"Who Killed the Electric Car" - cleaner energy

The documentary takes an in-depth look at the role played by the United States government, the oil industry, automobile manufacturers, consumers, batteries, hydrogen vehicles and the California government in restricting the development of take up of the electric vehicle technology.  It integrates interviews from various stakeholders such as actors, directors and politicians. 

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The film has several weaknesses, which are mostly centered on issues of pollution from burning fossil fuels by the automobile engine. It is reasonable to claim that the film neglects to mention that electricity has to be generated to power electric cars. The United States generated a good portion of its electricity through the burning of coal. This means that electric cars are indirect polluters. While the makers of this documentary contend that electric vehicles are efficient compared to gasoline-powered engines, they do not offer any proof to bolster their claim.


Yuan Xia