Being originally manufactured in Dunmurry, a suburb west of Belfast, Northern Ireland, by John DeLorean for the US market back in the 1980s, the DMC-12 is about to make a modern comeback as an electric vehicle, as the automaker has announced on its official website.
“For several years, DeLorean Motor Company of Texas has been reconstituting the fruit of John Z. Delorean’s troubled loins (phrasing!). Now we are working with electric-car startup Epic EV to put an all-electric DMC-12 into production by 2013”, as the company has announced on the site.
There’s no word yet about the DeLorean DMC-12’s powerplant, performance, range, price or anything but this might be a good starting point to a new “Back to the future”, the movie that made the DeLorean famous.
The first prototype of the DeLorean DMC-12 has appeared in March 1976 and the production officially began in 1981. It is estimated that 9.000 DMC-12s have been made before the production has been stopped in 1982 and about 6.500 Delorean vehicles are still “alive” today.