AC Propulsion has delivered the first eBox customer car to Tom Hanks. The actor and producer, a veteran EV driver, ordered his eBox after driving the first prototype last July. I still have a Toyota RAV4 EV and never spent a penny on gasoline for it, said Hanks, What AC Propulsion is doing is fantastic. I drove their zero electric sports car a few years ago, so when they put the same technology in a four-door I wanted one for myself. It has double the range, goes fast, uses Li Ion batteries, and is incredibly roomy and comfortable. Oh, and I will also never have to put any gasoline into it.
The eBox, which made its public debut in December, is a pure electric car, not a hybrid. With no gasoline engine, the eBox transports its occupants serenely and efficiently, at speed or in traffic, with powerful acceleration and amazing regenerative braking. Recharging is as close as the nearest electric outlet because the eBox can plug in anywhere. It seats five and has one of the roomiest rear seats in the business. Fold the rear seat and the eBox can take a huge haul.And there is one convenience no conventional car can match the eBox refuels at home. Plug it in and it charges while you sleep. In the morning, the 35 kWh Li Ion battery is ready to go up to 150 miles, more than enough for a typical day’s driving.
Benefiting from fifteen years of electric vehicle development at AC Propulsion, the eBox represents electric car state of the art – 2007. AC Propulsion has changed the perception and reality of the electric car with innovations such as light, powerful electric motors, maximized regenerative brakes, integrated high-power chargers, bi-directional grid connections that let the car supply AC power, and high-performance Li Ion traction batteries assembled from small cells.
Just before he drove off, silently, in his new eBox, Hanks observed,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."