Though more than ten years old, this documentary is very timely given that Trump plans to roll back federal vehicle emission standards. The film tells the story of California's initially successful attempt to nudge automakers into bringing an all-electric vehicle to market. The big car companies then sabotaged their own programs and set about lobbying the various agencies to allow it to happen. What was a revelation to me was how hydrogen -- the wildly futuristic and unrealistic scheme to create a significant fleet of hydrogen-powered automobiles -- was used as a bait and switch to kill the electric car.

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