Even though the DeLorean DMC-12 gained iconic status and a cult following after featuring as Marty McFly and Doc Brown’s vehicle of choice in the Back to the Future film franchise, the car was a monumental flop. However, responding to automotive trends, the DeLorean Motor Company has teamed up with start-up Epic EV to create an electric version of the failed coupe.
The new model will be called the DMCEV and instead of the original petrol-fueled V8, the revised version is powered by an electric motor made by California-based battery systems company Flux Power. Even though the motor adds around 200 pounds, a new lighter underbody developed by Epic EV will balance it out. The position of the battery will also improve weight distribution.
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Kevin McCauley at Jalopnik took a prototype DMCEV for a test drive and recorded pretty impressive figures. The car has a comfortable range of 70 miles, but if driven super efficiently is capable of driving for 100 miles. The next prototype will even feature regenerative AC technology, which is sure to boost efficiency further. With 260hp, the DMCEV doesn't hang about either, reaching 60mph in 4.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 125mph.
"I'm afraid someone's going to steal it," said DMC President Stephen Wynne. "They'll just drive it right out of the shop and won't hear it leave!"