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Fuel? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Fuel: DMC Plans Electric DeLorean For 2013

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On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: Chris Salamone

Fuel? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Fuel: DMC Plans Electric DeLorean For 2013

Start reworking those flux capacitor schematics, saving up for Plutonium (available in every corner drugstore), and finding time-period specific pink cowboy shirts. The DeLorean DMC-12 is back, and better than ever. Although it’s easy to imagine that any modification to the DeLorean would make the vehicle better than the original, this EV version looks like something special.

At the International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston, Texas last weekend, DMC announced the company’s official plans to produce an EV. DeLorean Motor Company, recently reborn in Humble, Texas, intends to use a 260 horsepower electric motor and add a few much-needed interior updates. As for the exterior, expect to see some modern gadgetry blended into the original design. For example, the front grill hinges open to reveal an electric charging port.

The vehicle’s battery is outsourced from the aptly-named battery systems company Flux Power. Travelling around southern California, a prototype DeLorean EV ranged 70 miles “comfortably” and could reach up to 100 miles when operated conservatively – statistics measured using DC-type battery technology. The production version will hopefully use AC power, and receive a nice boost in efficiency.

But, let’s be honest. We’re all going to drive 88 mph, shoot for 1.21 gigawatts, and line our tires with flaming gasoline to produce the appropriate effect. Fuel efficient or not, any officially sanctioned update to the original DeLorean will be met with an eager audience.

The new EV’s battery position should also improve handling compared to the original DeLorean. While the prior version maintained a heavy rear-end weight bias (35%/65%), this latest DMCEV should add 200lbs to the car while redistributing some of that weight more broadly. DMC plans to counteract all that weight gain with a new resin infused composite underbody which subtracts hundreds of pounds and amounts to a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds and maximum speed of 125 miles per hour.

Good news: the gullwing doors are likely to remain. Bad news: projected price is between $90,000 and $100,000. An electric DeLorean has been in the works for a long time, and for some the price will come as no surprise. For others, we’ll just have to find a future version of Gray’s Sports Almanac.

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dwalter | 9:17AM (Tue, Oct 18, 2011)

Ah... Why must it be so expensive?


AutoHistory | 9:42AM (Tue, Oct 18, 2011)

Definitely not affordable. :-/

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