Who Killed the Electric Car?

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Published: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2006.
ISBN: 9781424819546
Branch Call Number: DVD 629.2293 WHO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 91 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Feb 06, 2015
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • 20KBT10 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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…

Sep 26, 2010
  • jianbo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 14, 2010
  • angie3d rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Gets you thinking

Oct 24, 2009
  • EvanS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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’.

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