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In a follow-up to 2006’s Who Killed the Electric Car?, director Chris Paine documents the next few chapters in that vehicle’s bumpy history. There’s no denying it: Our automotive future lies in electric vehicles. Even global-warming denying, cigar-smoking Bob Lutz of General Motors sees the light and stakes his legacy on the clean Chevy Volt, this after he helped destroy the promising EV1 prototype. Revenge of the Electric Car follows Lutz and three other auto visionaries trying to reach a gas-free—and economically viable—promised land. As GM stumbles into bankruptcy, Silicon Valley’s Tesla is on a trajectory to fail upwards, no thanks to its youthful, tech-titan chief who burns through his PayPal fortune before the feds give him a financial lifeline. While there are some kernels of hope that the automotive sector is starting to get it, Paine’s film doesn’t leave much confidence in those supposed to make our inevitable electric-car future a reality.
Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. Also on Sunday, June 26 at 4:15 p.m. Both showings at AFI Silver 1.