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All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets In 2013 366

An anonymous reader writes "The DeLorean Motor Company just announced plans to launch an all-electric version of its gull-winged Back to the Future car in 2013. While it doesn't run on fusion power (yet), it still has a top speed of 125 mph driven by a 260 horsepower electric motor."
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All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets In 2013

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    • I'm a child of the 80s, but I have to agree. What is so exciting about DeLoreans? Is it the gall-wings? Other than that they look like oversized, over-priced Toyota hatchbacks. I know they are made of stainless steel, but that couldn't really seem like a feature, even back then. Stainless steel at sheet metal thickness is basically just nickel.

      Were those cars actually popular before Back to the Future? I don't remember seeing any on the road.
      • I highly doubt this car will be made out of stainless steel. The article mentions SS models but it doesn't explicitly say this one will be. It will therefore be a cheap knock-off that nobody will want.

      • by mikael ( 484 )

        Yes, the gull-wings, plus the futuristic white with black speed-stripes, sports-car look with the large rear light indicators made it distinctive. At least from the estate-cars with the adhesive wood-panel veneer look, the three-wheeled Reliant robins, Rover Minis, and Volkeswagon Beetles (aka Herbie).

      • anodized aluminum might be cool, and lighter than steel.. I think the wing-style doors are lame though.
  • by roman_mir ( 125474 ) on Monday October 17, 2011 @07:23PM (#37745154) Homepage Journal

    This sucker is electrical!

    The only question remains - do you need to wait for a lightning storm to charge it?

  • by johnthorensen ( 539527 ) on Monday October 17, 2011 @07:23PM (#37745158)

    ...can someone give that to me in jiggawatts?

    • 260 horsepower...can someone give that to me in jiggawatts?

      Anyway, here is, from google [].

    • The term Gigawatt used to be pronounced "Jigawatt" in the United States. In the 1950s this was common practice. I know this because I am an electrical engineer and have worked on RF projects. Almost everyone today says "Gigaherz" and "Gigawatt" but a few old timers nearing retirement still say "Jigaherz" and "Jigawatt".

      According to one of these guys arguing the correct pronunciation of Gigawatt was a holy war in the 60s, similar to vi vs emacs or mac vs pc.

      "Gigawatt" won. Because it is superior. Like v

  • This one is more than fast enough (88MPH) to travel through time and get that Fusion-powered refit!
    • by Teancum ( 67324 )

      It sounds like the Mr. Fusion [] might be coming to a store near you by 2015.... just like the movie said it would. Or perhaps not. The hover mod [] also keeps being talked about, but I think that is still a few more years away before it gets built. Isn't the future grand!

  • I mean, making an electric car out of heavy stainless steel is rather missing the point.

    I wonder will they remember to design in windows that open this time?

    • as compared to mild steel, which is denser? (7.85 mild steel vs. 7.65 for 440 stainless)

    • What's the point? You think Electric = fuel efficient? If you do, I think you're the one missing the point.
  • They were factory mods!

    This is heavy!

  • by skine ( 1524819 ) on Monday October 17, 2011 @07:56PM (#37745428)

    "it still has a top speed of 125 mph"

    That's purely theoretical, though, since I've never seen one go over 88.

  • How many Kilos of coke does one cost?
    • How many Kilos of coke does one cost?

      Good one. I remember a political cartoon of that era of the car using its gull-wings to flap its way over the border inspection station. One guard says to the other: I think we'd better check that one next.

  • For better safety while driving an electric car, I recommend humming your music instead of listening to the radio, getting manual controlled windows instead of electric and only drive in daytime to avoid having to turn on headlights. It might sound silly, but the last thing you want to have happen is to die in an accident - at night in the summertime because your car stalled trying to roll down the window since it was too hot and turning the radio to hear your latest hits of Mozzart CD.

  • an ounce of blow?

  • Apparently their website is also running on refurbished 1980s technology.

  • I realize there is no reason to believe me on this, but I saw a Delorean in Fairfax, Virginia just last weekend. My wife found it hysterical that it had antique tags. My comment at the time was that I thought that GMC could sell that car as new again - maybe ditching the stainless steel.
  • I checked the math, and there must be a mistake in the summary: 260 horsepower isn't anywhere near 1.21 gigawatts. Seriously guys, could you proofread these things a little better before releasing them?
  • absurd amount of horsepower for a small car, a 100 H.P. engine would be fine. Just because most americans are morons who blow their money out the exhaust pipes of their "performance cars" and SUV doesn't mean we have to go continue to be stupid in making electric cars.
    • by Amouth ( 879122 )

      I'm not sure you know the DeLorean - it is a very large very very heavy car - and i couldn't imagine making an EV version of it. (100$ says the range blows)

  • Roads? <slips on futuristic sunglasses> Where we're going, we're still going to need roads... <sheds tear>

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