In the Twenties, more than half the cars on the road were electric. Then came the flashy, gas-powered Ford Model T and the first death of the electric car. In the controversial new documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, filmmaker Chris Paine traces the rebirth and untimely second death of the alternatively powered vehicle. General Motors EV 1 won the hearts of environmentalists before it was recalled in 2003. The reasons for the automobiles recall are complex; expensive parts and a lack of viable battery power contributed to it. But GMs decision to have the cars taken away against their customers wishes -- and then crushed -- paints a grim picture in light of the spiraling costs of crude oil and disquieting advertisements for the gas-guzzling Hummer. Draw your own conclusions at the films local debut at Regal South Beach Cinema 18. Visit www.regmovies.com for showtimes and ticket information, and check out www.sonyclassics.com/whokilledtheelectriccar.
Fri., July 28