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.If you want to be like Tom, keep an eye on eBay. All-electric RAV4's pop up there now and again and prices have come down since the crazy highs of $70,000-ish a few years ago.
A few years ago, a video of Tom Hanks excitedly talking up his electric Scion xB (aka eBox, which he got first) made the rounds. All Hanks' Hollywood money means that he can drive and be excited about not just one, but multiple electric cars. Hanks recently went on the record to discuss his EV fandom as he cleared up a mistake in a New Yorker article. Writer Peter Boyer apparently mistakenly wrote that Hanks once owned an EV1. Hanks, who stars in the new movie Angels & Demons that opens this weekend, wrote in to say, no, not and EV1 but a RAV4 EV, and has put 50,000 miles on the 2003 car once it escaped the crushing fate of many other EVs at around that time. Hanks' wrote to the magazine (and reprinted at Ecorazzi):