The DeLorean DMC-12 is one of the most iconic cars of all time, partially for its interesting looks but mostly because it was in the “Back to the Future” movies. The current owners of the DeLorean Motor Company are bringing it back as an electric car.
Electric DeLorean will be fast
The original DMC-12 was striking; it had a stainless steel body and gull-wing doors. However, it was woefully underpowered, according to Time, with a wimpy 2.8-liter Peugeot V-6. According to Cartype.com, Car And Driver clocked its 0 to 60 miles per hour time at 10.6 seconds, which was unimpressive for a sports car even in the 1980s.
However, the DeLorean Motor Company name was revived. The company recently announced it will be manufacturing a small number of electric DeLoreans that, according to Engadget, go from 0 to 60 miles an hour in less than five seconds.
Why DeLorean is going electrical
The current DeLorean Motor Company, based in Texas, is not technically affiliated with the original company but makes replacement parts for DMC-12 owners under the same name. The company has decided to revamp the DMC-12 for the 21st century, by making it “go green.”
DeLorean, according to AutoWeek, has been working on an electric model for the past four years, partnering with California-based electric car firm Epic EV to create the drive train. Epic, according to the company website, currently offers only one road vehicle, a three-wheeled roadster capable of 200 peak horsepower.
Horsepower and range
The electric DeLorean, according to AOL, is slated to produce 260 horsepower and have a top speed of 125 miles per hour. Its normal range should be about 70 miles on a charge, but it’s possible to go 100 miles on a charge with careful driving. The current version of the electric DMC-12 uses direct current, but the company is working on a second version that will convert it to alternating current and give it a range of farther than 100 miles on a charge.
The list price isn’t finalized, but it’s anticipated to be between $90,000 and $100,000 when the cars start going on sale in 2013.
Built to original specs
According to the Miami Herald, the company will also convert any owner’s standard model into an electric version. The process takes about a week.
The DeLorean Motor Company is also going to start manufacturing new cars to order, according to the company’s website. The current DeLorean Motor Company already manufactures every replacement part to the original equipment manufacturer’s specifications, according to CNET. DeLorean can put together a new one using 80 percent original parts. New cars will be custom-built to customer specifications. The company already does custom modifications and restorations.