Documentary Screening: Who Killed the Electric Car?

Who Killed the Electric Car? is a 2006 documentary film that explores the birth, limited commercialization, and subsequent death of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the 1990s. The film explores the roles of automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, the U.S. government, batteries, hydrogen vehicles, and consumers in limiting thedevelopment and adoption of this technology. (Wikipedia)

  • Now that General Motors has unveiled its electric-drive Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid concept (and falsely claimed that it cannot find suitable batteries for it,) the fate of its crushed EV1 electric cars assumes new relevance.

    The GM Volt costs a nickel per mile for fuel and runs zero-emissions for the first 40 miles. Who wouldn’t want one?

    Go to your new auto dealer and say:
    “No plug: no deal!”

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