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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.

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity B-
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language.

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

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/
http://www.fuelcells.org/hydrogen/basics.html

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.