Laura K. Cowan

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks with Revenge of the Electric Car's Director Chris Paine

by , 09/26/12

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Inhabitat: In Revenge of the Electric Car, you discover that one of the many Tesla Roadsters waiting to have a defect fixed before it goes out is the one you pre-ordered. How was it to film your own vehicle as part of this movie about the challenges facing companies bringing electric vehicles to market, and to discover that your Tesla actually had a quite serious problem?

Chris Paine: I hadn’t wanted to be in the film and I think this is perhaps my only on-camera moment. I was shocked that the car we had happened to find in the assembly room had my VIN# on it and such a serious issue. Elon delivers perhaps the best line in the film when he realizes it’s my car.

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Inhabitat: Did you find yourself rooting for one of the major players in this film as you saw their strategy unfold?

Chris Paine: Absolutely. I want people everywhere to be at least able to try driving a plug-in car. Right now it’s all theories and talk shows. The insiders we profiled suffered through so many challenges and on dark days I really worried that they’d ever get to market. Now is the time for folks to test drive them. Many, not all, will be transformed.

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Inhabitat: What’s next? Will you follow the EV market as it develops, or do you have another project in the works?

Chris Paine: I will always follow the electric car market. Whether that becomes a film is a question for a few years from now. Mostly, I’m in early stages looking for financial backers who believe in me for my next film project. Revenge of the Electric Car, Chris Paine, Who Killed the Electric Car?, electric car movie, electric car, Nissan, Tesla, General Motors, Gadget Abbott, Greg Abbott, Carlos Ghosn, Bob Lutz, Elon Musk, interview, Laura K. Cowan, green transportation, alternative transportation, green automotive design

Inhabitat: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us, and congratulations on the upcoming premiere of your new film.

Revenge of the Electric Car debuts in the U.S. on October 21st in select theaters. To check out showtimes or request a screening in your town, click the link below for more information. ‘

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2 Comments

  1. Jill Fehrenbacher Jill Fehrenbacher October 22, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Great interview Laura – and fabulous movie Chris! I just got out of the theatre seeing it and loved it. So different from the first movie, yet a very captivating view of what’s going on in the auto industry right now. Electric vehicles are the future – the sooner the major car companies embrace that, the better off they’ll be.

  2. Ryan Roth October 22, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Chris is a great guy and I have spent a little time with him in the last few months. The film is great and I had a chance to see a few scenes a long time ago. If you have a chance, go and see this doco.

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