In later days it ran "award winning" doomsday-style advertising featuring the EV1 and ran customer surveys which emphasized drawbacks to electronic vehicle technology which were not actually present in the EV1. Rommthe author of The Hype About Hydrogenwho lists five problems he sees with hydrogen vehicles: In an interview with retired GM board member Tom Everhart, the film points out that GM killed the EV1 to focus on more immediately profitable enterprises such as its Hummer and truck brands, instead of preparing for future challenges.
The film explores some of the motives that may have pushed the auto and oil industries to kill off the electric car. The film corroborates the claim that hydrogen vehicles are a mere distraction by stating that "A fuel cell car powered by hydrogen made with electricity uses three to four times more energy than a car powered by batteries" and by interviewing Joseph J.
In his June 15, post—published 13 days before the film was released in the U. The second generation EV1 and those released by Honda, Toyota, and others from to the end of the program, featured nickel-metal-hydride or even lithium-ion Nissan batteries with a range of or more miles.
While heating can be provided with an electric resistance heater, higher efficiency and integral cooling can be obtained with a reversible heat pump.
The film also showed the failed attempts by electric car enthusiasts trying to combat auto industry moves, and save the surviving vehicles.
GM spokesman Dave Barthmuss argued it was lack of consumer interest due to the maximum range of 80— miles per charge, and the relatively high price.
The film focuses primarily on the General Motors EV1which was made available for lease mainly in Southern Californiaafter the California Air Resources Board CARB passed the zero-emissions vehicle ZEV mandate in which required the seven major automobile suppliers in the United States to offer electric vehicles in order to continue sales of their gasoline powered vehicles in California.
On November 6,a Tesla Model S being driven on Interstate 24 near Murfreesboro, Tennessee caught fire after it struck a tow hitch on the roadway, causing damage beneath the vehicle. The term "electric vehicle" refers to any vehicle that uses electric motors for propulsion, while "electric car" generally refers to highway-capable automobiles powered by electricity.
Cabin cooling can be augmented with solar poweror by automatically allowing outside air to flow through the car when parked. Inover 20 years before the Ford Model TThomas Parker built the first practical production electric car in London inusing his own specially designed high-capacity rechargeable batteries.
Bush joined the auto-industry suit against California in Through astroturfing groups like "Californians Against Utility Abuse" they posed as consumers instead of the industry interests they actually represented.
The film features a film score composed by Michael Brook. American consumers[ edit ] While few American consumers ever heard of the electric cars in California, those who did were not necessarily critical mass for this new technology.
Several activists, including actresses Alexandra Paul and Colette Divine, were arrested in the protest that attempted to block the GM car carriers taking the remaining EV1s off to be crushed.
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Who Killed the Electric Car? is a documentary film that explores the creation, limited commercialization, and subsequent destruction of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the mids.
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