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Tom Hanks Writes To The New Yorker About His Electric Toyota RAV4

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Tom Hanks has written a letter to the New Yorker setting the record straight about the electric cars he has owned over the years. The actor was replying to a piece by Peter J. Boyer in which it was claimed (or assumed) that Hanks had at one time owned the ill-fated all-electric EV1 from General Motors. This was something we also thought was true — but according to Hanks, he never actually owned one. From his letter:

“By the time I began shopping for an all-electric car, in 2003, the EV1 had already been yanked from showrooms as if the car had never existed. Instead, I found what was purported to be the very last electric car available for sale in the state of California—a Toyota EV. It had four doors, a rear hatch, room for my family, including a dog in the back, power windows, A/C, a great sound system, and the fastest, most effective windshield defroster known to mankind. When the car companies collectively, and, to some, diabolically, decided to take these cars back, the electric vehicles disappeared. But not mine. I have the pink slip. I own that car, and it is still driven every day, albeit by one of my crack staff of employees. My electric car recently crossed fifty thousand miles on the odometer with its original battery but without so much as a splash of gasoline.”

Said Treehugger in response to Hank’s letter: “If the RAV4 EV is driven by one of his employees, what does Mr. Hanks drive now?”

Savvy Ecorazzi readers will know that Tom Hanks today drives an all-electric Scion XB conversion that he picked up in 2007 from AC Propulsion.

You can read Hank’s full letter to the New Yorker here.

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