What an interesting afternoon and evening!
First a public display between 4 and 6 pm in Woodwards atrium of the only two pure electric cars you can buy in North America today - the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi iMiEV. BC Hydro provided one of their two GM Volts.
The main event followed at 6:30 pm at Tinseltown. Chris Paine's powerful new documentary, narrated by actor Tim Robbins, showed the behind-the-scenes and the all-too-personal trials and tribulations of three electric car manufacturing movers and shakers. This film was a sequel than to the original "Who Killed the Electric Car", but much more personal. You could see the emotion in the eyes of Elon Musk of Tesla, Bob Lutz of GM and Carlos Ghosn of Nissan as the markets crash in 2008 and their companies go into severe jeopardy. Greg "Gadget" Abbott is featured also as a convertor of EVs and has his own disastrous misfortunes at the same time. All come through into better times and the story has a happy ending as the cars come through and become available to the public.
The movie was followed up by a panel discussion and fielding of some questions from the audience. The panel represented persepectives from BC Hydro, Powertech Labs (BC Hydro EV research division) and reps from local Mitsubishi and Nissan dealers.
Huge kudos to David Feldhaus and Aileen Penner for the professional class event planning and promotion with only one month lead time (over the year-end holiday period nonetheless), John Stonier for his very informative pre-show PowerPoint slide presentation, Bruce Stout, Barry Shell and others for taking care of the cash box.