If you had asked me in July 2006 — less than five years ago — if I could envision myself driving an all-electric vehicle in the foreseeable future, you would have been treated to a jaded snicker and disgusted eye roll of the sort only a dedicated conspiracy theorist can deliver. I'd just watched Ed Begley Jr. deliver a eulogy at a mock funeral for the General Motors all-electric EV1 in Chris Paine's documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? ...
So several weeks ago, when I learned I would have an opportunity to spend a week driving a LEAF — Nissan's all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle — I was ecstatic.
Well, Jack is a believer now, and a follow-up to the aforementioned documentary, Revenge of the Electric Car, makes its Nashville premiere at The Belcourt on Friday, Oct. 28, with director Chris Paine attending the afterparty afterward at Cabana. The dual event will act as a fundraiser for Urban Green Lab, an innovative, first-of-its-kind community center and sustainability hub in East Nashville that plans to open in late 2012. We'll have a more detailed profile of UGL — and Nissan's involvement as a founding sponsor — in the Oct. 27 Scene. In the meantime, tickets to the premiere/fundraiser are $40 and available through the UGL website.
Revenge follows two key electric-car converts — including climate-change-denying Bob Lutz of the EV1-killing General Motors, and former EV doubter Carlos Ghosn of Nissan — as they, along with Tesla Motors' Elon Musk and engine converters like Greg Abbott, try to move past fossil-burners. It's riveting stuff. Check out the Revenge trailer and full event details below.
Revenge of the Electric Car
2120 Belcourt Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212
Screening: 7 p.m.
Premiere After-Party at Cabana
Featuring Revenge director Chris Paine, the Urban Green Lab team, and the Nissan LEAF
1910 Belcourt Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212
8:45 — 11:30 p.m.
$40 donation to Urban Green Lab includes admittance to the premiere of Revenge of the Electric Car and After-Party.