|Who Killed the Electric Car?
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In 1996 electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. They were quiet and fast produced no exhaust and ran without gasoline. Ten years later these futuristic cars were almost entirely gone. What happened? Why should we be haunted by the ghost of the electric car?SPECIAL FEATURES:12 Deleted ScenesDocumentary: "Jump-Starting the Future"Music Video: Meeky Rosie's "Forever"System Requirements:Run Time: 91 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. Rating: PG UPC: 043396152861 Manufacturer No: 15286
It begins with a solemn funeral…for a car. By the end of Chris Paine's lively and informative documentary, the idea doesn't seem quite so strange. As narrator Martin Sheen notes, "They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust and ran without gasoline." Paine proceeds to show how this unique vehicle came into being and why General Motors ended up reclaiming its once-prized creation less than a decade later. He begins 100 years ago with the original electric car. By the 1920s, the internal-combustion engine had rendered it obsolete. By the 1980s, however, car companies started exploring alternative energy sources, like solar power. This, in turn, led to the late, great battery-powered EV1. Throughout, Paine deftly translates hard science and complex politics, such as California's Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate, into lay person's terms (director Alex Gibney, Oscar-nominated for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, served as consulting producer). And everyone gets the chance to have their say: engineers, politicians, protesters, and petroleum spokespeople--even celebrity drivers, like Peter Horton, Alexandra Paul, and a wild man beard-sporting Mel Gibson. But the most persuasive participant is former Saturn employee Chelsea Sexton. Promoting the benefits of the EV1 was more than a job to her, and she continues to lobby for more environmentally friendly options. Sexton provides the small ray of hope Paine's film so desperately needs. Who Killed the Electric Car? is, otherwise, a tremendously sobering experience. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Writer/Director Chris Paine Blogs About Who Killed the Electric Car
When Who Killed the Electric Car premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (on the same weekend as An Inconvenient Truth), we wondered whether movie goers were ready for a new kind of 'action film'. Fortunately people jumped onboard and this seems even more true today.
We put this DVD together after the release of the film to include a dozen short scenes we couldn't quite fit into our story. My favorite is one with Stan and Iris Ovshinsky who developed the revolutionary battery technology that powered GM's electric car (and today's Prius). These two brilliant octogenarians took our small camera crew on a Willy Wonka style tour of their inventions including the world's largest thin film solar cell factory. As we stood under a football field size machine in Troy Michigan, I blustered "Is solar power back?" Stan exclaimed " What?! Solar never went away... What was back was backward thinking!" And as his machine cranked out miles of solar cells above us, we knew he was right.
I'm especially glad that the optimistic last scene of Who Killed the Electric Car has proven that we weren't just wishful thinkers when we finished our edit. The clips feature the first glimpse of the ultra fast Tesla electric sports prototype as well the Zenn neighborhood electric vehicle. Both cars are starting to roll off production lines today. And while the State of California (and some car companies) are still gambling on hydrogen fuel cells, plug-in cars are proving to be more environmentally efficient and popular. Early adopters deserve a lot of the credit. Oil companies and the internal combustion engine monopoly may have "killed" thousands of electric cars (EVs) in the 1990s, but EVs are coming back. (Stay tuned for next film...)
I hope you'll find our documentary takes you on a wild ride out of the 20th century and into the 21st. --Chris Paine, Writer/Director
- The electric car
Very informative video on why the electric car has not advanced much further than it should in the United States. It would be nice if there was a follow up video that shows the same or different trends in other countries. ...more info
- Gets you thinking.
This DVD will get you thinking. Why destroy all the cars? Who was behind it? Why get rid of the electric car program all together? This DVD will make you question allot of things and sheds light on things that were brushed under the table. This is a must see DVD!!!!...more info
- Do You Believe the Government Now?
