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Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

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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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Chris Paine

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Chris Paine
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Narrator (voice)
Reverend Gadget Reverend Gadget ... Himself (as Greg 'Gadget' Abbott)
Dave Barthmuss Dave Barthmuss ... Himself
Ed Begley Jr. ... Himself
Jim Boyd Jim Boyd ... Himself
Alec N. Brooks Alec N. Brooks ... Himself
Alan Cocconi Alan Cocconi ... Himself
John R. Dabels John R. Dabels ... Himself
Phyllis Diller ... Herself
Colette Divine ... Herself
Tom Everhart Tom Everhart ... Himself
David Freeman David Freeman ... Himself (as S. David Freeman)
Frank Gaffney Frank Gaffney ... Himself (as Frank J. Gaffney Jr.)
Mel Gibson ... Himself
Greg Hanssen Greg Hanssen ... Himself
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Storyline

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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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 »

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,138, 2 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,677,838, 12 November 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,222,746, 20 August 2006
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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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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David Freeman: The oil industry and the automobile companies are resistant to change. The American people need to be reminded that it took a law to get seatbelts in the cars. It took a law to get airbags in the cars. It took a law to get the mileage up from 12 to 20 miles per gallon. It took a law to get catalytic converters to control the pollution. And i think clean cars are too important to be left to the automobile industry.
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References Batman (1966) See more »

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City As Might Have Been
Written by Frankie Sparo
Performed by Frankie Sparo
Courtesy of Constellation Records
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Interesting look at a hidden topic
12 February 2007 | by BroadswordCallinDannyBoySee 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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