What is the Electric Car?

Are you ready to behold the vision of electric cars up on the silver screen once again? While the new film documentary What is the Electric Car?  doesn’t have the high drama of Who Killed the Electric Car?  with the attendant spectacle of EVs heading to the crusher, it does highlight the excitement and reality of electric cars heading to a showroom near you. This newly-minted, 75-minute documentary recently premiered at the Orlando Film Festival. Watch for it later this month in selected theaters in Florida, California and New York.

The film takes an insider look at an industry expected to generate $200 billion in revenues over the next 15 years. The producer, Florida-based Nemours Marketing, is not affiliated with Who Killed the Electric Car? and takes a far less confrontational tone, choosing instead to reveal the many virtues of electric vehicles. What is the Electric Car? intends to help the average automobile consumer understand why he or she just might want to drive one of the film’s many battery-powered stars home from a dealership. And the documentary succeeds in exposing and debunking multiple EV myths one by one.

I attended a sneak-peek preview screening in October. My personal off-the-cuff opinion: The documentary is not only entertaining and highly educational, it also does a pretty good job of visually and verbally explaining what makes electric cars tick; what makes them so devlishly and deliciously fun to drive while helping to bury forever the outdated idea that electric vehicles are as stodgy as Grandpa’s old golf cart. By showcasing an endless variety of all-electric makes and models, the documentary bequeaths the revolutionary notion that battery-driven vehicles can’take any form or be any body style one can conceivably dream up. Think of a Tango or a Tesla or imagine a behemoth electric port truck.

Nissan Leaf, courtesy of Design-milk.com

In all candor, an occasional impartially-presented opposing viewpoint would have added some additional heft to the documentary. Nonetheless, I believe that this clearly pro-EV documentary will help convince a largely EV-ignorant public that there is an automotive electrical storm about to unwind just over yonder horizon, and there is no time like the present or the very near future to turn the key to cleaner, cheaper, zippier personal transportation.

One more thing: By attending one of the upcoming California screenings of What is the Electric Car?  you just might win a free mystery EV of undisclosed make and model. Really.

Posted by Linda Nicholes

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