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5 Discontinued Cars That Should Come Back as EVs

GM bringing back the Hummer as an insane EV truck (and eventually SUV) is a stroke of genius. Hummer has always been a name associated with automotive hyperbole and its return is looking to live up to that reputation very well.

Hummer’s return got me thinking about what other discontinued cars would be cool to see come back in the form of an EV. Here are a few ideas, some of which are nearly impossible and some that could actually happen one day.

Delorean DMC-12

This one seems like an obvious candidate. Plenty of comparisons have already been made between Delorean and Tesla as visions of the automotive future that were radically different from the mainstream. Also, real-life electric Delorean conversions have been done by enthusiastic mad scientists. Since a new electric Delorean will probably never happen, you’ll have to settle for a Cybertruck. Find a Delorean DMC-12 for sale

Yugo GV

Yugo is another dead automotive brand that almost definitely won’t return, but it’s fun to dream. The Yugo name, although synonymous with failure and poor quality in the past, has its fair share of charms today. A new Yugo could have pretty much the same styling as the old one, but with an electric motor. It wouldn’t need to go very fast or far, it would just need to be cheap. Instead of the GV (which stood for Great Value), we could call it the Yugo EV…get it? Find a Yugo for sale

Geo Metro

Speaking of old economy cars that did not exactly have a sterling reputation when new, how cool would it be to see a new electric Metro? GM has brought back the Hummer under the banner of GMC, how about an affordable electric hatchback in the form of a Chevy Metro EV? It could even borrow styling from the Geo of the early 90s, which is now old enough to be retro. Maybe even a convertible? Find a Geo Metro for sale

Toyota Celica

I’ve ranted before that Toyota should bring back the Celica as an affordable hybrid sports car, but an EV would be cool too. There’s a Celica-sized hole in Toyota’s resurgent sports car lineup. Right now, Toyota doesn’t really offer a car that’s both fun and practical (try putting four people in an 86) and a hybrid or electric Celica that’s priced between the 86 and the Supra would be just right. Find a Toyota Celica for sale

Honda Element

The cute Honda e hatchback is unfortunately not coming to the U.S. I’m assuming that’s because of our insatiable appetite for crossovers. Honda could take the architecture of the e, massage it into a boxy crossover, and call it the Element. The cube-like shape of the original Element makes it perfect for electrification since you could put a skateboard-style battery pack in the floor. An electric Element might not be a high-volume seller, but it couldn’t possibly be more of a flop than the Honda Clarity EV. Find a Honda Element for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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