“Who Killed the Electric Car?” and “Revenge of the Electric Car” Filmmaker Chris Paine Dispels 5 Electric Vehicle Myths

APR 28 2013 BY STAFF 8




Chris Paine, a filmmaker whose electric vehicles documentaries include “Who Killed the Electric Car?” “Revenge of the Electric Car” and “Charge,” recently wrote an opinion post for The Washington Post.  In it, Paine tackled what he calls “5 Electric Vehicle Myths.”

Chris Paine's First EV Docmentary

Chris Paine’s First EV Docmentary

Paine opens with a brief intro before moving on to “dispel some myths.”

Here are those myths, along with condensed versions of Paine’s arguments:

1. The electric car is dead.

“This myth is partly my fault, perpetuated by the title of my 2006 documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” The signs back then weren’t promising.”

“Today, almost all the major automakers, along with a cast of new players, are investing in and building plug-in cars.”

2. Electric cars can’t get people where they need to go.

“I’ve been driving electric cars for 15 years and have yet to run out of power.”

“The average American drives fewer than 40 miles a day. That’s well within the 75-mile-plus range of most electric cars.”




3. Charging is a headache.

Chris Paine With Elon Musk

Chris Paine With Elon Musk

“Charging an electric car can be as simple as plugging it into a wall outlet.”

4. Electric cars aren’t any better for the environment.

“Electric cars have clear environmental benefits: They don’t require gasoline, they don’t pollute from tailpipes…”

5. Most people will never be able to afford an electric car.

“…the cost of leasing a Nissan Leaf ($199 a month with $1,999 down) is equivalent to leasing a compact gasoline car such as the Mazda3—except you don’t have to pay for gas.”

To read the non-condensed version of Paine’s “Five Myths About Electric Cars” follow the link below.

via Washington Post

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8 Comments on "“Who Killed the Electric Car?” and “Revenge of the Electric Car” Filmmaker Chris Paine Dispels 5 Electric Vehicle Myths"

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I think another key myth is that EVs cannot offer luxury and high performance. I suspect many envision an experience much like a big electric golf cart.


I would hope that the Model S would have dispelled the Luxury and high performance myth.


Most definitely, but unfortunately I think at this point only car enthusiasts are aware of Tesla. That’s also why I’m excited about the Spark EV. I think people will take notice when this weirdly cute micro-car starts winning stop-light races. 😉


I’ve had a few people show surprise at the size & utility of my Leaf. Some people do still expect “golf cart” when they hear “electric vehicle”.


Many people expect “golf cart” and aren’t surprised at all when they see my i-MiEV. 🙂


Has Chris Paine really something to do with the movie Charge (we are speaking about the electric race motorcycle movie, right?)? IMDb says otherwise…
I like his films, he should do more.

Eric Loveday

Charge was produced (possibly co-produced) by Paine…Yes…The electric motorcycle Isle of Man movie.

Thomas J. Thias
Just A Little Deeper Look Into Things- This article by Mr. Chris Paine that ran in Washington Post attempts to counter the 5 myths of electric cars. I ran across this on April 26, 2013. As you can see below, I felt a need to address a few of his points- Strongly… —————————————————————– “[…}A new report from IEE, part of the Edison Foundation, projects that between 5 million and 30 million electric cars will be on U.S. roads by 2035. “The electrification of the vehicle fleet is a foregone conclusion,” says former GM vice chairman[…]” Actually this source is stronger and more stunning then the IEE, Edison Foundation and states that the electrification of the transportation is happening a whole lot quicker then Chris has been led to believe! The Wall Street Journal April 19, 2013, 5:15 a.m. ET Nearly 22 Million Electric Vehicles Will Be Sold from 2012 to 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research- “BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 19, 2013– While sales of electric vehicles (EVs) have not met the expectations of governments and automakers, they continue to expand steadily. Both plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) have become widely available in Asia Pacific, North America, and Western… Read more »