Much like our endorsement that everybody should go see An Inconvenient Truth a few weeks ago as a civic and moral imperative, we felt it was also a public service to point out the wildly popular documentary from Sundance this year, Who Killed the Electric Car ?
It was among the fastest, most efficient production cars ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no 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?
The story of the EV1, the electric car that was canned by GM despite its environmentally friendly emission-free driving, obvious commercial viability and hordes of raving fans, is one of those mysteries with the documentarists tell phenomenally well as a classic whodunnit of first order and a first rate indictment of “gas guzzling auto companies and the petro-politicans that love them.”
Hi res trailers available here.
Currently playing in Toronto at the excellent Cumberland theatre while your faithful editor waits for it to slowly drift westward to Vancouver…