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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
4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Documentary

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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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 »

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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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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) See more »

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Written and Performed by DJ Harry
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Everything a good doco should be
4 February 2009 | by nick-1896See all my reviews

What a fantastic documentary! I was ready to dismiss it – I'd heard the argument about coal- burning electricity production and it seemed pretty fair to me. But this film goes into so much more depth and detail. And while it talks about science and politics, it manages to be highly entertaining at every turn.

I think this is due in part to the sincerity and warmth of the characters involved in trying to save the iconic EV1 (Chelsea Sexton is my new hero). I think the interviewers did a great job of getting people's views and personalities across. I thought they'd be a bunch of nuts, but within minutes I was ready to pull my gas-guzzler to bits in sympathy. I wanted an electric engine, I wanted to become a part of the movement that these people so passionately believed in.

Both sides of the argument seemed to get a fair hearing. And they managed to get interviews with some very interesting people at all levels. The arguments made by the film where coherent and well-structured, and the footage they managed to find was great considering just how badly GM wanted it destroyed.

This is everything a good documentary should be. Even if you have no interest in cars or the environment or the dodgy dealings of the oil industry, see this movie. I'll open your eyes.


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