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On the heels of An Inconvenient Truth, Who Killed the Electric Car? profiles the flash-in-the-pan success and mysterious disappearance of the Electric Vehicle (EV).
EV technology was developed in the early 1990s and proved remarkably sustainable, efficient, and consumer-friendly. General Motors released the first EV under its Saturn brand, titling it the EV1. Once the lease was up three years after the first release, however, GM pulled the car from the market, reclaimed each lease, and crushed every last one of them in the Arizona desert.
The film argues convincingly that several factors doomed the EV, but the decisive blow came from the oil industry, when it realized that cars running on electricity would upset demand for gasoline. Why put off saving the planet today when you can worry about that in the next century? The fear of electric power actually took on a sinister grassrootsy movement, as the various industries colluded to destroy consumer demand. Some examples include consumer advocacy groups funded by oil companies (we've seen this before), and Texaco buying up enough stock in battery technology to quash its proliferation. Apparently this isn't the first time, either. Remember San Francisco's beautiful cable car system? Well, apparently, Big Oil bought that up too, only to put it out of commission. Oh, and of course, the Bush Administration was intimately involved with all this. Check out the film before some corporation (or government regulatory agency) bribes theaters not to show it.