Who Killed the Electric Car?


1h 30m 2006

Brief Synopsis

The year is 1990. California is in a pollution crisis. Smog threatens public health. Desperate for a solution, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) targets the source of its problem: auto exhaust. Inspired by a recent announcement from General Motors about an electric vehicle prototype, the Zer

Film Details

Also Known As
EV Confidential
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Electric Entertainment; Voltage Pictures
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Ster-Kinekor

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

The year is 1990. California is in a pollution crisis. Smog threatens public health. Desperate for a solution, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) targets the source of its problem: auto exhaust. Inspired by a recent announcement from General Motors about an electric vehicle prototype, the Zero Emissions Mandate (ZEV) is born. It required 2% of new vehicles sold in California to be emission-free by 1998, 10% by 2003. It is the most radical smog-fighting mandate since the catalytic converter. With a jump on the competition thanks to it speed-record-breaking electric concept car, GM launches its EV1 electric vehicle in 1996. It was a revolutionary modern car, requiring no gas, no oil changes, no mufflers, and rare brake maintenance (a billion-dollar industry unto itself). A typical maintenance checkup for the EV1 consisted of replenishing the windshield washer fluid and a tire rotation. But the fanfare surrounding the EV1's launch disappeared and the cars followed. Was it lack of consumer demand as carmakers claimed, or were other persuasive forces at work? Fast forward to 6 years later--the fleet is gone. EV charging stations dot the California landscape like tombstones, collecting dust and spider webs. How could this happen? Did anyone bother to examine the evidence? Yes, in fact, someone did. And it was murder.

Film Details

Also Known As
EV Confidential
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
2006
Production Company
Electric Entertainment; Voltage Pictures
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Ster-Kinekor

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States January 2006

Released in United States on Video November 14, 2006

Released in United States September 2006

Released in United States Summer June 28, 2006

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Uncle Sam's Docs) September 1-10, 2006.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (Documentaries) April 20-May 4, 2006.

Shown at the Seattle International Film Festival (Documentary Films) May 25-June 18, 2006.

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (Documentaries) April 20-May 4, 2006.)

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at the Seattle International Film Festival (Documentary Films) May 25-June 18, 2006.)

Released in United States January 2006 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Spectrum) January 19-29, 2006.)

Released in United States Summer June 28, 2006

Released in United States September 2006 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Uncle Sam's Docs) September 1-10, 2006.)

Released in United States on Video November 14, 2006