This movie really gets you thinking. Is it any wonder that the oil companies have bought up the new, innovative rechargeable battery technology? Don't you think that the reason the gas prices are so high now (and going higher by the day) is that the oil companies (and their friends in the White House) want to force us to have to drill in ANWR and the Gulf of Mexico where they control all of the mineral rights rather than utilize the battery technology we already have that might put a serious dent in our dependence on fossil (non-renewable) fuels? Check out what Senator Bill Nelson from Florida says about the oil companies not drilling within the huge areas of the Gulf of Mexico they already have the rights to drill in. Get your hands on a hybrid now - at least you can start to wean yourself from those money-hungry oil companies (and their political allies) until someone figures out that they might actually make money by utilizing the battery technology sitting on their shelves. Shame on them (but then that's the American Free Enterprise System, eh? Them that has keeps on getting!)...more info
- Excellent film
I borrowed this film from my local library and was impressed -- the film goes through the history of the electric car and proceeds to tell the tragic story of GM's EV1, in the end convincing the viewer of the conspiracy by the oil companies to destroy the EV1, as it threatened their profits. I enjoyed the film so much that I decided to buy a copy of the DVD for my father & mother so that they could watch it. ...more info
- The Promise of a Better Tomorrow... crushed by big oil and the auto makers
This is a great documentary that shows what progress and innovation can bring when big companies work for a better tomorrow, and how they will stop at nothing to destroy that progress when it threatens their money and power.
Living outside of California, I had no idea that these cars were used on such a large scale.
What a great impact these cars could have had on reducing our need for foreign oil and reduced smog pollution, if only the auto makers and big oil hadn't successfully killed it all. Keep betting on people buying gas-guzzling SUVs, see how well that works as gas passes $4 a gallon.
GM is probably regretting not expanding the EV program, but big oil is still laughing all the way to the bank....more info
- A Must View
Everyone should see this video and the scam the oil companies, and auto manufacturer's have made of the electric car.
They had a viable electric car in the 90's. Hundreds were on the roads in California on lease to lucky drivers. The auto companies withdrew the cars and destroyed them all, when it became clear they were getting to successful.
A must see video.
John Burns...more info
- The Killers of the EV Remain Free Today
Perhaps now more than ever, there has become a renewed focus on finding more sustainable ways to live in terms of energy consumption. Though the soaring gas prices have indeed caused many of us to take note and become a bit more eco-conscious, when a similar movement began in the 1990's it was a myriad of competing factions that in fact pulled the emergency brake on such a movement.
Who Killed the Electric Car is an interesting documentary on the entire electric car life span for conception to production to dismantling in scrap yards just a few years later. The electric car phenomenon that swept the country amongst like minded individuals and in particular celebrity types in a way that perhaps predated the necessity of living a more sustainable life and rather focused on the desire to life in such a way.
Thanks to the EV movement that made driving an electric car fashionable and trendy, the demand for EVs began to peak and a push was on to increase production of electric cars to meet the demand that was creeping up ever so quickly.
But all of that came to a crashing halt. The film seeks to address some of the possible culprits guilty for killing the electric car. Though certainly no charges of murder could be brought, what certain individuals and organizations did to ensure the rapid demise of the electric car was comparable to stabbing the heart of the electric car movement and ensuring it would never breathe another breath.
The movie seeks to point the finger at the different individuals and organizations that killed the electric car movement. There is a spotlight shone upon the gasoline and oil companies just as brightly as there is one cast upon politicians who were more concerned about protecting the interests of Big Oil rather than the consumers' that were buying the EVs interests.
However, what is most interesting is the expose that highlights how the automobile manufacturers also had a hand in bringing down the electric car. It is amazing to think that even when a demand was so prevalent for EVs that the automobile industry would bend to outside pressures to ensure that oil dependent vehicles would live on past the EVs.
Imagine for a second the manufacturers of the EVs actually seizing back the EVs from the consumers and then shipping them off to be destroyed at a scrap yard. Sound a bit too totalitarian for your liking? Well, the truth is that happened right here in America.
The film does a fine job exploring as many different possible avenues for those that could be found guilty for killing the electric car. The documentary is done in such a way that certainly there is a bias shown toward the pro-EV movement and arguments but ample time is devoted to ensuring that both sides of the issue are in fact addressed.
Narrated by Martin Sheen, the documentary is well crafted in the sense that there are a lot of different interviews pieced together in a way that is methodical and cogent. Toward the end of the film when the players are identified as being either guilty or not guilty, a sort of mini-trial snapshot is translated to the film well.
Who Killed the Electric Car is a very good look at a decision made less than two decades ago that certainly now is having adverse ramifications on both the environment and economy. It would be interesting to learn whether or not had the EVs in fact been invested in and supported to the same level as petroleum dependent vehicles whether or not today we would be so dependent upon oil and so impacted by the fluctuations in the price of the oil we consume.
Though there are several parties outlined as being found guilty of killing the electric car, the one main thing to take away is that the parties involved in this senseless killing should to this day be held accountable. And when you are accountable for such an act, you too should be punished.
