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Who Killed the Electric Car?

If not, Agatha Christie, it's close!

No Member Discount, but Member Alexandra Paul did want to alert you to "Who Killed the Electric Car", a documentary which is about to go head-to-head with Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth".

While the film notes certain facts familiar to KA readers (the failure of fuel economy standards to increase since the mid-1980s, for example)--and doesn't explore adequately every possible consumer worry about the electric car (i.e. the EV's range limitations of 60-100 miles)--it does include a number of startling moments: the refusal of GM to let lessee's purchase their adored vehicles, a GM spokesman asserting that that those same EVs would not be destroyed as the film cuts to crushed--and then shredded--EVs, and Chevron acquiring from GM an innovative battery company--whose products are never heard of again.

As car companies--and the Bush Administration--challenge the regulations of auto greenhouse gas emissions of California and nine other states, we see a precedent in their challenges to electric vehicles in California.

The film opens in some cities this week. For more, visit the movie website.