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

Writer:

Chris Paine
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Narrator (voice)
Reverend Gadget Reverend Gadget ... Self (as Greg 'Gadget' Abbott)
Dave Barthmuss Dave Barthmuss ... Self
Ed Begley Jr. ... Self
Jim Boyd Jim Boyd ... Self
Alec N. Brooks Alec N. Brooks ... Self
Alan Cocconi Alan Cocconi ... Self
John R. Dabels John R. Dabels ... Self
Phyllis Diller ... Self
Colette Divine ... Self
Tom Everhart Tom Everhart ... Self
David Freeman David Freeman ... Self (as S. David Freeman)
Frank Gaffney Frank Gaffney ... Self (as Frank J. Gaffney Jr.)
Mel Gibson ... Self
Greg Hanssen Greg Hanssen ... Self
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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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Unrest in the Middle East. Rising Petrol Prices. Global Warming. There was an Alternative. See more »

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Features 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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Statz
Written and Performed by John Dickson
Courtesy of Fingers Axe Music
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In response to "Likely Explanations.....
30 April 2006 | by joe5472See all my reviews

As a former engineer with both GM and Ford, I have to thoroughly refute what a previous commenter has stated about likely explanations. With the technology of the powertrain/fuel source development that far along, that far advanced within a viable vehicle, crash-safety and equipment regulations would not have removed this from the marketplace. The "skin" and tub/framework of the vehicle would have been either reworked to comply or the powertrain/fuel source would have been adapted to fit existing car lines that meet crash-safety and equipment regulations. There are plenty of examples of "hurry up" retro-fits in Detroit/Dearborn's history. Unfortunately there is much documented history of technology being quashed, patents being bought and buried, innovations left by the wayside to discourage change, discourage having to retool, reinvent, reinvest...and if you don't think that auto/oil/gov are all complicit in this, how naive can one be? GM and the railroads, the Tucker, fuel injection, Wankel engine, anti-lock brakes...all quashed by powerful companies and people not wanting change no matter what the benefit would be in safety, society, or the environment.


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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:

Who Killed the Electric Car? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,138, 2 July 2006

Gross USA:

$1,678,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,764,304
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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