The Electric DeLorean chassis to be built by Epic EV with batteries from Flux Power
Like an 88 miles/hr bolt of lightning from the past, DeLorean Motor Company has promised the Electric DeLorean for 2013. And it'll be sporting a composite frame manufactured by Epic Electric Vehicles.
Last fall news from the reborn DeLorean Motor Company caught our attention, an all new DeLorean car and this time it's electric. DMC is promising the DMC-12 will have a 260 HP electric motor, a 120 miles/hr top speed, a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds, a single speed transmission, a battery pack from FluxPower, a 100+ mile range in city driving, and a high power 70 amps on-board charger for fast recharge times. The current DeLorean Motor Company bought the DeLorean brand name in the 90's and has been refurbishing used DeLorean cars ever since.
Epic EV recently announced that after helping DMC build the prototype for the DMC-12, the two companies were so happy with the results that they decided to take the relationship up a level. Which means that Epic EV "will be playing a vital role in" developing the DMC-12, by "bringing advanced composites chassis technology to a classic that was ahead of its time."
Epic EV specializes in manufacturing vehicles using composite materials, a technique that is widely used in airplanes but not in cars. Composite materials have a huge weight and strength advantage over metal, which in theory should make for sturdier and safer vehicles.
The recently demised Aptera also designed their vehicles using composite materials, and it just so happens that Epic EV was founded by former employees of Aptera. It also just so happens that Flux Power, the battery supplier for the DMC-12, was also founded by former employees of Aptera. A few years ago a management shakeup at Aptera resulted in several senior people (some were Aptera founders) being ejected from that company, and they went on to separately form Epic EV, which initially focused on electric boats made from composites, and Flux Power, which focused on designing and building battery packs. Those of us who were fans of Aptera can take heart the legacy of that company could live on in Epic EV, Flux Power, and now the Electric DeLorean.
The DMC-12 chassis is 200 pounds lighter than the original DeLorean chassis, and stronger. Lighter and safer are both good attributes for a high speed electric car like this. Additionally to the chassis being used for the electric DMC-12 due in 2013, existing gasoline powered DeLorean's can be retrofitted to use this chassis as well.
“The original DeLorean was 30 years ahead of its time in the 1980s so I felt that the composites the new DMCEV uses today should also be well ahead of its time.”-Chris Anthony, Epic's CEO. He went on to say "We have achieved 200lbs of reduction in weight with these new bodies through better engineering and that will make for a more advanced DMCEV. The roof crush and side impact strength is greatly improved on these bodies and I think this is a great new attribute for the DMCEV.”
Delorean's CEO Stephen Wynne had this to say “We had aggressive targets for this new body structure and Epic EV exceeded those by a wide margin. We can’t wait to provide our customers with new DMCEV’s that utilize this new advanced composites technology and the fact that the original DeLorean cars can also be retrofitted with this new composite body structure further broadens the appeal”