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Did you watch the film “Who Killed the Electric Car,” about the auto industry’s backlash against California’s electric car requirements and how GM crushed the EV1? The film is a cult classic and inspired many of today’s electric vehicle owners or future owners to pledge that their next car would be electric.

Now for Revenge

On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, CEC and The Sustainability Project are bringing an exclusive preview of the sequel – “The Revenge of the Electric Car” – to the gorgeous Marjorie Luke Theater. The film captures the auto industry, one of the mightiest industries of all time, at a time when it is almost forced to collapse by the Great Recession, and being pushed by government regulations to design greener and more innovative products. Reviewers note that “Revenge” director Chris Paine gained extraordinary access to the automotive industry’s movers and shakers, and tight editing and a spiffy soundtrack make the film highly entertaining. Even for those not interested in cars, the film has received rave reviews:

“Fascinating … a hugely entertaining portrait. (Revenge) makes for a refreshing and ultimately very effective change of pace compared with the strident, propaganda approach so often employed by similar documentaries. Even the most skeptical global warming deniers are apt to find themselves rooting for this disparate group of risk-takers who may well be spearheading the long delayed transition from oil reliance to new technology.”
-Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

Watch the Trailer

Today’s Electric Vehicles

The modern electric vehicles like the Tesla, Chevy Volt, and Nissan Leaf are a revolutionary product compared to gasoline cars, at least from the perspective of environmental impact and energy independence. With EPA ratings often exceeding 100 mpg equivalent, they produce zero tailpipe emissions, and on California’s green, domestic grid, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent. Most inspiring, home owners with solar panels on their roof can power their car without using a drop of oil or generating emissions.

Event Details

On Wednesday, October 5, CEC will be hosting an electric car show from 5:30 to 7 pm. The Mobile Café will be on site selling nutritious food, and local businesses and organizations will provide informational displays. We will have reserved parking for electric vehicles (EV), in hopes of having the largest collection of EVs in Santa Barbara. If you are driving your EV to the screening, email to reserve parking.

The film will begin at 7 pm and will be followed by a panel of EV experts and owners, who will join documentary director Paine for a discussion about the benefits and difficulties of EV ownership and the future of the EV industry. CEC Transportation Specialist Michael Chiacos will also join panel and will highlight the latest in Plug in Santa Barbara’s efforts to build charging stations and make it easier to drive electric vehicles.

The event is a benefit for The Sustainability Project, and tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 on their website, along with more information, at or for $15 at the door.

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