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Documentary sparks renewed interest in electric cars

In the midst of fickle gas prices, one student group is trying to electrify the public with the screening of a documentary.

“The Revenge of the Electric Car” is scheduled to be screened at 7 p.m. Friday at the Drexel Theater for a one-week gig in Columbus. The documentary from director Chris Paine follows four founding administrators of major car companies, such as Tesla Motors, GM and Nissan, as they attempt to reinstate the mass production of electric cars.

Tyler Joswick, a fourth-year in art and the co-outreach for the OSU EcoCAR 2 team, opened up about the importance of giving people the knowledge of how electric cars are made and how the EcoCAR 2 team helps give people that knowledge.

“The electrification of the automobile is here to stay,” he said. “The goal of advanced vehicle technology competitions, such as EcoCAR 2, is to give participating students real-life, hands-on experience, so that they can become leaders in their field.”

In the film, Paine takes a close look at the environmental, social and economic benefits of using electric cars.

Amanda Trisler, a third-year in dental hygiene, said an event like this would be important to the community.

“I’m interested in seeing how this film portrays the electric car industry,” she said. “The electric car isn’t a new idea but we’re always looking for ways to improve the environment. A film like this could give us better insight into the benefits of using electric cars.”

The film is narrated by Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins (“The Shawshank Redemption”) and also includes appearances from stars such as Danny DeVito, Stephen Colbert and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Before the screening, there will be an “Electric Car Block Party Reception” with the guest of honor being Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee.

At 8:40 p.m., immediately following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with several figures in the automotive industry from Ohio and around the country. At 9:45 p.m., the Electric Car Block Party will be held. The block party will present several electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf, the OSU EcoCAR and the newly announced Tesla Roadster.

The Tesla Roadster, which is valued at approximately $100,000, can go from 0 mph to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

Tickets for the event are $6.50 for students and include access to the screening of the film, as well as access to the panel discussion and block party and car show.

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