Tom Hanks, Electric Car Salesman

Want to be friends with Academy Award-winning movie star Tom Hanks? You could just friend him on MySpace. Or you could buy one of the electric retrofitted cars he’s touting on his profile. Hanks, in a low-budget video series distributed through MySpace (NWS), is promoting the eBox, the latest offering from Los Angeles-based AC Propulsion.

The video was added earlier this month, with the next episode of Hanks’ electrifying car pitch due to be posted “in the coming weeks,” MySpace tells us. Currently available only in California, the eBox costs around $70,000 — $15,000 or so for a new Scion xB (the price depends on which options you choose), and a $55,000 conversion process. With a range of 120-150 miles and a charge rate of very roughly a mile per minute, the eBox is aimed at urban and suburban commuters.

Hanks is not some Johnny-come-lately to the electric vehicle scene. As he explains in the video, he put over 30,000 miles on his first electric car. As a guest on “The Late Show with David Letterman” back in 2004 (embedded below), Hanks hinted at some kind of working relationship with an electric car company (though at the time he was very careful not to mention any names — “involved in a company” is the term he used). The clip of his appearance also appeared in the 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” We called AC Propulsion to get more information about its promotional deal with Hanks — in particular, the financial aspect of it. We’ll update the post when we know more.


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