Who Killed the Electric Car?


Who Killed the Electric Car?

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A searing indictment of big business and greed, Who Killed The Electric Car? is a well-tuned doc that simultaneously entertains and enrages.



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An investigation into the death and resurrection of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in our country's future.

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Critic Reviews for Who Killed the Electric Car?

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (93) | Rotten (12)

  • Another few of these squandered opportunities for art-house muckraking and we'll need someone to ask who killed the left-wing documentary.

    Aug 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Chris Paine's documentary about General Motors' development and withdrawal of the innovative, environment-friendly EV1 automobile is bound to reverberate with anyone who's fallen in love with a product only to see it irrevocably yanked from the market.

    Mar 21, 2008 | Full Review…
  • This fascinating feature-length documentary tells the shameful story of how fast, economical electric cars became a hit in California in the 1990s, then vanished almost overnight.

    May 24, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's liable to get people hopping mad, whether or not they buy Paine's overarching conspiracy theory.

    Oct 7, 2006
  • ... an entertaining but sometimes disingenuous documentary ...

    Aug 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • An entertaining if slightly skewed documentary about the short life and early death of General Motors' EV1.

    Aug 10, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Who Killed the Electric Car?

  • Jan 09, 2013
    Very interesting film on the alleged destruction of the electric car by GM. Interestingly enough, I think this was the last time that Mel Gibson appeared in something and was thought of as a hero. I'm more convinced however that the electric car was originally killed because of a lack of infrastructure rather than because of the oil industry. The electric car has returned in some form of course but the infrastructure issues continue.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2008
    A very informative documentary.Why would the government allow an electric car and then they would lose money on gas prices?
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2008
    A pretty decent well put together documentary that really informed me of something that I knew of, but did not really know much about. With the things that were stated about the electric car, it would be a good car to take around town or back and forth to work, but not to be able to go out of town and visit family or friends. We do need something like the electric car though as things are getting a bit out of hand. But the nice thing about this documentary, this is not really a propaganda piece, at least for politics anyways. A David versus Goliath story.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2007
    A really great documentary showing how money controls everything and how America is filled with zombies that buy what big business tells us to buy.
    James A Super Reviewer

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