Lincoln City’s Bijou Theatre will give a jump start to National Drive Electric Week this Saturday, Sept. 14, with a free screening of “Revenge of the Electric Car,” sponsored by Pacific Power.

Bloomberg Technology projects that by 2025, one of every six cars sold will be electric. How did this happen — and why? In “Revenge of the Electric Car,” filmmaker Chris Paine documents the race to mass-produce electric cars, from Tesla’s struggles to launch the groundbreaking Roadster to Chevy and Nissan’s stunning surge into the electric vehicle global market.

The movie begins at 11 am at the Bijou Theatre, 1624 NE Hwy. 101. Tickets are available for pickup at the Bijou box office from 1:30 to 9 pm daily.

On the same day as the screening, a wide variety of electric cars will be on display at the Cruisin’ the Bay Car Show in Taft. From 9 am to 2 pm, guests can check out models including the new Kia Niro, Honda Clarity, Smart Fortwo and many more. Test drives will be offered in a Tesla Model X, Tesla Model 3, BMW i3, and the restyled Nissan LEAF in a pressure-free environment — no car dealerships will be in attendance.

“Events like this are a great way for people to discover how easy and affordable it is to drive electric — and how fun these cars are to drive,” said Cory Scott, Pacific Power’s director of customer solutions. “We encourage people to come to the electric car show either before the movie or afterward to test drive an electric car, and to see the wide variety of electric cars on the market today.”

“There are hundreds of electric cars registered to Oregon Coast residents,” said Cruisin’ the Bay’s volunteer coordinator Debbie Jimmerson. “Many people don’t know that because a majority of electric cars look like gas-powered vehicles. But electric cars are much quieter and are cheaper to drive and maintain, and with more torque, they are quicker than gas-powered vehicles. Even more importantly, driving electric reduces air pollution.”

Cruisin’ the Bay will run from 9 am to 2 pm next to The Bay House Restaurant at 5911 SW Hwy. 101.

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