- One of my all-time favorite documentaries
A great movie about electric vehicles with the potential to create a revolution that would improve everyone's lives here in USA and across the globe. Also a perfect example of how the power, control and influence of a few big corporations and interests over our government put their interests before the benefit of the population of the earth.
This movie is very informative as well as fun; A very good quality production that everyone should watch!...more info
- a very timely documentary
A great film, though a bit heavy on the political side. Still, after watching this movie, there can be no doubt that electric cars are marketable and desireable.
This film documents the life of the EV1, a GM two seater electric car. The cars were leased to a select few customers in California and Arizona, then destroyed after a few years.
I live in Arizona close to several retirement communities, and I see people driving around in electric golf carts all the time, even in 100 degree plus heat. Electric vehicles work.
I am not a conspiracy freak, but this film nails the automobile industry, the government, and the oil companies for keeping electric cars out of the hands of the public. Once you watch this movie, their motivations will be very obvious.
I recommend this film highly. At this price, you can afford more than one copy. Watch it and pass it on, since you'll never see this movie aired on television. People need to know and think about this, especially while they pump $4 a gallon gas into their vehicle....more info
- Too bias for my taste
First I must start by stating my political affiliation (liberal) and my love and understanding of cars (BS in Mechanical Engineering and currently work in Power industry). I think the solution to our pollution problems is definitely electric cars, but I found this movie to be extremely bias and provide little useful information. I would suggest to anyone that is interested to read "The Car that Could" by Micheal Shnayerson. It gives the full story of GM producing the EV1 and the challenges they faced. Once again I would love fully electric cars to be available in the market today but I believe this movie did not confront the subject with objectivity. People who like this movie should watch more Micheal Moore....more info
- Bail out for GM? I don't think so! A Must SEE!
Every person in American who drives an automobile should see this movie! Why is American automobile manufacturer's behind in creating alternative autos that are more environmentally friendly??? Watch this DVD and discover the answer to our national dilemma....more info
- they've killed our future.
You will have a shock when you see the conspiration that was organised at the highest level to remove such a good thing for (earth's) future. You wont believe your eyes and ears... What I was considering the future is in fact the past. MUST SEE MOVIE....more info
- the electric car is not dead
It almost seemed a little too good to be true... a car that runs on 100% electricity, has zero emissions and can go as fast as any combustion engine car. As I was watching this documentary, I was trying to figure out what some of the main drawbacks were because with any new technology, there are always going to be unforseen problems and concerns. I do believe that the oil companies and car manufacturers definately have lots to lose in the wide spread sale of electric cars but there are issues with the practicality of these electric cars as well. For examble... it takes about 8 hours to charge them so you'd have to make sure you don't travel too far without having it fully charged. From the looks of them, they required a specialized plug for charging, not a standard household plug.
All issues aside, we are about to see a re-emirgence of the electric car. Today, people can have their Priuses modified to become plug-in hybrids. Both GM and Chevy plan to release fully electric and plug-in electric hybrids as soon as 2010. It seem as though all of the problems with the EV1 have been eliminated. Some have suggested that the electric cars will force us to build more power plants. From my understanding, they have hybrid solar cars which will be available soon.
This is a must watch documentary which gets us thinking about how big businesses run everything and will do everything they can to protect their assets. After watching this video, you'll understand why the new electric cars will be so expensive. Also, you'll understand why most of them will not be fully electric, but electric/gas hybrids.
- EV1 cost GM over $100K each to make... no wonder.
This movie forgot to ask GM how much it cost them to make each one of these EV1 cars. Bob Lutz (Chairman of GM) was recently on David Letterman (to talk about the EV1s and promo the volt)...
Lutz admits the overwhelming cost of the EV1 experiment and ADMITS the shortcomings (mostly the high cost) of the battery technology that was used. I'm pretty sure these California EV1 users weren't paying a $2000 per month to lease those EV1s... which is what you'd might pay for a $100K car. GM is also maintaining a staff to do the maintenance on the vehicles... no wonder they scrapped the project, simple economics. Do you think these EV1 users would have paid $100K for these EV1 cars to keep? ...no, the creators of this movie only had a $3000 budget... not like they were flush with cash. Do you think GM was going to maintain service personnel to fix these cars when there were only a few hundred on the road... no. Do you think GM was going to 'brag' about how much money they lost on EV1's to this documentary so all their shareholders could express their displeasure with this moneypit idea. Don't think so.
