Who Killed the Electric Car?
- 1 hr 32 min
Who Killed the Electric Car is a documentary about the birth of the electric car as a source of renewable energy and an accessory of sustainable living and how over time the electric car industry has all but died as a competitor in today’s market. The electric car industry has been alive since 1996, but has slowly declined in popularity over the succeeding decade to where today, it’s rare to find electric cars on the road. In the late nineties, electric cars began showing up all over California, where they ran without gasoline and produced no emissions. The cars were prevalent along California’s highways because the fuel for powering an electric car cost sixty cents of electricity per an equivalent gallon of gasoline power. This documentary explores the puzzling decline in electric car sales despite the fact that electric cars can be powered for less money than cars that run on gasoline and that electric cars are better for the environment, with massive net decreases in pollution in the collective industry of users. The film includes interviews with prominent politicians, activists, scientists, and celebrities, who are all trying to answer the question: who killed the electric car? Answers range from lack of corporate wisdom to the big oil companies in the Middle East who are part of OPEC to the General Motors Company. Others say it’s the people who control oil in the market place, because these politicians have a strong incentive to discourage alternatives to automobiles that run on gasoline when there are still roughly a trillion barrels of oil left in the earth’s crust, which means that there’s roughly a hundred trillion dollars of money yet to be made. The film features interviews with famous celebrities including Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Alexandra Paul, Peter Horton, Ed Begley Jr, and a selection of US political figures like Ralph Nader, Frank Gaffney, Alan Lowenthal, S. David Freeman, and former CIA head James Woolsey.