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Still shot from the movie: Who Killed the Electric Car?.

Who Killed the Electric Car?

First time director Chris Paine uses his documentary camera to investigate the executioners he suspects are behind the untimely death of the electric vehicle or EV. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Theater Release: 27 Jun 2006
Video Release: 13 Nov 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What advantages do electric vehicles have over regular combustion engines? What kind of infrastructure is needed to support this new technology? What are the disadvantages of this car?

Do car batteries have a limited life and if so, how are they disposed of? How much additional electricity would be needed and what impact would that have on the environment?

What are the pros and cons of hydrogen fuel cells? What are the overall costs of producing them? How viable do you think this form of alternate energy is for the average consumer?

For more information on hydrogen fuel cells check out these websites: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/hydrogenandfuelcells/

The concept of electric cars is not new. For a brief history on this type of transportation check out the information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_electric_vehicle .

Stan Ovshinsky and his wife Iris work side by side in their scientific endeavors. To learn more about this couple and their work, follow this link: http://www.pbs.org/saf/1403/features/ovshinsky.htm

Finally, check this link (http://www.gm.com/company/onlygm/fastlane_Blog.html#EV1) to read a GM official’s comments about EVs and this movie.


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