GM is going to go bankrupt anyway... but dropping HUNDREDS of MILLIONS on this effort just to try and appease California didn't help at all either. I think Lutz is right ...the ONLY way Americans will buy an electric vehicle is when gas is above $4/gal and stays there. Until then... there aren't enough Americans who care... unfortunately....more info
- Informative - an Eye Opening Look at the U.S. Auto Industry
Anyone who wonders why our transportation system is dedicated to maximum short term profits on inefficient vehicles should take a look at this story.
Hopefully this will stir us to look at increasing our choices for moving around from nearly total auto dependency to a mix of fuel efficient private vehicles, transit, and better pathways for non motorized travel.
The alternative is to keep pumping money to the Saudis, and multi-billion dollar military actions in the Mid East....more info
- Who's Sorry Now? GM, I Hope!
I recently watched the Who Killed the Electric Car? DVD and must say, it is an eye opener. I was in California when the state mandated that car manufacturers produce vehicles with zero emissions. While it was in place, I saw all kinds of electric cars here in the Palm Springs desert - the EV1, Honda and others. That was a decade ago.
Apparently, the auto companies, with help from the oil companies and politicians, convinced California to drop the mandate, and the electric cars were immediately pulled from consumers who loved them! The EV1 electric car that is followed in this documentary is one hot little car, but GM killed it, recalled all of them (they could only be leased) and destroyed them rather than sell to consumers who were begging to buy the vehicles.
So, we've had the technology for a quiet, practical around town electric car for years. The Japanese got the message and started producing hybrids, while the USA car companies came out with gas guzzlers like the Hummer.
Now, we are paying for big business greed and politics.
This should be required viewing for every American citizen. I highly encourage everyone to watch this....more info
- Who Killed the Electric Car MUST SEE THIS
The movie " Who Killed the Electric Car" is an EYE opener. I would suggest that everyone watch this and then call your congress man or woman.
Let us all do our part in reducing and eliminating the use of Foreign OIL
Why the Big 3 might go under GREED GREED GREED... It is a no brainer and Cheveron to throw away the plans to a battery that had the power to bring the electric car to speed.
What a waste of our bailout money if we let GM and the rest have it .
If they re-tool and re-train their workers that is another thing but to continue to make a car /truck that gets 29 mpg maybe? and think that is good WHAT A JOKE.
I love my Prius and in 3 more years it will be a PLUG in Prius currently I get 51 mpg in Summer 42 in Winter and that is STOCK not a plug in yet, after the plug in add on it will get 103 mpg..
- excellent film
Who Killed the Electric Car is an excellent documentary on the frustrating beginning of a new paradigm. Fortunately the economic decline combined with the increasing threat from our dependence on foreign oil will now jump start this new technology....more info
- GM blew it.
Watching this movie now is enlightening given General Motor's recent decision to close its plants making SUVs and selling off the Hummer brand. The shutdown of the EV1 project now looks to be a huge lost opportunity for GM. Imagine the demand now if these cars were available all over the country. The movie gives evidence that GM placed all their bets on the short-term profits of the SUV/Hummer market over the long-term wisdom of the electric car. Let's just hope that the US auto industry can use the talents and creativity of their employees to produce non-gas burning alternative vehicles that could be sold all over the world....more info
- Seeing is believing
This is a documentary everyone should see. We could all be driving electric cars today is not for big business and government. Thank you for having this. I would encourage everyone to see this....more info
- Who Killed America's Future
I will crawl on my hands and knees in 5 feet of snow before I buy, lease or borrow another GM product!!!
- Excellent film
This documentary cuts right to the heart of the scandal around the stifling of alternatives to the polluting oil-based car industry, and the fact that it is kept on a personal level and follows the fight the owners of the electric cars put up to save them makes it lively and interesting as well as informative...more info
- Excellent footage, very well done.
This is one of the best documentaries ever done. The footage, and the people in the footage on both sides
of this issue, make one of most entertaining and revealing cases for its cause I have ever seen. It presents both sides of the issue, but makes it very easy to see that one side is seriously flawed.
It answers the question "why are people frustrated with government and big business" with a clear evidence.
The scene of the solar panels on top of the White House(before they were removed) pretty much sums it up.
Is it any wonder why GM's stock is hitting a 50 year low today?
A very important film. Every one should see it....more info
- Who's sorry now?
