Filmmaker Chris Payne explores the many factors that played into the ultimate failure of the electric car to catch on with consumers, even as gas prices began to skyrocket, in a thoughtful meditation on the increasingly important role that renewable energy plays in modern society. Introduced as a means of providing an alternative to increasing oil consumption and reducing pollution in 1996, the electric car was an all-but-forgotten memory only a decade later -- but why? Through interviews with consumer advocacy experts, automotive industry experts, and oil industry heavyweights, Payne paints a thought-provoking picture of a culture whose aversion to change and reliance on dwindling resources may be rooted in the financial concerns of a wealthy few, and may also be leading consumers down a troubling path. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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If you are interested in the modern automobile business -- this is the movie for you. If you are a conspiracy nut, you may be disappointed. I liked the even handed way the movie presented multiple sides of a very complex subject that included a hobo stew mix of technology, marketing, govt, legal, consumers, enviro cops, and hollywood activists. And with oil zooming over 100 bucks per barrel, this flick about the EV1 electric car is both interesting and timely.
I found this movie to be educational and very informative. Despite the natural bias towards the electric car, the evidence given is strong and qualitative. I found myself taking notes on the information provided. A great classroom film, this gives great insight into the capabilities of technology, as well as the change in economic climates, and our countries involvement in corporate dealings.
Just who did? Well the accused and those found guilty here are many - simply saying it's not that simple. All about how in just a 10 year period the electric car was produced and then quickly taken OFF the market despite the satisfaction with the cars by those who drove them. They not only took them off the market - they recalled them all and crushed and destroyed them! I couldn' believe what I was seeing. Intresting and thought-provoking.