Portland college student makes EV documentary
A 19-year-old University of Portland student has made and posted a well produced 37-minute documentary on electric vehicles.
Ryan Hunter is a Tigard resident who graduated from Southridge High School in 2018. He is a computer science major who enjoys making short films in his spare time. He made "Electrified: The Current State of Electric Vehicles" after initially being drawn to the advanced features of EVs when car shopping and then becoming convinced of their sustainability.
"My goal with the film was to demystify those preconceived notions about electric vehicles while demonstrating that they are a reliable and sustainable form of transportation. People often think electric vehicles are inferior to gas cars, but I realized that's the opposite of the truth. They're better in every aspect, and it just takes people needing a little bit of confidence to try them out and realize what they're missing," said Hunter.
The documentary explains the differences between the current versions of all-electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It includes interviews with both owners and representatives of EV advocacy organizations, including Zach Henkin, deputy director at Portland-based Forth Mobility. All praise the performance, low fuel and maintenance costs, and environmental benefits of electrified vehicles.
The documentary includes historical footage of the EV1, an all-electric car produced by General Motors in 1990 that became controversial when the company recalled and started crushing them, prompting a fan backlash captured in the 2006 film, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" Many contemporary EVs are also featured, including General Motors' follow-up Volt and Spark EV, the top-selling Nissan Leaf EV, the Toyota Prius hybrid, the all-electric BMW i3, and different all-electric Tesla models.
Despite Hunter's enthusiasm for EVs, his documentary acknowledges some of their shortcomings, including the "range anxiety" that potential buyers frequently need to overcome and the challenges of recharging the all-electric ones for owners without a garage or at least a driveway. But the documentary argues the benefits easily outweigh the perceived and potential drawbacks.
"They're better in every aspect, and it just takes people needing a little bit of confidence to try them out and realize what they're missing. Whether you're getting an EV for the features, for the the price, or for the environmental factor, it doesn't matter because you're making a difference and impact in the world," said Hunter.
"Electrified: The Current State of Electric Vehicles" is being promoted by advocacy groups like Forth Mobility and Plug In America, and it will be featured at the Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show in February. It's available to watch for free on Amazon Prime and YouTube. You can watch it at ev.30frames.video.
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