Who Killed the Electric Car?

Who Killed the Electric Car?

DVD - 2006
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Investigates the development and demise of the fuel-efficient, environment-friendly electric car. Examines the Bush administration's role in the car's being peremptory pulled from production, the influence of the automobile industry and oil interests, and implications for the future of sustainable energy in the United States.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781424819546
Branch Call Number: DVD-ED 629.2293 WHO286
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.


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Sep 04, 2020

Wow, even though this documentary was made in 2006, it's still an eye-opening look at GM, California and the electric car. Really interesting and some of it was just jaw dropping. Martin Sheen narrates it, but look for celebrities (Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson) and politicians (a few former presidents) as well. I really enjoyed it.

Jun 12, 2019

Written and directed by Chris paine in 2006, this 92-minute documentary looks into the auto industry's biggest consipiracy.
Many had built electric cars since the invention of automobiles even in the 1910s.
Running solely on electricity, General Motors's fleet of EV1 electric cars turned out so efficient, they seemed to alter the future of driving in America if not in the world.
So why don't we see many electric cars on the road now?
Enlightening, amazing and thought-provoking!

Nov 22, 2018

"Who Killed the Electric Car?" is a fairly interesting documentary that looks at the approach that was taken in order to sell the idea of the electric car to the citizens of California.

I think you will be quite surprised to find out who it was that really killed the electric car.

Jul 04, 2018

Between 1996-2006 - General Motors (along with solid backing from the state government) invested a lot of time and expense in an honest attempt to try to sell the idea of the electric car to the skeptical people of California.

Written and directed by Chris Paine - This 90-minute technology-documentary takes a close-up look at the many obstacles that faced GM when trying to convince the public that the electric car was a positive step in the right direction.

This vehicle was looked upon as a means to fight the ever-growing concerns about the drastic increase of air pollution on this planet.

Facing fierce opposition and pressure from such multi-million-dollar oil companies as Mobil and Shell - GM eventually gave up their campaign and the whole project was killed.

Be sure to watch this insightful presentation to find out the real reason behind the electric car's unfortunate and inevitable demise.

Though more than ten years old, this documentary is very timely given that Trump plans to roll back federal vehicle emission standards. The film tells the story of California's initially successful attempt to nudge automakers into bringing an all-electric vehicle to market. The big car companies then sabotaged their own programs and set about lobbying the various agencies to allow it to happen. What was a revelation to me was how hydrogen -- the wildly futuristic and unrealistic scheme to create a significant fleet of hydrogen-powered automobiles -- was used as a bait and switch to kill the electric car.

Feb 10, 2017

Electric cars.

Apr 25, 2016

Subtitles are a good size, white with no background.

Eye-opening & thought provoking. Definately highly recommend.

Feb 06, 2015

So...electric cars were pulled off the market because auto makers and the oil industry didn’t want to see their profits threatened. To this end they were given invaluable assistance from Republican lackeys while an anesthetized public drooled over all the pretty SUVs being rolled out... Unlike the smug self-righteousness and half-truths of a Michael Moore production Paine manages to cover all aspects of this corporate-sponsored tragedy with equanimity, letting the facts speak for themselves. The talking heads are engaging and an attention to detail is evident throughout. His documentary is not so much a rant against big business as it is a lament for social and political apathy in general....yet it ends on a surprisingly hopeful note. Well done.

Jun 11, 2014

This made for interesting first-time viewing in 2014. It's a shame not all that much has changed under the Obama administration, though at the same time the success or failure of electric vehicles should no longer 100% be laid at the feet of U.S. automakers- were they feasible for mass production and consumption, I don't see why Japanese, European, Indian or Chinese manufacturers would be holding back.

Sep 27, 2010

Describes the fight between money, industry and ecology as well as the tension between responsibility and development. You can really see how something good gets squashed because of someone’s opposing interest. Eye-opening (or confirms what you’ve always suspected). I wonder what our children will say at this chapter in our history, how we could have made things better, but “interests” got in the way…

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