Alternative Energy Project/Paper

Watch the movie in lab:

·                     Tagline: In 1996, electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust and ran without gasoline...........Ten years later, these cars were destroyed.

·                     Plot Outline A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Plot Synopsis: With gasoline prices approaching $4/gallon, fossil fuel shortages, unrest in oil producing regions around the globe and mainstream consumer adoption and adoption of the hybrid electric car (more than 140,000 Prius' sold this year), this story couldn't be more relevant or important.

·                     The foremost goal in making this movie is to educate and enlighten audiences with the story of this car, its place in history and in the larger story of our car culture and how it enables our continuing addiction to foreign oil. This is an important film with an important message that not only calls to task the officials who squelched the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, but all of the other accomplices, government, the car companies, Big Oil, even Eco-darling Hydrogen as well as consumers, who turned their backs on the car and embrace embracing instead the SUV. Our documentary investigates the death and resurrection of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in our country's future; issues which affect everyone from progressive liberals to the neo-conservative right.

Then write a paper about the movie, highlighting the points which had the greatest impact on you. Below are questions you should answer in your paper.

In the final minutes of the film, the documentary uses a guilty/not guilty analogy for each of the major points in the film. Include these with at least one sentence describing this category of evidence present.

Do research on the current gasoline hybrid automobile, pros and cons.

 Is the HYBRID a long term solution?

 Is there a next step toward gasoline independence, and conclude with suggestions which might solve our personal transportation problem.

Please inject you personal comments and opinions but label them so.

What is a plug-in hybrid?

Describe the current hydrogen car initiative.

Prove/disprove through stoichiometry the statement about ___pounds of carbon dioxide are released for every gallon of gasoline burned in an internal combustion car



Film Notes: “Who Killed the Electric Car?

What mandate began the need for the electric car in California?





When and who issued this mandate and describe what was suppose to happen and what were the penalties if the mandate wasn’t fulfilled by the auto companies?





When did the electric car first appear on California highways? Did they also run on gas?






10 Years later, where were these cars?






When was the first time the electric car was killed? What killed them by 1920?








What was the gasoline car’s number 1 flaw?


In 1989 a California study showed that kids had medical problems.







What is a stage one smog alert?





Is CO2 a global warming gas? Why?







How much CO2 is added to the atmosphere for ever gallon of gasoline burned?






Calculation (after film): Density of Gasoline:   _______g/mL


C8H18    +   O2    ----->   CO2     +    H2O









What happen on April 24, 2003?








What is the average miles driven by a person per day?







Who is Stan OVSHINSKY and his wife, Iris?






What is C.A.R.B.?




Suspects: What are the arguments for & against electric cars?


Consumers!    Guilty    Not Guilty






Batteries!      Guilty    Not Guilty







Oil Companies!      Guilty    Not Guilty







Car Companies!      Guilty    Not Guilty







Government!      Guilty    Not Guilty





C.A.R.B.       Guilty    Not Guilty






Hydrogen Fuel Cell       Guilty    Not Guilty


Additional Questions to update your paper:

Update on Stan OVSHINSKY:



What proposals are in the energy bill to make us oil independent?





Who is T Boone Pickens? What is his energy Plan ( )





Why Gasoline?





View these  U-Tube videos:


Tesla Motors:


Some Alternatives to gasoline hybrid Electric vehicle are:

Plug in Hybrids, Flex Fuel Cars and ‘HHO’ Hybrids (or water cars). Describe each and state the availability










In your research have you found other alternatives