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"Revenge of the Electric Car" Documentary Lacks Spark, Still Informative

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“Revenge of the Electric Car,” the film that’s had the eco-community on the edge of their seats, was finally released on Earth Day, April 22nd. But was it worth the wait since the teaser was released back in December?

Some seem to think not.

The general consensus appears to be, that although the film was put together quite well, and delivers the message of the success of the dream for the electric car, it seems to be lacking in the conflict department. Meaning, although EV enthusiasts are excited to hear the talk of all the progress made regarding their gasless beauties, that’s all it seems to be: just talk.

According to a review by Treehugger: “We do get a sense of the psychology of the bigwigs in the corporate EV game, but I was hoping to get more of the nitty gritty about the status of electric cars in America. Revenge seemed to content to take these CEOs at their word — that they really, really want to make EVs mainstream, and that they’re trying really hard to do it.”

Although the information relayed to audiences is helpful and quite extensive, it seems to only appeal to those who are EV enthusiasts themselves — meaning, the general public, if they happen to see this movie, probably won’t understand all the hoopla surrounding it — as said hoopla is never really addressed.

The site PlugInCars had this to say in their review: “The film also doesn’t make much of an attempt to explain or even highlight some of the controversies surrounding electric cars and, more importantly, the three distinct EV strategies employed by Tesla, Nissan, and GM—the stars of the film. The concepts of range anxiety, battery life, different battery management strategies and the different types of plug-in vehicles are only tangentially touched on—and often in a way that an average consumer would be left confused and in need of more information.”

So if the documentary doesn’t display the ‘nitty gritty’ of the struggle to bring the EV back into the limelight, what does it actually do?

According to some reviews, the behind the scenes look at some very powerful and influential car people should be entertainment enough for those who paid the money to see a documentary about cars. The film does a great job of spreading the word of the EV, and its potential resurgence into mainstream vehicle production, and although the ‘revenge’ never actually manifests, we’re left to believe that it’s well on its way.

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