Who Killed the Electric Car?

93 minutes 8.6/10 based on 4 votes

Who Killed the Electric Car? is a 2006 documentary film that explores the creation, limited commercialization, and subsequent destruction of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the mid 1990s.

The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the US government, the Californian government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting the development and adoption of this technology.

Director/Writer: Chris Paine. Broadcast 2006.

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  • http://etsy.com/shop/cerenaleigh Cerena Leigh

    This was such an incredible documentary. I had to watch it in my science class a few weeks ago. It definitely changed my mind on certain things.

  • claudia

    they should have tried to sell it in europe… also their marketing crew was shit.

  • Jessica M

    This is an excellent documentary. Prior to viewing this film, I was completely unaware that electric vehicles had been available and were then disposed of. The scene where people were stationed outside of a parking lot full of the vehicles, begging for the opportunity to pay for them, was powerful.

  • Mick Scott

    Brilliant Doco.

    Claudia I dont think we were watching the same Doco..
    Cerena- It is a shame you had to be ` Made ` to watch something so important ,interesting and informative – I bet nobody has to ` Make ` you go on face book or play video games- Typical of Gen Y.

  • Hyungnam Gu

    In the early 90s General Motors began developing the EV1, an electric car. When the the California Air Research Board (C.A.R.B.) found out about it they put a law in place forcing car companies to make 5% of their cars electric. This would gradually be raised up to 25% over many years. All companies followed GM’s lead. Ford released the Th!nk and other companies, including Toyota, released electric cars as well. The EV1 became mildly popular, with celebrities such as Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson leasing them. They began to get a waiting list for the car. GM would then contact those on the list and tell them all of the limitations of the cars, something most retailers and car manufacturers would never do. And after a strainful wait, they got to lease the car; there was no option to buy it outright. The advertising campaign was small and less than great. A petition, initiated because a section of utility bills were going to pay for Charging Stations, was being made by Oil Companies. Strangely enough, General Motors and several other companies sued C.A.R.B. for making the law forcing them to make the cars they already were making. Llyod president of the C.A.R.B., an environmentalist, took away the law citing Hydrogen fuel as the way of the future. All companies began viciously destroying all the electric cars they built and not letting any of their customers buy them. All the EV1’s were destroyed by General Motors except for several which were deactivated and sent to museums.

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