Its 2011, and perhaps the lowly electric vehicle (aka “EV”) will have the last laugh. Just 5 years after the documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car,” people are finally taking the battery-powered vehicles seriously. So much so that the original filmmaker, Chris Paine, has created “Revenge of the Electric Car,” which was released last week, at just about the same time as new Nissan Leafs and Chevy Volts started pulling into American consumers’ garages.
And its not just the public that is buzzing with excitement. Automakers at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit seemed to hum one consistent tune: electric cars. Technology has advanced to the point that lithium ion batteries are lighter and less expensive than ever, and electric vehicles finally have the range and power that many people worried would limit their practicality.
Could it be that this is, in fact, the Revenge of the Electric Car? Changing mindsets and values as we shift into a more stable economy that is less dependent on foreign oil supplies?
See if the new electric car documentary is playing in your hometown (if its not, you can make an official request to have it shown there). Then, go see Revenge of the Electric Car! You’ll be inspired to ditch the gas pump – just in time for prices to hit $4 and $5 a gallon this year.
Have you watched the new EV documentary? If so, please leave a comment below with your impressions!