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DMC EV: DeLorean is back and it's electric

Posted: October 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Auto News, Green Motoring, Grilled | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Goes around, comes around, what’s old is new again and LiLo! 3 common epigrams that seem to dictate the future, as the television man says “but wait there’s more”

DMC EV

“The car of the future has really become the car of the future,” joked James Espey, a vice president at DeLorean Motor Company of Humble, Texas.

In 1975 GM auto Exec J.Z. Delorean – most noted for the Pontiac GTO – started a small auto company with a huge name, DeLorean, and though his ill fated venture would last only 7 years, thanks to some spectacular publicity – Back to the Future – the thought has stuck. J.Z.DeLorean died in 2005, his legacy lives on . . .

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Fast Forward, 1995: DMC – DeLorean Motor Company reinvented itself via Texas entrepreneur Stephen Wynne acquired the remaining parts inventory and the uberstylized DMC logo trademark. We’ve been speculating on a reinvention of the DeLorean since October 2010, well it’s closer now than it ever has been.

Fast Forward, October 2011: DMC has partnered with electric-car start-up Epic EV to develop the Electric DeLorean. The original DeLorean was slow, unreliable and production ceased after just one year, when the company filed for bankruptcy in 1982. Just 9,200 DMC-12’s left the factory. Wynnes DMC EV will use 80 per cent of the DeLorean’s original parts and will be unleashed on the world in late 2013.

This latest round of speculation on an all electric DMC was first reported by our other favorite auto bloggers Jalopnic, who had the joy of piloting one of the new vehicles.

Review: This weekend was the International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston, Texas. Lovers of the stainless steel sports car assembled at the HQ of the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC), the modern version of the company that reigns over a kingdom of spares.

DMC used the event to present its devoted fanbase with a prototype vision of the future: the electric DMCEV. They’ve removed the underpowered PRV V6 guts and replaced them with a 260 hp (equivalent) electric motor. Its interior gets updated with some modern switchgear and electronics.

I was told, to really appreciate it, I had to drive it. So I did. 

“Turn the key until you hear the click, then turn the center dial over to ‘D'” DMC president Stephen Wynne tells me. Honestly, I’m still buzzing from the sensation of closing the stainless steel gullwing door just moments earlier. I twist the key and rotate the surprisingly weighty metal dial. Silence. I press the gas pedal, which, true to form with any 1980s exotic, has so much resistance it’s more like a piece of gym equipment.  Press harder, and we silently glide forward. Check the full Jalopnic review here: http://jalopnik.com/

The DMC EV is being developed with California battery systems company Flux Power + Epic EV. The prototype DMC EV has a range of 100 miles/160 kilometers, a top speed of 125mph/200kmh. No specs have been released on the production model, but expect a 44v/156v electric motor, powered by a 24-30kw lithium ion phosphate battery.

Ambitiously Wynne hopes the DMC EV will go on-sale in late 2013, more likely mid 2014, and with a price tag of around $100,000 it’s possibly a real contender this time round . . .

 

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