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Truly Back to the Future: DeLorean Preps to Revive the Legendary DMC-12 as an Electric Car

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author photo by Nick Chambers October 2011

To many Americans the DeLorean DMC-12 from "Back to the Future" holds a special place. Not only was it the first time machine to use a flux capacitor and leave two skidmarks of fire in its wake as the result of consuming one-point-twenty-one gigawatts of power, it was also an incredibly striking vehicle covered in brushed stainless steel that has stood up to the test of time remarkably well.

So well, in fact, that a reconstituted DeLorean Motor Company is now saying they want to bring the DMC-12 back-this time with an all-electric drivetrain. While purists may scoff at this choice, the inclusion of an electric drivetrain promises to make the DeLorean a much better vehicle and perform as its creator, John DeLorean, always wanted.

The original was great to look at, but with an underpowered engine and poor tuning it was a beast to drive. On the other hand an electric motor with gobs of torque from a standing start can provide incredible acceleration, and careful positioning of the heavy batteries can result in a center of gravity lower than many supercars.

At this point details are scarce, but the Texas-based company says it is working with electric car startup Epic EV to put the DMCEV into production by 2013. During an open house at the company's headquarters last week a few members of the media had a short chance to drive a prototype of the vehicle and all remarked how much better it handled and accelerated than the original.

Although not finalized, the DMCEV is likely scoot up to 125 mph and carry a 260 horsepower motor. While 260 HP may not sound like much in the combustion world, in the electric world it is at the high end of fiery skid marks. Battery capacity and range are currently unknown, but you can be sure it'll be less than 1.21 gigawatts. Estimates from the company suggest a final price between $90,000 and $100,000.

Powering our electric cars off of banana peels and crushed beer cans is still a long ways off, but if the DMCEV does come to fruition you can be sure it's only a matter of time before Hollywood does a remake of the original trilogy using this new old car.

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Truly Back to the Future: DeLorean Preps to Revive the Legendary DMC-12 as an Electric Car - Autotrader