Back in February of ’07, Tom Hanks was the first customer to walk away with a newly converted gas-to-electric car from AC Propulsion. The comapany took a standard Scion XB vehicle, tore out its combustion guts, and replaced them with a lithium-ion Ebox system. Said Hank at the time, “There are three electric cars sitting on the moon, and now another one in my garage. The eBox makes even more sense in Los Angeles than in the Taurus-Littrow Valley of the moon. I can drive all weekend, hauling dogs and helping my friends move, and the only reason I’ll need to stop at a gas station is for beef jerky and lottery tickets.”
If Tom Hanks wins the lottery, shoot me.
But seriously, the actor has a massive love of electric transportation. Back in the day, he was one of the first celebrities driving around in GM’s ill-fated EV1. ( You can check out a clip of him exalting the virtues of this electric car on Letterman here.)
Current TV recently caught up with the folks at AC Propulsion and Hanks generously joined in on the fun to continue throwing praise on his Ebox. Unfortunately, not much has changed with the price of this conversion since almost two years ago: $55,000. That’s not even including the car you’ll want to drag in for the heart transplant. Services like this one are still very much in the realm of fantasy upgrades.