Remember the iconic DeLorean featured in the movie “Back to the Future?” The vehicle was manufactured for a very short period during the early ’80s, resulting in approximately 9,000 of the cars being sold commercially. The DeLorean DMC-12, the technical name for the vehicle produced by the DeLorean Motor Company, was the only model produced by the company. After only seven years in existence, the DeLorean Motor Company declared bankruptcy in 1982.
Today, approximately 6,500 of the DeLorean DMC-12 models are still in existence. However, the highly recognizable model is about to be joined by an all-electric version, projected to be available commercially by 2013.
Although the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt nearly 20 years ago, Texas businessman Stephen Wynne bought the rights to the name as well as all of the leftover inventory of the vehicle manufacturer in 1995 and set up headquarters in Humble, Texas. Although the new company is not technically affiliated with the original DeLorean Motor Company, the aim of the new company has been to support owners of DeLoreans.
Since 2007, Wynne’s company has been releasing newly built DeLorean DMC-12s in limited edition, partially building the vehicles using the leftover parts inventory purchased from the original DeLorean Motor Company. There are four dealerships in the United States and one in the Netherlands that are authorized to sell the vehicle, which retails for $57,400.
Since the only model produced by the original DeLorean Motor Company has remained a collector’s item, partially due to its being featured in “Back to the Future,” it makes sense that Wynne would wish to bring the model back with a modern twist. The company is developing the electric vehicle in conjunction with Epic EV, a company specializing in electric vehicles made for on and off-road use.
Currently, there are few details about the all-electric DeLorean. It will be designed to look much like the DeLorean DMC-12, and it will be a completely electric vehicle. While the company projects that the vehicle will be available commercially by 2013, no details regarding whether the vehicle will be available in early or late 2013 have been released.