Saturday, March 13, 2010


March 13th, 2010
Environmental Surroundings
3:00 PM

Who Killed the Electric Car?
Dir. Chris Paine (USA: 2006), 92 mins

Who Killed the Electric Car is a documentary about the ‘birth’ and ‘death’ of the electric car and the future of transportation. The film looks at the impact the disappearance of the electric car has on the oil industry, the United States Government and automobile manufacturers. The film focuses on the General Motors EV1 electric car which was available in 1990. Who Killed the Electric Car? debuted at Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and appeared at many film festivals, winning Best Documentary at the Environmental Media Awards in 2006.

Narrator Martin Sheen takes the viewer through the history of the electric car and the reasons and suspicions behind its demise. The film also includes appearances by Mel Gibson and Ed Begley Jr., and footage of many influential and well-known politicians and celebrities such as George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Tom Hanks, David Letterman and many more. Who Killed the Electric Car is not only a film about the electric car but also touches on other issues surrounding transportation and the environment.

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