When I first heard about the DeLorean Motor Company returning as an electric car maker, I sort of dismissed it as a fanciful wish. But as it turns out, the new owners behind the old DMC are quite serious about building and selling an electrified DeLorean, and soon. At the New York Auto Show, DeLorean showed off their first EV conversion of an old DMC-12, and says more could follow as soon as early 2013.
First announced in October, the plan is for DMC to build the electrified classics in Houston, Texas, with help from Epic EV. A 32-kWh battery pack will provide a top speed of up to 125 mph, a range of 100 miles, and a 0-60 time of under 5 seconds. The DMC-12 EV will either weight the same, or less than, the conventional gas-powered model. That all sounds promising, but it won’t be cheap. The estimated MSRP will be around $95,000, well beyond the grasp of most of us.
And that is if DMC can even get up and running. It takes a lot of money to get a car company off the ground, and as cool as DeLoreans are, the market for such a polarizing vehicle is bound to be limited. Still, if I had an extra $100,000 lying around, I’d be one of the first people in line for an electric DeLorean. How about you?