Who Killed the Electric Car?

This film proves what many of us have long heard as apocryphal rumor: The “automobile of the future”—the one that could slow the destruction of the ozone layer and temper the tensions between oil-producing and -consuming nations—actually did exist, right in the U.S. In the 90s, General Motors created the EV-1, a fast, efficient electric vehicle that produced no emissions; the praise heaped on today’s hybrids is nothing compared with the rhapsodic passion the EV-1 inspired in the few hundred Californians who leased it. So why was the entire fleet recalled and destroyed in the Arizona desert? This fascinating documentary explores that question and raises others about the motives of the forces that are running our country.