Delorean Electric Car Lightens The Load

The resurrection of the once-iconic Delorean Motor Company brand is creeping forward. In the latest news, the company announced that was teaming up with California-based electric vehicle (EV) designer and manufacturer Epic EV to manufacture the body chassis of the all-new electric Delorean. Epic EV has a wide range of electrics in its stable, including a boat and an all-terrain vehicle.

The new Delorean, tagged the DMCEV, will feature a lightweight composite body when it hits the streets sometime in 2012. Delorean says the new body is a resin-infused material designed to maximize strength and decrease the weight of this main chassis component. In a statement, Delorean said that the new chassis cuts about 200 pounds from the original’s all-aluminum body. The weight savings will allow for added battery capacity, providing the car with greater range, the company said.

delorean frame

image via Delorean

Delorean also said that the new materials significantly boost the safety of the vehicle, with greater roof-crush and side-impact strength, and enhanced overall durability. In addition to the the structural improvements, the company also noted that original vintage Deloreans could be retrofitted with the new composite frames.

“It was important for the DMCEV to not just have an advanced drivetrain but to also decrease the weight and improve the safety of these new vehicles,” said DeLorean CEO Stephen Wynne. “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,” he said.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QREL3BW5G3AIK4L2MLD5K25N7I Leff Behind

    Cool!u00a0 I want one.

  • Ross Nicholson

    Go, Delorean, GO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garethpn Gareth Pitt-Nash

    the original cars were made from stainless steel, makes sense that they should use aluminium instead :)