Gas? Where we’re going, we don’t need gas.
Back to the Future, the movie to most prominently feature John DeLorean’s gull-winged icon of 1980s cool, ends with the future version of the DeLorean time machine running on household garbage. Well, folks, the future is now, and the new DeLorean doesn’t need gas or rubbish. The DMCEV, which will go into production by 2013, will run entirely on electricity. The expected starting price for the electric DeLorean is $90,000.
The DeLorean Motor Co. in Humble, Texas, is a privately held corporation distinct from the eponymous business John DeLorean sunk in 1982. The DLMC holds the world’s largest stockpile of DeLorean factory parts that it sells to enthusiasts. It also custom-assembles “new” DeLoreans, which start at $57,500 and are made with 80 percent classic parts and 20 percent modern engine and suspension components.
“I’ve always been very interested in electric cars, but once the Tesla was released, we jumped on,” said Stephen Wynne, CEO of DeLorean Motor. “We actually started the [project] about 4 years ago and finally got it together this year.”
The prototype for the DMCEV has been running for a few weeks, and just debuted at the International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston, where a writer from the blog Jalopnik took a test drive.