New DeLorean Electric debuts at NY Auto Show

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A DeLorean DMC was converted to create the new electric prototype. Image: Lee J Haywood/Flickr.CC BY-SA

Sorry, Michael J. Fox, but the true star of the “Back to the Future” movies, the DeLorean DMC, returned to the red carpet Thursday in New York. Her career has been soiled by scandal and narcotics, but still she has kept her dignity. In her absence from the media spotlight, she has cleaned up her act and gone green.

A surprise appearance

Last November, Car Deal Expert reported the revived DeLorean Motor Company’s announcement that it would be making a new, all-electric version of the iconic DeLorean DMC. Thursday, the world got its first look at the famous luxury sports car redo, gullwing-doors and all, when the working prototype made a surprise appearance at the New York International Auto Show.

[Buy car, new car, red car, blue car.]

‘We don’t need gas’

The license plate on the concept prototype read “Gas? Where we’re going, we don’t need gas.” The line, quoted from “Back to the Future,” evokes the car’s celebrity and cleverly points to its lack of thirst for the increasingly expensive fossil fuel.

Specs of the new DMC

The new DeLorean Electric prototype features a 400-volt, 260 horsepower motor with 360 lb-ft of torque. The Houston, Texas-based automaker says the lithium-ion phosphate batteries will charge in 3.5 hours, using a 240-volt charging station. It boasts a range of 100 miles on a full charge and a top speed of 125 mph.

The concept vehicle goes from zero to 60 in just less than five seconds, and weighs in at about 3,200 pounds. That’s 200 pounds more than the original, ill-fated DeLorean DMC.

The only working prototype

Delorean Motor Company president Stephen Wynne explained that the the car, the only working prototype, is a retooled DeLorean DMC-12, built to showcase the technology that will go into the production version.

The production version

Wynne said DeLorean’s new star will go on a diet before she makes it to mass-production. By using some lighter-weight materials, Wynne said the car will will be back to its old svelte 3,000 pounds.

The automaker is also working with the Louisiana-based electric vehicle maker, Epic EV, to develop the right AC motor. The switch to AC, says Wynne, will increase the range and performance over the DC motor in the current prototype.

Production begins next year

But nips and tucks aside, Wynne promised, the DeLorean DMC Electric will see the assembly line. The company will start taking orders early next year. The luxury sports car will carry a luxurious price tag of around $95,000.


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