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Anyone who has seen the “Back to the Future” trilogy knows terms “jigawatts”, “flux capacitor”, and the “DeLorean”. Although a sci-fi time-travelling adventure, the trilogy only once envisioned what the future of reality really could be, and always somehow got stuck in the past, hence the iconic title. Just as iconic, the vehicle in the movie wasn’t just a car model made for the film, unlike the hoverboard that made Matell go crazy with countless consumer requests for a product that didn’t exist. The DMC DeLorean’s fame was short-lived, a rear-engine two-passenger sports car that could be found in the American market from 1981 until 1983. Well, it’s time for fans to rejoice, because word has it that the DMC DeLorean sports car is going to hit the market once more this year as an electric car.
“Excitement is rising like the doors of our iconic sports car, and we are revealing the next generation prototype 3 days earlier than planned on the most prestigious stage at Pebble beach.” - Troy Beetz, CMO of DeLorean Motor Company Inc
When is this new electric vehicle set to be released? Its reveal is currently set for August 18, 2022 at the prestigious Awards Ramp at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Like a long-awaited video game, the date feels so far away, but there are many concept rendered images available that give us a glimpse of the new DeLorean (seen above and below). The gull-winged doors are returning, and like the movie, they’re coming from the past and back into the future of the auto industry. With cramped parking garages and lots these days, we’re not sure how practical the doors will be, but they’re a staple of the DMC DeLorean.
Some fans may be a little miffed about the return of a fan favorite as an electric vehicle (EV). The same happened when Mitsubishi resurrected its Eclipse title, but as a crossover (Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross) instead of the sports car. Fans raged over this, but it would seem the rage wasn’t shared by many. In its first year of release, 9.4k models were sold in 2018, followed by an upsurge of 19.6k in 2019, and then a drop to 10.3k in 2020 - understandable with the COVID-19 pandemic causing factory shutdowns and dropping sales for automakers worldwide. The numbers for the Eclipse Cross have steadily dropped since then, with 8.9k in 2021, and 3.9k as of March 2022.
Could the same happen to the EV DeLorean? Probably, yeah. No one wants to see the return of their favorite vehicle as an EV, that doesn’t capture the same feelings of nostalgia that the original could provide. Even still, the renders are looking pretty sick when compared to the original model design. A bold front fascia that translates into the swept-back look of the coupe that has permeated the industry in recent years is a nice start. The look of a supercar is also apparent in the renders of the new DeLorean EV. A shining silver paint job is shown, and some images with a darker hue can be seen, but it’s most likely just a trick of the lighting in 3D imagery.
Regardless, the EV DeLorean is set to appear this summer, 2022. Hopefully it will be around for longer than three years this time. Who doesn’t want the “Back to the Future” car, even if it is electric? Join the discussion on NowCar social media and tell us what you think of the EV DeLorean.
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