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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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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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Unrest in the Middle East. Rising Petrol Prices. Global Warming. There was an Alternative. See more »

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »
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4 August 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

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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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Followed by Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) See more »

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Written by Adam Dorn
Performed by Mocean Worker
Vocals by Jane Monheit
Courtesy of Mowol Inc.
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"I can't believe I cried over a car"
2 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this at the festival. Wow. What an awesome film (and soundtrack)!! This isn't just a film about a car, it's film about us, but more than that, it's an uplifting film about us. Most documentaries make me want to jump off a bridge after I leave the theater, but this one gave me hope. In the pre-hybrid days, the EV1 fully electric car was released by GM in the 1990s with great fanfare and hubris from Roger Smith (yes, the same Roger Smith as "Roger & Me".) It caught on quickly with consumers and gave GM a 3 year technological head start over the other manufactures. GM, however, had inadvertently built a car that required no gas, no oil, and no replacement parts. If they'd stayed the course, GM would be where Toyota is today with the Prius, but with no gas required. But they, and a host of others, chose a different course. This films chronicles the struggle of the dedicated EV drivers (men and women, everyday folks) who decided to take a stand. A stand against who? A stand against auto manufacturers, big oil, the federal government, the state of California, and ultimately their fellow consumers. If one person can make a difference, wait until you see what a growing coalition of one-persons can do (and are doing)! Be afraid, Goliath, be very afraid. As one girl in the audience put it, "I can't believe I cried over a car...twice."


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