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Who Killed the Electric Car? filmmaker Chris Paine turned anger to action

Paine's cinematic case against Big Oil/Big Auto includes the public record, insider information and damning internal documents. Given this industry campaign to disappear EVs, it's no wonder he's heard comments across the country from people who did not know electric cars even existed until they saw Who Killed the Electric Car?"That's why I'm so happy this movie might reach people, because [what the industry has done] is not going to be the permanent legacy of this car."

You can get mighty pissed watching his film, but the picture does end on a high note, as several of those who systematically help deconstruct The Big Lie maintain that they believe viable, affordable, battery-powered, standard household plug-in cars are coming sooner rather than later.

"Technology does not stop," Paine said. "The characters in the film are hopeful, and as a documentary filmmaker, I take my cues from the people in my movie. If we don't do it, the Chinese will, and we'll all be importing their cars. It's a no brainer at this point."

Read the review of this film: "Funeral March."

WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? WAS DIRECTED AND WRITTEN BY CHRIS PAINE, AND PRODUCED BY JESSIE DEETER. AT EDWARDS UNIVERSITY, IRVINE.

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