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Skip to comments.DeLorean Rolls Out Electric Car
Posted on 01/23/2012 6:48:44 AM PST by null and void
DeLorean Motor Co., Inc. has unveiled the DeLorean EV, an electric car that marries the legendary Back to the Future DeLorean automobile of the 1980s with a lithium-ion-based, DC-powered, electric drivetrain of today.
"It turns out the DeLorean is a perfect platform for electrification," noted Chris Anthony, CEO of Flux Power, Inc. and Epic Electric Vehicles, both of which worked with DeLorean Motors to develop the powertrain for the new vehicle. "It's well designed, it's lightweight, it never rusts, and it has a design aesthetic that's meant to blow you away."
DeLorean's "new" EV maintains the look of the legendary vehicle from the movie, Back to the Future. (Photo courtesy of the DeLorean Motor Co.)
The DeLorean's "battery bay" houses the vehicle's electric motor and half of its battery pack. (Photo courtesy of DeLorean Motor Co.)
Surprisingly, the new DeLorean EV is not a publicity stunt. DeLorean Motors, which has serviced, restored and sold DeLoreans since 1995, plans to begin selling the converted EVs in 2013. Interested parties are already said to be lining up to reserve vehicles, which are expected to cost between $90,000 to $100,000.
"We've been surprised by the reaction," said James Espey, vice president of DeLorean Motor Co., in an interview with Design News. "It's killed our web site twice and the phones have been ringing non-stop."
DeLorean has been working on the idea for about four years. Because the company has a 40,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with more than a million parts, its executives fixed on the idea of using the parts in a new, electrically-powered version of the car. Plans are to build between 350 and 400 electric DeLoreans, based on the company's current inventory of parts.
"Our primary business has been parts, service, and restoration," Espey told us. "We've literally got millions of nuts, bolts, and washers. We've got seats, wheels, brakes, and transmissions. It's all here in the building. And the best way to make money off those parts is to assemble them into cars again."
I prefer good old-fashioned plutonium, thank you very much.
Does it produce 1.21 gigawatts of power?
“Alas, as we rolled it out...it quickly accelerated to 88 mph and vanished in a burst of light...”
You would think that DeLorean would have developed an automobile that runs on cocaine by now.
Alas, as we rolled it out...it quickly accelerated to 88 mph and vanished in a burst of light...
Great Scott! 1.21 Gigawatts!
Still a cool looking car even if I’m not sold on electric cars.....I would much rather drive this than some of the other (Go Cart looking) Electric “Cars”. If the ad men were smart they would get a commercial with Michael J. Fox and stir up some 80’s nostalgia.
Make a deal with Ford to use the new "Energi" plug in Hybrid Powertrain for the Focus in the Mid-Engine location, since it's FWD, just weld the stubs from the half shafts to the existing DeLorean shafts.
Better Yet, then convert the gas engine to run on LPG...
But my favorite was a guy who took a 300 hp 3 Rotor Mazda Cosmo's engine and put in a DeLorean !
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It’s still a very good looking design.
I’d love to see it succeed....but then again, being a EE....reality prevails.
If they replaced the flux capacitor with an oscillation overthruster, I would definitely be interested.
Oh, forgot to mention, the company used to have a list on the net of parts still available.
One part still available was the flux capacitor.
You’ve gotta hand it to ‘em!!!
That would have to go under the Bigbooté...
I'll second that! I'm an EE too, and I'd much rather see a 100% COMMERCIAL plan of attack on electric cars (doomed to fail, I agree with you); than see a US Gov't managed, taxpayer financed debacle like we have with the Chevy Volt.
Is he still around on FR?
I prefer good old-fashioned plutonium, thank you very much.
What is the reality?
battery type and availability?
(is it some funky proprietary junk that will die with the company?)
How long will it hold a charge?
Does it need a special plug?
(iow a home fire danger source?)
That said it would be fun to see the original cast of Top Gear, not the candy butted pansy US version, take it appart.
Can we take it forward to see if the U.S. survives the current administration?
I look at it this way... it can’t be much worse than the gasoline-powered version.
Back to the future?
Why does it need a battery when it has Mr. Fusion?
This was the last post.
Yes, you'd like that, wouldn't you. Freepers who refuse to acknowledge that George W. Bush is Christ returned to Earth do have a way of "disappearing" around here.
Of course, the powers that be are perfectly within their rights to decide that Free Republic is a cult of personality -- centered around a man who has betrayed the things that the modern conservative movement has stood for for the last fifty years -- rather than a conservative forum, and ban me, if they wish.
Guess what happened?
Survives the current administration? I suppose so, it is electric after all...
>> Its still a very good looking design
The car, especially the nose, sits to high in my opinion.
Paging Dr. Banzai, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
I wonder if they’ve cured the maneuverability problem. Car keeps centering the white line in the road to snort it.
I remember back in the day the joke about the DeLorean being the only car that would cruise down the highway sucking up the dashed white lines along the way :^)
Development of Mr. Fusion has been shelved pending prolonged EPA review.
My car pool partner and I came up with an idea today. Since there are several DIY electric car retro kits, we’re going to build plug in’s for our gas engine cars and park free in the choice electric vehicle charging spaces.
“It turns out the DeLorean is a perfect platform for electrification,”
Seems like it would be a bit heavy.
The Pontiac Fiero is a better platform for electrification.
I would have gone with the Corvette.
Fiberglass is an insulator...
Actually Strontium 90, a waste material from reactors would likely be a btter power source. Opinion came from a retire nuke puke engineer....
“The Pontiac Fiero is a better platform for electrification.”
At least you wouldn’t have to worry about it catching fire like the gas powered ones. Oh wait...uh....never mind.
Don’t forget, the Fiero was made from plastic. (body panels)
how about an act of civil disobedience.
Install a FAKE plug and cord system. Plug in and “Occupy” the outlets so no greenie can use them?
With a minimum of effort, you could simply add a "charging port" that only connects to, say, an engine block heater and maybe a Battery Tender for your 12v starting battery. Forget all the heavy and expensive electric motors and drive batteries - just slap on a "hybrid" decal and call it good.
Embrace the reality that 99% of this foolishness is symbolism over substance.