TOM HANKS GOES ELECTRIC - March 2004
Tom Hanks' Electric Company ('Hankster' EV?) - watch Dave Letterman Show clips now!
Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell - Apollo 13
We owe a big thanks to Tom for daring to 'come out' on live, globally franchised TV as an unapologetic, full-blown RAV4 EV devotee. It seems that AC Propulsion (ACP) is the company in question and that the Toyota Scion is the car to be converted - see picture below.
About the new cars limited 100 Green Miles per charge battery range. Compare ACP's 280 miles per charge (mpc) high-priced li-ion TZero, Steve Green's low-cost 204 mpc Thunder Sky li-ion Jester EV - and now the Scion/Hankster EV - apparently offering no improvement in range on Tom's EV, the Toyota RAV4, a car launched more than 5 years ago.
Tom Hanks joked with Letterman that there's no money to be made from electric vehicles, blaming Battery range as being too low and price too high. How come the new Bluebird BE3 can refuel in just 60 seconds. And, if refueling technology is too radial, why not offer a whole range of li-ion battery options. The fact is AC Propulsion claim they will be making vehicles with different ranges. A cheap around town car and a 300+ mile cruiser.
Anyway, nice one Tom! When Solar Navigator conquers the world on solar power, Tom is our favorite to play the inventor: "Sun Trek" or whatever. Better check out the film rights.
following article (text, photo, links) is taken in large part from EVUK/Electric
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for original EVUK article.
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