7.6/10
12,053
154 user 89 critic

Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

Trailer
2:14 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Chris Paine

Writer:

Chris Paine
4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.

Director: Chris Paine
Stars: Tim Robbins, Dan Neil, Danny DeVito
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Artificial Intelligence: Monster or Shangri-La?

Director: Chris Paine
Stars: James Barrat, Rana El Kaliouby, David Ferrucci
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Jill Wong
Stars: Annie Liu, Pak-ho Chau, Kabby Hui
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Anna and Keith have been happily married for several years. But things turn sour as Anna, investigating her suspicions that Keith has been having an affair, learns that he is bisexual. Anna... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Whittaker
Stars: Tim Woodward, Jane Asher, Frank Mills
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A reclusive family therapist craving the solitude of an exclusive downtown loft doesn't realize that he's not the only person living in the same space.

Director: Courtney Ware
Stars: Jay Huguley, Hannah Ward, Lee Meriwether
Fireball (2009)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Tai, a young man arrested on a crime charge, is discharged thanks to his twin brother Tan's dogged help. After being set free, he finds Tan in a coma with severe injuries. Tan's girlfriend,... See full summary »

Director: Thanakorn Pongsuwan
Stars: Preeti Barameeanat, Khanutra Chuchuaysuwan, Kumpanat Oungsoongnern
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Directors: Jason Kwan, Jason Kwan
Stars: Hsiao-chuan Chang, Linda Molina, Don Pomes
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A pastor with a shady past moves into a rural town just after the Civil War.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Van Heflin, Joanne Woodward, Philip Carey
The Week (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

THE WEEK is the story of Dick Romans - a washed up TV host whose wife leaves him the day before their week-long ten year anniversary celebration in wine country. Dick finds himself alone ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Gunn, John W. Mann
Stars: Rick Gomez, Joelle Carter, Richard Speight Jr.
Punished (2011)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When a tycoon's daughter is found dead of cocaine overdose after being rescued from abduction, he will stop at nothing to avenge her.

Director: Wing-Cheong Law
Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Richie Jen, Janice Man
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

Passion Island - a place where individuals with different goals met, weaving colorful stories as their paths intertwined...Simon and Johanna divorced years ago, citing different values and goals in life.

Director: Kwok-Leung Gan
Stars: Janice Man, Chen Chang, Simon Yam
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Hui Bao is an actress rehearsing for a performance in a theater play alongside her boyfriend Nan. Falling sick and being unable to perform in the play, her twin sister Hui Xiang replace her... See full summary »

Director: Miu-Suet Lai
Stars: Shu Chen, Mengmeng Niu, Qi Shu
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

Narrator: A fuel cell car, powered by hydrogen made with electricity, uses three to four times more energy than a car powered by batteries.
See more »

Connections

References Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Jane's Theme from THE 13th FLOOR
Composed by Harald Kloser
Courtesy of Centropolis Entertainment
See more »

User Reviews

 
Thorough and interesting review of an important, hidden issue!
7 June 2006 | by veganskaterSee all my reviews

I think this movie is wonderful. Can't understand the low rating on this site so far--I really wouldn't be surprised if those individuals and industries who stand to lose profits from the revelations of the movie, have voted negatively to artificially reduce its average rating on this well-known site. I mean, jeez, the movie hasn't even debuted yet (I saw an advanced screening)! And already it's only at a four-something? C'mon! Since I leased and drove an EV daily for three years(until it was rear-ended), I feel I'm in a good position to realistically evaluate the movie. Let's face it, it's a story that needs to be told. These issues impact everyone, since everyone is affected by air quality, unstable foreign politics, gas prices, transportation, and (lack of) consumer choice. EV technology is here, now. Unlike the fuel cell, which is perpetually 10 years in the future. Why was it taken away from the consumers who wanted it? Why does our society not promote the mentality that multiple solutions (EVs, fuel cells, hybrids, bicycles, mass transit, increased fuel economy, etc. etc.) all need to be employed to attack our problems with pollution and dependence on foreign oil? Why are there all these myths that the electric car is undesirable and not viable? Consumers and policy makers need to know this story.

As a driver who lived and followed the story, I think the movie does a bang-up job of revealing it. The movie begins with a historical look at the development of the electric car, what factors discouraged it back then, what brought it back to life in the 1990's, its amazing features, and why it is no longer available to consumers as a production vehicle. (conversion kits only, folks!) The movie is filled with history, politics, technology, innovation, and some very interesting personalities. It's woven together well and is smooth and fascinating. Even though it's a documentary, it will not put you to sleep! Go on--go see it. Even if you don't agree with it, you won't regret it. We all have a responsibility to be more active with these issues, and in the meantime it's a fascinating story.


156 of 225 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 154 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Killed the Electric Car? See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed