by Ali Garfinkel
Categories: Transport.

“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.

  • Randy Rooney

    The Solyndra case proves that the DOE LOAN and ATVM funding was based on pure bribery and lobby manipulation. All of the failure points on Solyndra have been visible for ages so they would not have gotten the money if “real due diligence” had been performed instead of giving the money away to hard-wired campaign contributors.

    Kleiner Perkins put Chu in office as Secratary in order to get favored nations funding for their portfolio companies and keep competitors to those portfolio companies from getting funded. Steve Westly and Kholsa helped them along with Raj Gupta.

    Detroit’s lobbyists said,” we can’t get you any more taxpayer money because the public knows we are liars” “Tell them we need the money to build electric cars- and then we can BS them into coughing it up” said the lobbyists. The law said that the money was to go to any American car company but it only went to a Japanese company and Detroit. (Tesla is now controlled by Detroit no matter what crap Elon foists off so don’t say they are not part of it.) The Detroit News writes that Detroit & Telsa recipients used the money to pay bonuses to staff and other uses, have parties and other uses not intended for the funds.

    The DOE ATVM And Loan Gaurantee programs were conducted by criminals in order to commit crimes. The “Car Czar” Steve Rattner (Now a proven criminal by the State of NY), Lachland Seward, Matt Rogers and his partner Steve Spinner and most of Tesla’s friends at McKinsey Consulting from Silicon Valley (Who used Tax payer jets to fly back and forth to Silicon Valley to go bike riding), Steve Westley and a group who now left DOE, and some who are still there are criminals. They stole your tax money and put in their friends pockets. Federal investigations have already shown that Detroit embezzeled and misspent the first monies distributed. Every company that has so far gotten money has misspent it, did not have what they said they had at the time they applied, were tied to campaign contributions and rated lowest on the comparison reviews. If you google: “Unprofessional behavior plagues SRS” to read about the death threats, you can see the depths to which some of these people will sink.

    The few applicants that did get money spent tens of millions of dollars on bribes and lobby “incentives” equal in ratio to the money they got. Now the White House says that $17B of the taxpayer money that Detroit got is a write-off and is lost forever. In other words Detroit has already embezzeled more money than all of the other applicants applied for put together.

    Google Tesla’s Siry on “DOE stifles innovation” to read what one of the highest level staff at one of the car companies said.

    The GAO, a federal crime busting agency, just released public reports saying that the DOE Loan programs were corrupt. All of the people under Seward were “connected” or “made men” in the Detroit cadre. Seward changed the section 136 first-come-first serve rule (Which appears to be illegal) in order to provide advantages to his friends in Detroit who didnt bother to apply in time and to cut out the smaller players who were already ahead in the application proces

    Subpeonas of Detroit and DOE Loan Departments will prove crime, corruption, favoritism and rigged contracts were the rule and not the exception.