DeLorean back from the future with EV model
For several years, DeLorean Motor Company of Texas has been creating 'new' DMC-12 models from old stock and remanufactured parts, feeding the huge worldwide following the car has. Now it's working with electric-car startup Epic EV to put an all-electric DMC-12 into production by 2013.
Humble, Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company not only owns the DMC brand name, but it also maintains a huge stockpile of original, factory parts. The company's primary business has been restoring, servicing and selling DeLorean cars and merch, but it's also been using those parts to assemble new cars to order, using 80% original parts and 20% modern engine and suspension tech. These new models are, in effect, pro-touring versions of the original DeLorean cars. They handle, ride and more importantly go a lot better than the original This is mainly due to the original car coming with a Renault sourced V6 engine which put out a frankly embarassing 160bhp. The body was writing cheques the powerplant couldn't cash. Now, the instant surge of power and effortless torque offered by an electric powertrain may just give the DMC-12 the performanc it always deserved.
The new car the two companies unveiled yesterday at the International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston, Texas is no run-of-the-mill electric DeLorean conversion. It's a development model of a car, called the DMC-EV, which DeLorean plans to launch into production in two years.
The companies haven't released any specs yet, but if it's anything like Epic EV's Torq Roadster, it'll get a 200 hp+, 44V/156V electric motor, powered by a 24-30 KWh lithium ion phosphate battery. Sure, it's bit low on Gigawatts right now, but the companies have two years to get that sorted out. Performance is going to be in the region of 4.9 seconds for the 0-60mph dash, but will top out at c.120mph. Hey, at least it'll be able to get to 88mph.
What isn't sure as yet is range. The powertrain will be geared towards performance instead of economy, but with current battery technology this means a range of 100 miles. Within 2 years though, battery tech will have improved and DMC expect a range of 200 miles, with a 2hr full charge capability. If this is the case, we think these will sell like hoverboards.
And unlike the regular DeLorean, if you run out of charge you probably could actually recharge it by strapping a lightning rod to its rear and sticking it out in a lighning storm...