Electric DeLorean Planned For 2013 ProductionBy Scott Doggett October 19, 2011
DeLorean Motor Co. (DMC) said it is developing an all-electric version of the stainless-steel-skinned DMC-12 sports car with electric-car startup Epic EV and plans to offer the vehicle in 2013. Prototypes of the electric variant of the automotive star of the "Back to the Future" sci-fi movie trilogy of the 1980's boast a maximum speed of 125 miles per hour and will retail for $90,000 to $100,000 when it goes on sale, DMC owner Stephen Wynne said at the unveiling of the gull-winged-doored machine at a DeLorean owners event at the company's headquarters in Humble, Texas.
Wynne said the company has been developing the 260-horsepower electric vehicle for four years. Epic is the company started by Aptera co-founder Chris Anthony that is working on the Torq and Amp vehicles. The original DeLorean Motor Company was a short-lived automaker formed by former General Motors executive John DeLorean in 1975. It is remembered for the one model it produced -- DMC-12 -- and for its brief and turbulent history, ending in receivership and bankruptcy in 1982. Near the end, in a desperate attempt to keep the company alive, DeLorean was filmed appearing to accept money to take part in drug trafficking. He was subsequently acquitted of charges brought against him on the basis of entrapment. He died in 2005.
Wynne started a separate company using the DeLorean Motor Company name in 1995 and shortly thereafter acquired the remaining parts inventory and the company's stylized DMC logo trademark. The current company, located near Houston, is not and has never been associated with the original company but supports owners of DeLorean cars. "We have had a few incremental updates over time, but as far as substantial updates go, it's been 30 years," Wynne said at Friday's event.