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Video: Is that a DeLorean? Yes and it's all-electric

16 February 2022

“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Doc Brown, “Back to the Future”

Well, a road will still be needed, but drivers may get to skip the gas pump in favor of a charging station if a new teaser from DeLorean Motor Company is to be believed.

The company, whose vehicles were made famous in the “Back to the Future” movie trilogy, unveiled a new video showcasing a revised DeLorean that could very well be electric. While the video does not include any details, it does depict bits of electricity running over the car, which may hint to the future model.

It would also make sense that the vehicle is electric given that the automotive sector is undergoing the largest transition in its history — moving away from gas- and diesel-powered models to all-electric vehicles.

The transition started in January 2021 as American carmakers Ford and General Motors announced plans to switch to selling primarily electric models by 2040 with a ramp up in production of vehicles starting in the next five years. Every major automotive OEM followed suit with plans of their own to move to electrified models and major investments in new technology platforms and battery plants.

Additionally, several startups have emerged to take advantage of the transition happening in the automotive sector and to compete against Tesla Motors, the leader in EVs currently.

The transition is happening due to several factors including the popularity of Tesla vehicles, consumer interest in EVs and the hope that a transition to these vehicles will help combat climate change.

DeLorean lore

While best known for the movies, only 9,000 DeLoreans were built after the first company in Northern Ireland went bankrupt due to the high price of the vehicles. It didn’t help that the performance and control of the cars wasn’t great either.

The rear-engine, two passenger vehicle was the only car brought to market by the original company when it went bankrupt in 1983. The vehicle is famous for its gull-wing doors and stainless-steel outer body, but sadly does not include time traveling capabilities.

Despite its poor quality, bad controls and underwhelming driving experience, the DeLorean’s still have a cult following and there are still an estimated 6,500 vehicles on the road today.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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