Published on August 9th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen
Video: Electric DeLorean Prototype Goes For A Ride
Anyone who knows me will tell you that there is absolutely no objectivity when it comes to a DeLorean – despite being painfully slow and almost laughably unreliable, they’re gorgeous classic cars. I mean, look at it. Have you ever seen anything so pretty? (Don’t answer that.)
The last time I spoke about the DeLorean EV, it was still very much a work in progress. That’s not to say that it still isn’t a work in progress, but it seems to be coming along nicely. In the video below, follow Matt Farah of Tuned along a tour of the DeLorean warehouse in Houston with DMC President Stephen Wynne, and on a highway test drive.
Matt describes the gas-powered engine as “boring.” He is not wrong. Not only is it boring (U.S. emissions regulations cramming cats onto the exhaust killed whatever perfomance it had had to begin with), but it’s part of the whole carbon emissions and fossil fuel dependence problem that drew you to this blog in the first place. (Unless you’re here just for really awesome tech stuff, which is cool too.) Enter Stephen Wynne’s personal DeLorean.
Make It Glow
The personal DeLorean is, of course, the prototype. It’s equipped with a 35kW D/C motor (about a Yoda and a half, for you sci fi fans), and Wynne claims still that it goes 0-60 in “sub-five seconds.” He also says it’ll top out at over 100mph. The motor in the tested prototype is not the one that will go to production, as the (brightly glowing) D/C motor does not have regenerative braking capability. The production model will have the A/C motor and of course the regen to extend its range.
There’s a lithium-ion phosphate battery pack, by which I mean the front and rear of the car are packed with enough batteries to give the DeLorean a hundred-mile range. There’s also talk of taking the empty space at the center of the car and filling that with batteries, too – another hundred miles of range, but also more weight and slower acceleration (worth the trade-off, I would say).
On To The Video
One More Thing
Possibly the best part of the DeLorean EV is that the production version is going to have a reverse to grid system; long-time Gas2 readers may remember that Mitsubishi has something similar for the i-MiEV. You can plug the car into the house or the house into the car (in case of natural disaster or power outages), and a fully charged DeLorean will power an average house for a good three days.
So – potential 200-mile range, potentially under 5 seconds to hit 60mph, zero emissions, super quiet, and it’s a DeLorean. I’m biased, I know, but I see no bad here. Except, possibly, for the $95,000 price tag.
Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.