Tesla's Elon Musk recently tweeted, "Great electric car documentary about early days of Tesla, GM Volt, Nissan Leaf & Gadget. So much has happened since then." Indeed. With the spotlight shining so brightly on Elon and Tesla, it's hard to remember how far the man (and the company) have come since the early days. Many of the early struggles surrounding Tesla were captured in this fascinating flick, Revenge of the Electric Car.
Director Chris Paine had originally profiled the shocking story of GM's EV1 in Who Killed the Electric Car. What was portrayed in that film had a profound impact on Elon Musk. As luck would have it, Elon starred in Paine's follow-up film. Released back in 2011, Revenge of the Electric Car chronicled the high stakes race to build the auto industry's next generation electric vehicle.
In Revenge of the Electric Car, Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, Tesla, and an independent electric car conversion enthusiast (Gadget) in order to uncover the early stages of a global EV resurgence. Without having to pump a drop of gas (or diesel), this new generation of cars showed the promise of an exciting future — fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.