‘Back to the Future’: DMC Announces All-electric DeLorean DMC-12 for 2013

DeLorean Motor Company has shown off a prototype of an electrically driven DMC-12, which it promises to put into production in 2013.

The DeLorean Motor Co. announced it will launch an all-electric version of its Back to the Future gull-winged car in 2013, but aficionados are debating whether or not it will fly. Photo: DeLorean Motor Company

The DeLorean Motor Co is going to present an all-electric version of its ‘Back to the Future’ gull-winged car in 2013. DMC-12 is still quite a popular car for DIY electric car conversions. A new one DMC-12 gets its electricity from the grid.

Last week at an owners’ event the DeLorean Motor Company presented the prototype. At the moment DeLorean examines the offers from services to repair or to restore current DMC-12s. The company intends to build a new DMC-12 saving 80 per cent original parts.

DeLorean has collaborated with Epic EV (an electric car startup) and its sister Flux Power specialized in battery item. Epic is Aptera co-founder Chris Anthony’s company specialized in the Torq and Amp vehicles.

Together they will be soon ready to bring to market the prototype DMC-12 EV. It is expected to have a top speed of 125 mph and a 260 horsepower electric motor the DMC EV will be launched from 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds, the company says. Range is projected to be between 70 and 100 miles and the battery has a predictable lifespan of 7 years.

DeLorean updated the cabin of the DMC-12 EV with modern electronics. Photo: DeLorean Motor Company

The gull-wing doors will remain, but there’s no information about the location of the motor (originally the company used a rear-mounted engine), let alone the battery pack.

There were rumors about possible DeLorean with an alternative powertrain. John DeLorean said before his death in 2005 that a hydraulic hybrid drivetrain can be applied in a relaunched DMC-12. It never happened, for sure. A price will swing from between $90,000 to $100,000.

Experts are concerned about the weight of steel. “I’m not sure you know the DeLorean – it is a very large, very, very heavy car and I couldn’t imagine making an EV version of it. $100 says the range blows,”  AMouth says, one of the critics from slashdot.org. Nevertheless, the results of the tests are impressive.

A 194kW electric motor drives the rear wheels to a top speed of around 200km/h, well above the 88mph (141km/h) needed to travel through time. Photo: DeLorean Motor Company

“The gull-winged classic glides silently despite its weight, and has more than enough torque to handle the 200 extra pounds of the electric system,” says the other expert from Jalopnik.com, Kevin McCauley.

“I twist the key and rotate the surprisingly weighty metal dial. Silence. I press the gas pedal, which, true to form with any 1980s exotic, has so much resistance it’s more like a piece of gym equipment. Press harder, and we silently glide forward.”

The detailed technical characteristic of the upcoming DeLorean Electric is still beng hidden, but us be pretty sure it will be possible to recharge its 1.21 gigawatt-hour if it will be connected to the power source correctly.

The prototype is being tested for using a DC motor but DMC Texas intend to change it to a regenerative AC motor. Engineers hope it will improve battery range.

A built-in iPhone dock is included; it will be possible to run the Back to the Future Flux Capacitator application available from iTunes just for $0.99.

Classic DeLoreans can be soon purchased on ebay. The model rebuilt to resemble the time machine was used in the 1985 in film Back to the Future and now will be sold for $65,000. The battery version is expected to be sold for $90,000. [via Reuters and AutoBlog]

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