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|On the Scene|
|Friday, January 28, 2011|
By Emma Hall
Portland State University and Portland General Electric brought filmmaker Chris Paine to Portland Thursday as part of the day-long forum on the future of electric cars at the 2011 Portland International Auto Show. Paine is the director of 2006's award-winning "Who Killed the Electric Car?," which chronicles the birth and death of the electric car in America. Currently, Paine is editing his followup film, "Revenge of the Electric Car," which follows the revived interest in EVs.
"If any city is the capital of electric cars right now, it's Portland," Paine said. Major companies are choosing to debut their electric cars here in Portland, such as the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf and General Motors' Volt are both on display at the auto show. Smaller local companies such as Arcimoto in Eugene and Brammo in Ashland are also growing rapidly.
Paine spoke to an audience in PSU's Lincoln Hall the day before the conference. He chronicled his own personal love affair with the electric car, from his first EV (a Hot Wheels Sizzlers) to his current (a $100,000 Tesla). Paine showed clips from the upcoming documentary that had to be scrapped, and described an entire chapter that pitted San Francisco against Portland as home to the electric car, which sadly ended up on the cutting room floor. After all, that's what happens when you have to cut 406 hours of compelling film into a 90-minute movie, Paine explained.
With his shoulder-length hair, skinny jeans and glasses, Paine fit in better than a Portlandia extra. He presented 26 reasons why the world was turning to electric cars, from A to Z:
Watch the trailer for Paine's upcoming documentary below.
Emma Hall is web editor for Oregon Business.
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