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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In 1996, electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust and ran without gasoline...........Ten years later, these cars were destroyed. 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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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 »


Ed Begley Jr.: The electric vehicle is not for everybody. It can only meet the needs of 90 percent of the population.
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Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »


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Written and Produced by James Lumb / Electric Skychurch
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Interesting look at a hidden topic
12 February 2007 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

A look into the anticipated introduction of electric cars in the mid '90s to their mysterious recall a few years later. The documentary talks to former electric car owners, government personnel and others while examining the automobile industry and the laws that around it. All trying to draw a conclusion about why this clean, efficient, sleek yet affordable vehicle was pushed from the market in the midst of global warming and rising gasoline prices.

The film presents an interesting and largely hidden topic. Giving a brief history of the electric car, which interestingly used to be more popular than gasoline based cars (!!!!), it will leave most viewers scratching their head and wanting to know more. The resulting investigation is surprisingly large in scope and encompasses many things from the highest echelons of government right down to average Joe. All in a brisk 91 minutes.

However, the film is not just interesting, it addresses many concerns that have been rising faster and faster for a while now, which makes it also an important documentary. --- 9/10

Rated PG: "brief mild language." That's funny, Jaws, with all of it's terror, gore and death is rated PG too.

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