This type of documentary is what corporations AND consumers AND government need to see to make the changes necessary before we kill our planet. Have you seen the recent "green" GM commercials with the plug-in cars? Hopefully, we are all learning the hard lessons. The first time I saw it (rented), I was depressed at the end. I bought a few copies as Fathers' Day presents to show "what might have been". Watching it again, I noticed all the things people are doing to make zero emissions possible. Finally, I'm glad someone documented the grass-roots activism that took place which doesn't make it into mainstream media. That specific battle seemed lost, but the war might yet be won. ...more info
- now is the time
the movie was very nicely done and has motivated me to sell my truck and by a plug in hybrid along with researching new technology. we have the technology to do what ever we want. it is time to start using that technology to slow down global warming. This presidential race is very important with global warming...more info
- Good Historical Perspective
A very good coverage of the history of the car companies activities against the electric car and of recent electric car developments....more info
- Extremely Informative
This film has never been more relevant than it is now. The facts presented show just how efficient and affordable these cars were as well as showing just who killed the electric car....more info
- Big boys don't cry
I don't know why, exactly, but this film made me very sad. Sad, to the point of actually tearing up. While politically motivated trash like "An Inconvenient Truth" either makes me want to vomit or possibly laugh at the arrogant idiocy that spawned the film, this film moved me. Just thinking about the senseless crushing of EV1s, just to keep them 'off the street', makes me sad. If you have any doubt that America is being sold by the gallon, just watch this film. ...more info
- Life Changing Experience
After viewing the movie "Who Killed The Electric Car?", I was moved to buy my 1999 Ford Ranger and convert it to a battery electric vehicle. It is said that marketing of the EV failed to surface demand from the American consumer. What amazes me, is that as someone who converted my first pickup truck in 1979, as someone interested in the electric car, I was unaware of the entire EV history of the late 90's and early couple of years in the 21st Century. I try to keep up with current events. I never saw the advertising or any word in the news. Surely the systematic crushing of an entire generation of vehicles by a manufacturer is an event of national interest. Where was the media?
This movie opened my eyes as to what is possible. Thanks to this movie I was quickly brought up to date on what exactly happened. This movie is a must see for anyone concerned about rising fuel and food prices (i.e. the economy including balance of payments), reliance on foreign oil, National Security (The war and Terrorism), polution and gflobal warming....more info
- How Big Oil obliges us to continue contaminating the environment
In 1990, the state of California obliged through the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate car manufacturers turning a minimum part of their sales to electric. General Motors launched their EV-1 to the market in 1996, and a total of 800 vehicles ran the streets of California. But at the same time, GM lobbied against this mandate, and they won, in 2003, when this mandate was killed. Immediately afterwards, all those leased electric vehicles were withdrawn. Even worse : they were all destroyed, shredded to thousands of pieces, as if to eliminate all physical evidence this car ever even really existed...
Bush then gave a tax cut of 100.000 USD to anyone buying a Hummer, in order to "reactivate the economy". You have to consider that the Hummer is a car with an efficiency far below the first commercial vehicle ever built, the T Ford. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, Bush also went to war to restore the oil supply by Iraq. We must always bear in mind the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt: "The trouble with this country is that you can't win an election without the oil bloc, and you can't govern with it." So, the actual murderer of the electric vehicle is really Big Oil.
Although GM eventually built this car, a real beauty, silent, fast, and called by one of the drivers in this documentary "sexy", they weren't too fond of it either, since there's virtually no service to be done. No spare parts can be sold : no oil filters, no gasoline filters, no air filters, no motor parts, no clutch parts, no tailpipe parts, etc. Even the brakes had never to be serviced on the EV-1 ! When braking, the power was regenerated and used to charge the batteries, so virtually no wear happened.
Happily, oil prices have gone wild in recent years, and other car manufacturers began producing prototypes of electric vehicles. Next year, 2010, will have a lot of electric vehicles becoming commercially available, from a wide range of manufacturers. So far, from what I've seen, Fiat seems to have the most interesting proposal, with the Phylla, an electric car with an autonomy of 140 to 220 km, depending on the batteries you buy it with. The most wonderful fact is that you even don't have to plug it in : it recharges with solar panels incorporated in the roof and the doors !
- It Tolls for.......
Very funny but sad look at how the invisible hand of Mr.Smith works in the market place--NOT!!!! Please give us the car I begged for 20 years ago that you could make 30 years ago! Inc. America blows. India is buying Jag and maybe the Hummer. GM is BILLIONS in the hole. Ford sold it's winning car to a Norwegian worker owned car company that will start selling it in 2010 to unemployed factory workers in America that now have jobs at Starbucks...maybe.While Toy moves from killing fords truck line into hybrids on a mass scale.Inc.America needs government regs before it chokes itself with Smith's invisible hand.Who killed The Electric Car? The Free Market and people that do not see this movie! ...more info
- Who Killed the Electric Car, and 5,000 American Soldiers ?
