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on 16 April 2014
It's never been easier to get your hands on an electric car, especially with government incentives, so I suppose the answer to the film's question would be 'no one'.

A skewed, one-sided argument is presented here that generally ignores the culture of US automobiling at the time of the EV1 inception. Only 2,000 EV1s were ever leased at a time when a gallon of gas cost $1.30 and 207.8 million combustion engine vehicles were already on the road delivering better performance and a wider variety of style.

Still, the film should give the more feeble minded among us proficiency in understanding how economics, 'Big Corp' and the 'PTB' operate.

If they haven't already learned how the world works in one viewing of Zeitgeist that is.
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VINE VOICEon 28 November 2009
Sometimes I watch documentaries etc that make me despair about aspects of what is happening in the world. It is rare for me to watch something that makes me angry, but "Who Killed The Electric Car?" did that. It stirred in me an underlying anger that has been there since I tried to buy the electric version of the Toyota Rav 4 some years ago. "What electric version?" you might think. Exactly - most people have never even heard of their existence because, like a number of other electric cars of the time, the electric Rav 4 was killed off.

I drove one of the limited number of electric Rav 4's built whilst staying in the Channel Islands some years ago. They were excellent vehicles, but their production was halted and many of the existing ones are reported to have been destroyed by the manufacturer. I've been in the market for a new car for a few years, but have been telling Toyota sales people that I won't be buying another Rav 4 until they re-introduce the electric, or at least a plug-in hybrid (the plug-in is significant in that bit).

For anybody doing 50 or 60 miles per day (or even more), it is perfectly possible for a car to do that purely from batteries without an internal combustion engine having to kick in. Given that the national average daily mileage is less than that, the majority of the population could drive without using petrol. Yes, the energy still has to be produced, but there are far cleaner and more efficient ways of doing it than the internal combustion engine. That's the background to my anger about this. What "Who Killed The Electric Car?" did was to show that other manufacturers also created perfectly capable electric cars years ago, but that they also then destroyed them.

This DVD describes the relationships between the automobile manufacturers, the oil producers, the automotive support industries, the federal government in the USA, the state government of California etc, putting forward why and how the electric car was effectively killed off. Although there are some signs that electric cars may appear in larger numbers in future, their mass production has been delayed by the industry for years, and this DVD explains why and how.

When automobile manufacturers take taxpayers money to survive, the government should be forcing (with legally binding agreements) them to make vehicles that make strategic sense in terms of people's health and climate change (although the energy still has to be produced, it can be done more efficiently and more cleanly than using a combustion engine). If the manufacturers won't agree to that, then nationalise them and sell them to somebody who will do so. It the current shareholders don't like that idea then they should force the directors to avoid that scenario from happening.

Excellent DVD. Very watchable. Watch it, then send it to your MP for him or her to watch.
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on 24 November 2014
An excellent documentary style film that really opened my eyes to how big corporate motor manufacturer's and oil companies sealed the fate of a great electric car that makes today's electric city cars look as useless as they currently are. Fortunately the very innovative engineers and designers who developed the tech highlighted in this film are beginning to use it in many different ways and offering viable green solutions as a result. 😉
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on 15 January 2011
I'm pretty clued up on cars, but a lot of the content and facts in this documentary really opened my eyes to the state of electric and alternative propulsion cars. But be warned, you'll fall in love with the EV1 this documentary focuses on, AND you'll really really hate some of the corporations studied in this film.

Either way, i should have watched this a long time ago!
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on 13 September 2012
Excellent documentary that tells the story of the development of an electric car that was so good the makers withdrew it from the market when they realized the effect the car would have on the sales of petrol run cars. A shockingly sad tale of how the capitalist market thinks nothing for the environment or the future of the planet, only of profit.
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on 11 January 2010
I can't believe that GM would stop selling a car that customers wanted and were willing to fight for. Most car companies pay big bucks to get that type of loyalty. Yet GM didn't car. A few years later, they have gone bust!!.
An what was the top selling Toyota last year: The Prius ( a hybrid electric car).
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on 18 February 2016
I thought this was a great film about a sad time in the automotive industry. Now with the re-emergence of the electric car, it seems even more poignant, as so much time has been lost on what could have revolutionised the industry years ago, not to mention all the environmental benefits there would have been.
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on 9 February 2015
Excellent insight into what appears to be the oil industry pulling strings to quietly subdue competition, but everyone knows by now that the organisations that "Killed " the electric car are the very ones who are responsible for killing our Planet.
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on 29 April 2009
This is an excellent documentary, which shows that the vested interests of the car and oil industry killed a car that back in the mid-ninties was technologically well advanced. Initially it's battery would take you 60 miles. But later another battery was developed that had the potential to take you 300 miles.
Now compare that with GM's latest anouncement that their "new" electric car which is still in development presently has a range of 40 miles.
Um hello! You had a car 15 years ago that could do 60 miles per charge. How come your new car can only do 40?

I can highly recommend this film as it shows what is possible if industry and government has the will to push forward alternative technology.
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on 11 March 2009
One of the most well written technical books I have ever read.

A must have for any Electric Vehicle enthusiast who is technically minded.
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