Thursday, August 5, 2010

"Who Killed The Electric Car?" - A Documentary

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Who Killed the Electric Car? is a 2006 documentary film that explores the 10 year life span of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1. The film explores the role that several parties including auto manufacturers, the oil industry, state and federal governments, and consumers played in the failure of the electric vehicle in the 1990s.

It has been criticized, primarily by General Motors, for not accurately portraying the company's dedication to the technology. Most criticisms focus on the movie's implication that there was a high demand for electric vehicles and an unwillingness of automakers to produce the cars.

Tom Hanks is working with a company to continue to produce an all electric car. Wonderful that he's helping save the planet!

I saw Who Killed The Electric Car? It's so sad that General Motors made these cars which were so successful, and yet were squelched for very obvious reasons.


Anonymous said...

OMG! Didn't know anything about this! Am definitely going to rent this film! K.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Can you believe, the battery operated car was around before cars fueled by oil in the 1900's?
Then in the 1990's Gm makes these incredible battery-operated cars which were highly successful. Why did they recall them, and scrap them? That's what this documentary is all about. I hope more people catch on to this, and something can be done. It will help stop our dependence upon oil!

frx aviation battery said...

Yeah. It will certainly stop our dependence with oil. It will also save our planet from the very harmful carbon dioxide. Let's help save our planet.

jay said...

The only problem with electric cars is the battery. Even hybrid cars have something to answer for with regard to the environment - and I don't mean the petrol/diesel component. These batteries are big, and very ecologically unsound. They contain highly toxic chemicals and cannot be put in landfill without serious consequences. The worst of it is that they don't last very long, either.

That's the part of the technology that really needs work.

i beati said...

preposterous.The Last Station good film checkov

Chandini Santosh said...

Dear Petra
Long time since I been here. I am on Facebook. Are you there?
I am in a group where there are many poetry lovers. You could post yours there and get all the appreciation you rightly deserve.