Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

Who Killed the Electric Car?
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG
Runtime 1hr 30mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords investigation
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Martin Sheen Actor Narrator 1 1000001
Dave Barthmuss Actor n/a 1 1000002
Jim Boyd Actor n/a 1 1000003
Alec Brooks Actor n/a 1 1000004
Alan Cocconi Actor n/a 1 1000005
John Dabels Actor n/a 1 1000006
Phyllis Diller Actor n/a 1 1000007
Colette Divine Actor n/a 1 1000008
Tom Everhart Actor n/a 1 1000009
S Freeman Actor n/a 1 1000010
Frank Gaffney Actor n/a 1 1000011
Mel Gibson Actor n/a 1 1000012
Greg Hanssen Actor n/a 1 1000013
Peter Horton Actor n/a 1 1000014
Doug Korthof Actor n/a 1 1000015
Alan Lloyd Actor n/a 1 1000016
Alan Lowenthal Actor n/a 1 1000017
Edward Murphy Actor n/a 1 1000018
Ralph Nader Actor n/a 1 1000019
Dan Neil Actor n/a 1 1000020
Linda Nicholes Actor n/a 1 1000021
Iris Ovshinsky Actor n/a 1 1000022
Stanford Ovshinsky Actor n/a 1 1000023
Alexandra Paul Actor n/a 1 1000024
Bill Reinert Actor n/a 1 1000025
Wally Rippel Actor n/a 1 1000026
Paul Roberts Actor n/a 1 1000027
Joseph Romm Actor n/a 1 1000028
Paul Scott Actor n/a 1 1000029
Chelsea Sexton Actor n/a 1 1000030
Jananne Sharpless Actor n/a 1 1000031
J Thomas Actor n/a 1 1000032
John Wallace Actor n/a 1 1000033
James Woolsey Actor n/a 1 1000034
Bill Wylam Actor n/a 1 1000035
Chris Paine Director n/a 2 2000001
Jessie Deeter Producer n/a 3 3000001
Dean Devlin Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Richard Titus Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Tavin Titus Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Rachel Olschan Co-Producer n/a 170 3000005
Kathy Weiss Co-Producer n/a 170 3000006
Alex Gibney Consulting Producer n/a 548 3000006
Marc Roskin Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000007
Kearie Peak Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000008
Natalie Artin Associate Producer n/a 171 3000009
Jeff Steele Associate Producer n/a 171 3000010
Chris Paine Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Thaddeus Wadleigh Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Michael Kovalenko Editor n/a 172 7000001
Chris Peterson Editor n/a 172 7000002
Peter Afterman Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000001
Margaret Yen Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000002
Michael Brook Original Music Music 120838 8000003
Sheraz Sadiq Research Researcher 458 12000001
Alex Lamm Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Jim Ridgley Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Jayme Roy Sound n/a 120816 14000003
Bill Stefanacci Sound n/a 120816 14000004
Jerry Gilbert Supervising Sound Editor n/a 328 14000005
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.