Iconic DeLorean DMC-12 May Come Back as an Electric Car

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Fabienne Lang

Who doesn't love the infamous DeLorean DMC-12? Garnering its popularity thanks to the Back to the Future franchise, the iconic sports car may be gracing our streets once again, but this time as an electric vehicle. 

In keeping with the times, the company that owns the DeLorean car has been keen to bring it back to its former, yet updated, glory for years. And it looks like that day may come soon, as the company posted on its blog.


DeLoreans stopped being produced in the early 1980s when the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) filed for bankruptcy. However, the DeLorean Motor Company never gave up on its famed model and has been pushing for the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act, part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. This allows smaller, more boutique, car companies to build a specific number of replica vehicles. 

This act was finalized, but that still left the DeLorean company with a problem: the car's engine. 

These finalized and delayed rules block DeLorean Motor Company from using its originally-planned engine. After some lobbying and offering to use an emissions-compliant engine that would fit with the rules, the worry now is that this unspecified engine's life cycle wouldn't last long enough on the market.

Thus, the electric option. Now, it has to be said that the car company hasn't confirmed this shift quite yet, but it's hinted at it strongly. 

"It certainly makes for an easier path through emissions maze which still looms large over any internal combustion engine. While an electric Cobra or Morgan may be a little extreme for their potential market, we’ve already seen that an EV DeLorean – as we displayed at the 2012 New York International Auto Show – is not such an "out there" idea," read the blog.