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 »


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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2 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director Chris Paine is no dummy. As a onetime owner of an electric car (the EV1) and a savvy filmmaker, he has quadruple checked his facts—and they are alarming. Although the electric car obviously depends upon coal or oil for its power, electricity is far cleaner than gasoline in the long run with less carbon output. Additionally, the batteries are recyclable, and electric cars make fewer demands in other environmental ways: There are no oil changes, oil filters, spark plugs and other parts and services that conventional autos require. Each of these parts carries its own environmental cost.

See this film. It has nothing to do with the current price of gas and everything to do with corruption on many levels.

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