Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  4 August 2006 (USA)
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A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Reverend Gadget ...
Himself (as Greg 'Gadget' Abbott)
Dave Barthmuss ...
Jim Boyd ...
Alec N. Brooks ...
Alan Cocconi ...
John R. Dabels ...
Tom Everhart ...
David Freeman ...
Himself (as S. David Freeman)
Frank Gaffney ...
Himself (as Frank J. Gaffney Jr.)
Greg Hanssen ...


With gasoline prices approaching $4/gallon, fossil fuel shortages, unrest in oil producing regions around the globe and mainstream consumer adoption and adoption of the hybrid electric car (more than 140,000 Prius' sold this year), this story couldn't be more relevant or important. The foremost goal in making this movie is to educate and enlighten audiences with the story of this car, its place in history and in the larger story of our car culture and how it enables our continuing addiction to foreign oil. This is an important film with an important message that not only calls to task the officials who squelched the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, but all of the other accomplices, government, the car companies, Big Oil, even Eco-darling Hydrogen as well as consumers, who turned their backs on the car and embrace embracing instead the SUV. Our documentary investigates the death and resurrection of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in our ... Written by Richard D. Titus

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A lack of consumer confidence... or conspiracy? See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

4 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chi ha ucciso l'auto elettrica? - Un giallo che si tinge d'oro nero  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,138 (USA) (30 June 2006)


$1,677,838 (USA) (10 November 2006)

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1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


The boxy, small EV shown being crushed in the movie was the Honda EV-Plus. They, like the sleek GM EV-1, were only available for lease; several returned to Honda, and were converted into fuel cell demonstration vehicles. For a while, you were able to lease them through EV Rentals (at several Budget Rent a Car locations). See more »


Narrator: A fuel cell car, powered by hydrogen made with electricity, uses three to four times more energy than a car powered by batteries.
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Featured in Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) See more »


Written and Performed by John Dickson
Courtesy of Fingers Axe Music
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Thorough and interesting review of an important, hidden issue!
7 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this movie is wonderful. Can't understand the low rating on this site so far--I really wouldn't be surprised if those individuals and industries who stand to lose profits from the revelations of the movie, have voted negatively to artificially reduce its average rating on this well-known site. I mean, jeez, the movie hasn't even debuted yet (I saw an advanced screening)! And already it's only at a four-something? C'mon! Since I leased and drove an EV daily for three years(until it was rear-ended), I feel I'm in a good position to realistically evaluate the movie. Let's face it, it's a story that needs to be told. These issues impact everyone, since everyone is affected by air quality, unstable foreign politics, gas prices, transportation, and (lack of) consumer choice. EV technology is here, now. Unlike the fuel cell, which is perpetually 10 years in the future. Why was it taken away from the consumers who wanted it? Why does our society not promote the mentality that multiple solutions (EVs, fuel cells, hybrids, bicycles, mass transit, increased fuel economy, etc. etc.) all need to be employed to attack our problems with pollution and dependence on foreign oil? Why are there all these myths that the electric car is undesirable and not viable? Consumers and policy makers need to know this story.

As a driver who lived and followed the story, I think the movie does a bang-up job of revealing it. The movie begins with a historical look at the development of the electric car, what factors discouraged it back then, what brought it back to life in the 1990's, its amazing features, and why it is no longer available to consumers as a production vehicle. (conversion kits only, folks!) The movie is filled with history, politics, technology, innovation, and some very interesting personalities. It's woven together well and is smooth and fascinating. Even though it's a documentary, it will not put you to sleep! Go on--go see it. Even if you don't agree with it, you won't regret it. We all have a responsibility to be more active with these issues, and in the meantime it's a fascinating story.

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