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5.0 out of 5 stars Vital viewing, not just for conspiracy theorists, 28 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Who Killed The Electric Car? [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
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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