DeLorean Motor Company (Texas) has built a prototype version of an electric DMC-12
19 October 2011

An electric-powered version of the classic DeLorean DMC-12 could reach production within two years. A prototype version of the car, currently known as the DMCev, has been created by DeLorean Motor Company (Texas), which has no connection to the original DeLorean Motor Company, but in 1997 acquired assets and factory stock from the long-defunct manufacturer.

See pics of the DeLorean DMCev

Having started as a parts supplier and restorer of the DMC-12, DeLorean Motor Company (Texas) began assembling ‘new’ DeLoreans in 2008. It drew components from the inventory of ‘new-old stock’ and its line of reproduction parts.

The Houston-based concern has collaborated with an electric car start-up company called Epic EV, which also produces a three-wheeled design called the Torq Roadster.

The DMCev replaces the DeLorean’s original V6 powerplant with an electric motor that produces the equivalent of about 260bhp. A 0-60mph time of under five seconds is claimed, as well as a range of between 70-100 miles.

The electric version was unveiled at DMC Texas’s recent open day and the company says it plans to “put an all-electric DMC-12 into production by 2013”.

Matt Burt

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