Who Killed the Electric Car?

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2006

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2006
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Who Killed the Electric Car? is a documentary investigating the rise and subsequent fall of the first electric car introduced to the automotive marketplace. In 1996, General Motors offered the EV1, a 100% electric car, for a 3 year lease. The clean machine was a hit with drivers, required very little upkeep, and most importantly, did not require gas. But within ten years, the EV1 was nowhere to be found. Upon completion of the leases, GM took back the cars and had them destroyed, leaving remorseful customers and gas guzzling SUV's in their place. This touching and thought provoking documentary, directed by Chris Paine and narrated by Martin Sheen, delves into the possible reasons for the EV1's demise, from the U.S. Government to the big oil companies, and everyone in between. They are all put on trial, and though a glaring opposition to a sustainable life is apparent is by many, Paine leaves the viewer with an uplifting and hopeful message about what consumers can do to change a culture of consumption and dependence upon foreign oil. Who Killed the Electric Car? Watch and see for yourself.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    A murder mystery, a call to arms and an effective inducement to rage, Who Killed the Electric Car? is the latest and one of the more successful additions to the growing ranks of is...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    Fascinating documentary.

  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Oil companies aren't the only ones profiting from a spike in prices at the gas pump. It's likely also to boost the prospects of Who Killed the Electric Car? a likable if partisan p...

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