A recent look at Google Analytics for EV Live Magazine revealed that visitors to the site are big fans of movies and TV, which got me
thinking about electric vehicles in these media.
Of course many of us have seen 'Who killed the electric car' and 'Revenge of the electric car', but what about electric vehicles in mainstream television and movies?
Automobile manufacturers often pay movie and TV producers to have their product featured (product placement), especially if it is driven by the main character or hero. Have you ever noticed that cars driven by 'bad guys' often do not have identifiable brand logos?
Believe it or not, there is a site called IMCDB (Internet Movie Cars Database) which tracks appearances of different vehicles (gas and electric) in movies and TV, and rates them according to their significance to the story. Here are the entries for the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S.
At least one movie features a fictional (and very ugly!) electric car. In Clear History Larry David's character departs a Tesla-esque electric vehicle company over his dislike for the product name just before it takes off and he would have made millions. Minor spoiler alert: range anxiety plays a part in the plot.
The Chevy Volt was also somewhat famously the automotive alter-ego for the character 'Jolt' in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Of course the classic electric vehicle reference is the Simpsons 'Stonecutters' episode from 1995, in which the secretive organization takes credit for 'holding back' development of EVs, among other nefarious accomplishments.