A funeral procession from the film "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
Who pulled the plug?
The year is 1990. California is in a pollution crisis. Smog threatens public health. Desperate for a solution, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) targets the source of its problem: auto exhaust. Inspired by a recent announcement from General Motors about an electric vehicle prototype, the Zero Emissions Mandate is born. It required two percent of new vehicles sold in California to be emission-free by 1998, 10 percent by 2003. It is the most radical smog-fighting mandate since the catalytic converter.
A documentary whodunnit.
Fast forward to six years later. The fleet is gone. EV charging stations dot the California landscape like tombstones, collecting dust and spider webs. How could this happen? Did anyone bother to examine the evidence? Yes, in fact, someone did. And it was murder.
"Who Killed the Electric Car?" Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $6 or $4 for film society members. Rated PG. A discussion will follow at Beetlebung Coffee shop, Beach Road, Vineyard Haven. For more information visit www.mvfilmsociety.com.