Who Killed The Electric Car

From director-writer Chris Paine (driver of General Motors EV1 from 1998-2003) and Sony Pictures Classics comes the documentary “Who Killed The Electric Car” on DVD. A shocking who-done-it style docu that takes the viewer on a murder mystery to discover the controversy and theories surrounding the demise of the EV1 by interviewing and investigating automakers, legislators, engineers, consumers, car enthusiasts and EV1 drivers.

Narrated by Martin Sheen (TVs The West Wing), and featuring on-screen contributions by EV1 drivers Ed Begley, Jr. (TVs St. Elsewhere, The Accidental Tourist), Peter Horton (TVs Thirtysomething), Alexandra Paul (TVs Baywatch), and Ralph Nader, “Who Killed The Electric Car” includes eleven bonus scenes and a Jump Starting the Future featurette.

An official selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Fest and 2006 Toronto Film Fest, “Who Killed The Electric Car” is an entertaining work of muckraking journalism, by the end of which
You’ll mourn the passing of the EV1, a soul that was in the right place at the right time, but was surrounded by the wrong people. Indeed, the docu makes an unapologetic case for the car and an unofficial indictment of the forces allied against it.

General Motors EV1 was among the fastest, most efficient production electric automobiles ever built. It produced zero emissions and catapulted American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry. The lucky few who drove it never wanted to give it up. So why did General Motors crush its fleet of EV1 electric vehicles in the Arizona desert Who Killed The Electric Car chronicles the life and mysterious death of the GM EV1, examining its cultural and economic ripple effects and how they reverberated through the halls of government and big business. Featuring EV1 driving Peter Horton, Ralph Nader and Alexandra Paul and interviews with a wide range of interested parties, from drivers to scientists and environmentalists to people who were part of GM’s EV1 sales team, and who remain committed believers today.


Written and directed by Chris Paine.
Executive produced by Dean Devlin (Godzilla, Independence Day).
Produced by Thaddeus Wadleigh.

Running Time: 91 Minutes.
MPAA Rating: PG.

Bonus Features

Bonus Scenes: Do you want to have this argument on camera Dream Car, Hallowed Grounds
Collette & J. Karen, Brakes & Tailpipes, Stan & Iris: Building a Better World, Are EVs Less Polluting Street Theatre, Meeky Rose Forever, Shooting the EV, Who Killed the Electric Street Car and Jump Starting the Future

DVD Catalog #: 15286
DVD UPC Code: 0-43396-15286-1
DVD Order Date: 9/21/06
DVD SLP: $26.96