Who Killed The Electric Car?, the documentary film on the demise of the electric car is now out on DVD.
It was among the fastest, most efficient production cars ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no emissions and put American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry, in front of Germany or Japan. The lucky few who drove it never wanted to give it up. So why did General Motors crush its fleet of EV1 electric vehicles in the Arizona desert? Who Killed The Electric Car? chronicles the life and mysterious death of the GM EV1, examining its cultural and economic ripple effects and how they reverberated through the halls of government and big business.
In 1990, California had a pollution crisis; identifying the source of its problem as car exhaust emmissions, it announces the Zero Emissions Mandate (ZEV) requiring 2% of new vehicles sold in California to be emission-free by 1998, 10% by 2003.
With a jump on the competition thanks to its speed-record-breaking electric concept car, GM launched its EV1 electric vehicle in 1996. It was a revolutionary modern car, requiring no gas, no oil changes, no mufflers, and rare brake maintenance (a billion-dollar industry unto itself). A typical maintenance checkup for the EV1 consisted of replenishing the windshield washer fluid and a tire rotation. So why are we not all driving electric cars today? Was it lack of consumer demand as carmakers claimed, or were other persuasive forces at work?
The film investigates what happened to the EV1. Did it die of natural causes or was it murder? Who Killed The Electric Car? interviews and investigates automakers, legislators, engineers, consumers and electric car enthusiasts including Mel Gibson, Phyllis Diller and Alexandra Paul.
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