Who Killed the Electric Car?

“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…

That’s how the plot summary for Sony Pictures’ Who Killed the Electric Car? starts out. whokilled.jpg I hadn’t even heard about this film until I got an IM from Glen E. Friedman this morning saying he’d seen it last night and it shows “something that effects everyday people, not just tree huggers like me.” While a lot of people are talking about Gore’s film there’s no question that many people still think Global Warming is a hunk of crap, and people like the President of the United States aren’t even interested in checking it out. Well, how about gas prices? Everyone I know, those on the left, and those on the right are pissed about having to pay so much for gas. None of them agree about why those prices are so high, but they all cringe everytime they have to fill up. And with the exception of the obvious complaints that “they are too damn ugly” or “I’ll wait for the prices to drop a bit” everyone thinks hybrids are a great idea. So what happened to those electric cars we heard were coming? I guess they came and they went. Glen writes:

“Who does not want to know what is going on with oil prices, and cars? People of every political persuasion can appreciate this film, of an unbelievable true story, of how a functioning product that is better for the entire planet and it’s people could be destroyed because of greed. We learn that some of the first cars of the 20th century were in fact electric, and how these masterpieces recently manufactured were wiped off the face of the earth.”

The trailer is up on Apple.com and the summary there talks more about what’s in the movie:

“It was among the fastest, most efficient production cars ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no emissions and catapulted American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry. 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?”

That’s a really good question, and something I’m looking forward to seeing. The movie opens in LA tomorrow showing at the Arclight and Landmark’s Nu Wilshire, and by the end of the week Laemmle Payhouse in Pasadena, the Laemmle Towncenter in Encino, and Edwards University in Irvine. Here’s the trailer, the IMDB listing (which has a few reviews from people who saw it early), and the official site which is actually packed with info, and has a very cool (unfortunately flash based) comparison of the electric car vs. gas, hydrogen, hybrids, biodiesel and just about everything else.

4 Replies to “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

  1. Are we still getting our electiricity in Los Angeles from Coal burning plants?

    just a question.

    I saw that trailer and i saw a woman filling her car with electricity and the speaker saying it costs 60 cents per gallon , I wonder how if everyone used an electirc car , how much of a demand would be placed on these environmental unfriendly coal burning generators?

    Elucidate me some more people.

  2. The Website of the Movie answered my question.

    Pretty good arguments . There are advantages to cleaner emissions from vehicles , like being able to breathe better.

    If only….

  3. Biodiesel (mono alkyl esters) is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as vegetable oils. In my opinion this is the future.

  4. SEE THE FILM – don’t ask for “Cliff’s Notes” – it will answer all your questions about coal burning pollution, diesel, hydrogen (all bad) and more. You owe it to yourself. It will get you angry in a very bipartisan way, and maybe you’ll walk to a theater next time, or better yet to a government office yourself and say something.

    Remember how mad you were after Fahrenheit 9/11, well like i said, it’s not as funny, but just as sad, and you don’t have to be an environmentalist or democrat to appreciate it, just a human. Oh yeah there’s a bit more hope in the end of this one.

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