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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening Documentary
Having watched this documentary I feel like I have been living in a hole in the ground for the last 20 years. How did I not know about this?

Assuming that the information in this doc is accurate (I am sceptical about everything I see and read these days), it appears that in the 90s many of the car manufacturers had working production models of electric cars...
Published on 11 April 2007 by Dyspeptic Spirit

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1.0 out of 5 stars A film mostly for emotive, ill-informed conspiracy theorists whose reasearch into the subject will end at Chris Paine's word.
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...
Published 5 months ago by Nickyboy


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4.0 out of 5 stars Bush Barbarism!!!, 9 Oct 2007
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This review is from: Who Killed The Electric Car? [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
This is an average documentary considering the interesting subject matter. The facts are not in dispute. America's present administration seems to be doing all it can to bring us closer to annihilation by any means necessary.

The Documentary is a paint by numbers exploration of the insanity involved in scraping what could have been a much-needed revolution in the motor industry. The Electric Car.

The criminality involved in its eventual disappearance is sinister in the extreme yet most of what the present American administration gets up to is succinctly sinister.

The dismantling and destruction of California's Tram system by General Motors was a shocking revelation. The DVD extras meanly expand on that subject by showing a clip from another documentary.

My main problem with the documentary as a whole was trying to understand the interviewees. American English has become so hard to understand because of the trend in speaking from the very back of the throat. As Bush Jr. proves diction and eloquence have indeed become a rare commodity in that part of the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A non-traditional whodunit and second chances..., 14 Aug 2009
This review is from: Who Killed The Electric Car? [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
"Who Killed the Electric Car?", directed by Chris Paine, is a documentary, but also a non-traditional whodunit. The victim, in this case, is the electric car, but also every person who was robbed of the possibility of contributing to a cleaner environment by owning a battery operated car. The culprits are many, and they include the oil industry, greedy car companies, the US government, the Californian government, regulatory agencies and even consumers drawn to flashier cars.

In order to understand what happened, Chris Paine follows the process that goes from the creation and limited production of a specific type of electric car, General Motors' EV1, to the sad and senseless destruction of every vehicle of that car model. He puts events into context, and interviews, among others, activists that tried to keep the EV1 alive, consumers that loved that model, and engineers and technicians that created the technology that made the EV1 possible.

After watching this documentary, you cannot help but realize that a big opportunity was squandered by those who were thinking short term. Thankfully, life always gives second chances. Let's do better.

Highly recommended!

Belen Alcat
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener but narrow in focus, 27 Aug 2008
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This review is from: Who Killed The Electric Car? [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
This was an eye-opener for me. I got it on the back of a generally greeny-liberal temperament, concerned about increasing fuel prices and global warming, and wondering what the alternatives were. I found the behaviour of big business so bizarre it left me with the niggling suspiciion that the fossil-fueled vehicle on the drive was only there because of a global industrial conspiracy. But as demand drives supply (or so I learned at school), electric alternatives should be becoming increasingly common as oil prices surge ever upwards.

There is, however, another problem. Towards the end of the film there is a brief clip with a billboard in the background, advertising (I think) public transport). It proclaimed, "Ensuing no-one in LA needs to walk again". There are frequent clips of clogged freeways and traffic jams. And (using the motor industry's own conceit) clips of EV-1s and other electric cars heading down deserted highways in the middle of the wilderness.

Electric cars aren't going to be a panacea, but the film does become rather evangelical - it becomes almost a hymn to the EV-1. Electric cars may not produce pollution as they drive down the road, but they are just as guilty of all the other negatives of motorised transport - death and injury, the fracturing of society by the development of commercial and social infrastructure that demands the use of individual motorised transport. And at present electric cars can only be an option for affluent and articulate middle classes.

At that point the film failed for me - it made a very good point about the domination of the transport economy by big business. And I would agree that electric cars can and should be part of the solution. A more balanced view, however, would be to put the EV-1 and its stablemates in the context of a menu of transport choices that includes public transportation, cycling and (even in LA) walking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, kill the electric car - & all other cars!, 31 Oct 2009
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I hope & pray our grandchildren are not driving electric cars. I hope the electric car remains "killed" by big oil based business. That way when we run out of oil there will be no cars. Hurrah!
If we find a viable alternative to the internal combustion engine our cities, towns, villages, countryside will be once again be grid locked with cars. Our increasingly obese children will remain locked indoors for fear of being run over. Our communities & environments will continue to be destroyed by cars & the massive infrastructure needed to support them.
The car of whatever energy source is an extremely selfish & damaging way to travel. All those resources needed just to transport one selfish human! It's time we grew out of our love affair with the car.
The car is the problem. How it is powered is irrelevant. Kill the car!
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