REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR
Saturday, October 12, 2011
Film: 7:30pm followed by talk/Q&A with
advocate Marc Geller
Free tea by Numi Tea, honey by CoastalBee.com, free parking
In 2006, as many as 5,000 modern electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back... with a vengeance.
In Revenge of the Electric Car director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors, and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of automobiles is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.
With almost every major car maker now jumping to produce new electric models, Revenge of the Electric Car follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. We watch as these cars are developed from a concept into a working product, and see the car makers themselves struggle with the economy, the press, each other, and the car buying public.
Marc Geller is an advocate and writer in the area of public and corporate policy related to electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and related source energy. He is on the Board of Directors of the Electric Auto Association and co-founder of the San Francisco chapter. Mr. Geller had an epiphany about transportation and energy after testdriving a GM EV1 in 2000. After being told by each auto maker that EVs were no longer available, he eventually leased a Ford Th!nk City electric vehicle in 2001. Mr. Geller helped organize demonstrations against Ford's cancellation of the Th!nk electric program in 2002. He co-founded DontCrush.com and Plug In America, which protested the crushing of electric cars and achieved historic agreements with Ford and Toyota to save their remaining EVs. These activities led to his appearance in the film Who Killed the Electric Car. He now owns a Toyota RAV4 EV. Through his work with Plug In America, Mr. Geller is recognized as a leading advocate in Northern California for plug-in vehicles and has worked with both CalCars and PG&E in promoting this technology. He authors the "Plugs and Cars" blog athttp://plugsandcars.blogspot.com/.