Filmmaker Chris Payne explores the many factors that played into the ultimate failure of the electric car to catch on with consumers, even as gas prices began to skyrocket, in a thoughtful meditation on the increasingly important role that renewable energy plays in modern society. Introduced as a means of providing an alternative to increasing oil consumption and reducing pollution in 1996, the electric car was an all-but-forgotten memory only a decade later -- but why? Through interviews with consumer advocacy experts, automotive industry experts, and oil industry heavyweights, Payne paints a thought-provoking picture of a culture whose aversion to change and reliance on dwindling resources may be rooted in the financial concerns of a wealthy few, and may also be leading consumers down a troubling path.
- MPAA Rating: PG
- Genre(s): Documentary
- Run Time: 92min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 06/28/2006
- DVD Release Date: 11/14/2006
- Distributor(s): Sony Classics
Ed Begley, Jr.
Jim Boyd and His Men of the West
Alec N. Brooks
- Themes: Office Politics
- Tone: Biting,Confrontational,Earnest,Poignant
auto-industry, electricity, environmentalism, hybrid, oil-industry, pollution, smog
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (06-26-2006)
- Language: English