Who Killed the Electric Car?

Who Killed the Electric Car?

DVD - 2006
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Explores the development and curious demise of General Motors' fleet of EV-1 electric vehicles, which could have saved the environment and reduced America's addiction to foreign oil.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006
ISBN: 9781424819546
1424819547
Branch Call Number: DVD 629.2293 Who 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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Bang_On
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.

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TwilightBlue
Feb 10, 2017

Electric cars.

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LittleNoName
Apr 25, 2016

Subtitles are a good size, white with no background.

Eye-opening & thought provoking. Definately highly recommend.

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Nursebob
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.

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mexicanadiense
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.

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20KBT10
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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jianbo
Sep 26, 2010

This is a sad story. To make more good things last. We as individuals should make a clear decision when something is good for us as a whole, and we should make it loud and clear to the government and the industry, which are unfortunately do not necessarily work for the people.

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angie3d
Jan 14, 2010

Gets you thinking

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EvanS
Oct 24, 2009

Who Killed the Electric Car is the best movie ever! It describes how General Motors created the EV1 and also how they squashed this perfectly good car, and all the ‘reasons’ why they decided to do that. It also describes the peaceful protest and vigil against what GM had planned to do and why the protesters got arrested. I would recommend this movie to anyone. The PG rating is for the only ‘bad word’ in the movie: ‘pigshit’.

Spread the word!!!

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