This video shows, to what depths, the automobile manufacturers and the oil companies will sink, in order to maintain and improve their PROFITS.If America,and the world, had "Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles" there would be very little need for imported OIL.
Nearly 5,000 American soldiers would not have been killed , more than 30,000 wounded. Plus the Iraqi civilians, killed or wounded. What a sad, terrible, unnecessary waste, of people and the world's resources.
The cost of the war in Iraq, for ONE month, would pay for the supply
of a free PHEV to every American citizen. This Video is a "must see", for those
interested in the background, to what goes on in BIG business.
- Great documentary proving that large corporations decide for the people!
Since Nikola Tesla's days have we had the technology to run cars on electricity but the reason we have yet to see this now is because it will make no money to the elite members of the Govt. and Corporations, all greedy and corrupt. This film shows that tha technology was released and when "they" realized their blunder, they pulled the cars away against the will of the American people. Wake up folks and get involved!...more info
- Who Killed the Electric Car?
This documentary SHOULD have been required reading for ALL congressmen and every citizen PRIOR to the big auto bailout vote. It makes you wonder why GM can't seem to be able to get their "new" Volt on to showroom floors before 2010, when they already had an electric car on the road just 3 years ago! The warning words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower 48 years ago have such an erie ring of truth to them today. After seeing this movie, you will wonder if there is any way out!?!...more info
- Does for cars what Blue Gold does for water!
I really loved the murder-mystery foundation of this film. It reminded me fondly of The Corporation and it's sociopath analysis of corporations as a person. But what I really loved about this film is the natural pacing and visual build of its message. It reminds me of one of my other favorite political films, Blue Gold World Water Wars, which also builds with a visual language of its own to a horrifying emotional end. See this film! ...more info
- Must-See Documentary
This DVD should be required viewing for every US citizen. It is an excellent documentary of what has transpired and what continues to transpire in our auto industry. This is not just hearsay, as it includes interviews with several former GM employees who were part of the electric car experiment. It's very captivating and entertaining to watch; not just another boring documentary....more info
- conscientious cars should exist everyday
An incredible achievement in documentary storytelling, this film should be seen by everyone. Why did automakers discontinue producing electric cars? And, more importantly, why did GM pull the perfectly-functioning existing electric cars off the road? And what's the future: Is it the overhyped hydrogen duel cell vehicles or the more reasonable electric plug-in hybrids that are already on the road?...more info
- GM's Electric Car would get 250 Miles on Todays Batteries
I've watched the movie several times trying to cath the little things. Dr. Ovshinsky wasn't happy about GM selling his battery to Texaco. The car went 120 miles on a charge with that battery. The first cars came with defective GM Delco batteries and were only replaced with Ovshinki's battery when he made an unathorized press appearance highlighting his metal hydride batter for the car. GM scolded him for it. But really folks, the car today would get 250-300 miles on a set of lithium batteries, those nice new ones that don't burn or explode when crushed or pierced, lithium polymers I believe they are called. Exxon has been very engaged in trying to corner the market on Lithium batteries, for at least a decade.
The award winning author who, in the movie, claims that GM would sell you a car that runs on pig manure if they can make a dollar, misses the elephant in the room. The elephant is that with no engine and transmission, only an electric motor with 3 moving parts, GM and its dealers would be hard pressed to charge so much money for the car. A regular engine has thousands of parts in its engine and transmission, thousands of operations more to make those parts, and a tearful amount of maint. costs for consumers. The electric car got around all of that. That's why they killed it, thats also why the "award winning author" is completely wrong about what GM would or would not sell you.
Keep in mind that the hydrogen car Bush has in mind will keep us going to his friends gas stations to fill up on hydrogen which they want to make from nuclear or natural gas. The cost? More than gasoline.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that if the nations car fleet were converted to electric overnight, our current power plants could supply 75% of the electricity demand if the cars charged at night.
This movie is important for you to see. Its perfect evidence for the case against corporations running America. Treason for them is often, just good business. ...more info
- A must read for our times.
I always loved cars. Never knew we had electric vehicles that worked in the 90's. And then THEY took back the electric cars to crush them, to hide the fact that electric cars are possible. ...more info
- The Future
This is an awesome DVD that fills in the blanks about the EV1 for those of us who don't remember it, who never got to drive it, and who wondered what happened to it. ...more info