good guys and bad guys, it has competition, it has some questions about who’s going to win, and a moral question to boot with incredibly bigger-than-life characters. There is Tesla, which was a company started by the guy who started PayPal and took all of this money and decided to build an electric car. The problem is that the electric cars costs $100M and he couldn’t figure out how to actually get it into production. The guy who heads up Nissan, who by all accounts is really kind of a hatchet man, doesn’t have a dream in his head and has no give room but knows how to think economically about an issue. And then there’s the bigger than life Detroit mogul, who has run all of the big car companies and is probably the most knowledgeable car guy on the planet, who decides in his waning days before retirement that he wants to revisit, single-handedly, the concept of the electric car. This is just really a great documentary that makes you sort of think that you should go out and buy an electric car as quickly as possible and that within the next five to 10 years probably everybody’s going to be driving electric cars because it’s the only thing that really makes any sense. All they have to do is figure out how to have a long enough extension cord. Okay, that’s a joke. But the documentary itself is terrific. Four and a half stars.

JOY METER 1/2