ice for dinner

In response to the 2003 crushing and/or shredding of about 5000 capable electric vehicles, revenge was sought and brought Monday evening at dinner time.  An early screening of Chris Paine's brand new documentary REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR was shown to a respectable crowd in Annville, PA, weeks before the film was even brought to Philadelphia or Washington, D.C.  

A fleet of the vehicles featured in the film were on display at the entrance of the Allen Theatre and included a Tesla Roadster, a 1968 SAAB 96 conversion, a 1992 Mazda Miata conversion and two Chevrolet Volts. We also had components on hand destined for the 1971 Austin British taxi, including a brand new WarP 11.75 - inch DC motor.  And to make life interesting, I had been asked to introduce the film and host a Q&A afterwards.  

A friendly and curious bunch showed up at the unlikely time of 6 pm on a Monday night.  The film offered an unusual glance of the auto industry, behind-the-scenes, with personal accounts from the CEOs of Tesla, GM and Nissan as they re-re-introduce electric cars to the mass market.  The fourth co-star of the film was an electric vehicle converter from California, Greg Abbott, whose presence helped drive home the point that you can also go electric on your own now.  I found the film educational, thoughtful and even historical.  If you haven't, also check out Paine's earlier pivotal documentary WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?  I'd pretty much consider that one "required viewing."

At the conclusion of the movie, you can imagine my delight when nearly everyone remained sitting for the Q&A!  I called on a few of my fellow EV driver friends to come to the front of the theatre and help field questions in a panel discussion format.  Folks stayed for well over an hour to learn more about our experiences with electric transport.  Highlighting the diversity of the crowd were two opportunities that arose that evening.  I was invited to talk EV both for a Spanish radio show and a Swedish newspaper (in Sweden!).  You can't make this stuff up!

I want to say 'thank you' to all those who came out and helped make it a night to remember - having ICE (internal combustion engine) for dinner.  Here's the reaction of the local press.

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