Back to the Future car to be revived with electricityJanuary 21, 2021
Texas plans to start production of DeLorean DMC 12
The DeLorean DMC-12 sports coupe, best known for its Back to the Future movie series, could be re-launched, this time with an electric drive. This was announced by the DeLorean Motor Company, based in Texas.
John DeLorean’s original firm went bankrupt back in 1982. In 1997, the rights to the trademark were acquired by Stephen Wyne, who opened the largest auto repair shop in Texas to repair the remaining cars in service, and also collected some of the equipment and the rest of components for the production of new cars there.
For a long time, the new owner of the brand dreamed of resuming production. In 2015, he sent a legislative initiative to the US authorities with a proposal to draw up a set of rules that would allow small-scale production of replicas of old cars that no longer meet modern road standards.
It took several years to consider this initiative, but now the rules that will allow DeLorean Motor Company to resume production have been officially approved. The problem, however, is that the gasoline engine that was planned to be installed on the revived DMC 12 will no longer comply with environmental standards after 2022. In theory, the permit for its use can be extended until 2024, but this will still be a temporary solution.
It makes no sense to resume production with a motor, which in a little over a year will have to be abandoned. Therefore, the DeLorean Motor Company is now considering the option to start producing cars with an all-electric power plant.
Recall that the original DeLorean DMC-12 was produced in Ireland on a Lotus chassis and equipped with a PRV series V6 engine, which was a joint development of Volvo, Renault and Peugeot. Only the body, made of stainless steel, was original in the car. This makes the car related to the new Tesla Cybertruck pickup.
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