Remember the stainless steel car made by John DeLorean?
Well, the DeLorean Motor Company of Humble, Texas plans to construct an electric version of the gull-wing sports car! This car was made famous by the “Back to the Future” films of the 1980’s.
In the movies, the car used 1.21 gigawatts of power to travel in time. Now the car will use electricity to travel in our time. Stephen Wynne, company president, owns the rights to the DeLorean name and he currently sells parts for the original DeLorean motor car (DMC).
The new electric car will run on batteries as supplied by Flux Power of Escondido, California. Flux Power is a battery producer that has taken on manufacturing batteries for the electric car industry. It’s interesting to not that the car in the “Back to the Future” movies was powered by a “Flux Capacitor.”
Company leaders expect the car to have at least the same power, or maybe even a little more than that of the original gasoline powered DMC. They will have to redesign many areas of the car to reduce the weight, as the 32 kWh battery pack will add quite a few pounds. In the end, the new electric model of the car should be just 200 pounds heavier than the original.
A prototype of the electric DeLorean has a 200 horsepower electric motor, allowing acceleration speeds of 0 to 60 in just under 8 seconds. With respect to endurance, you won’t be taking any long trips with this electric car as the expected range between charges will be around 100 miles. A potential plus in performance is the improved handling that should be obtained from the better weight distribution with the battery packs both in the rear and front. of the car. The original DMC had a 4 cylinder “mid-engine.”
The new electric DeLorean car is expected to cost $90,000, and they hope to have it ready for market in 2013.