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Electrogenic Brings the DeLorean DMC-12 Back to the Future with a New EV Conversion Kit pen_spark

Electrogenic, the renowned EV technology company, has unveiled its latest electric conversion: the iconic DeLorean DMC-12. This easy-to-install “plug-and-play” kit breathes new life into the famed car, forever linked to the Back to the Future franchise.

A Reversible Revolution

Developed entirely in-house, Electrogenic’s conversion kit utilizes the company’s proprietary EV powertrain technology. This system replaces the original DMC-12’s underwhelming engine with a smooth, electric driving experience.

“Since founding Electrogenic,” said Steve Drummond, CEO, “we’ve seen immense interest in a DeLorean EV conversion. The car’s futuristic design and lackluster engine make it perfect for electrification. We’re thrilled to finally unveil this ‘plug-and-play’ package, giving the DMC-12 the performance its design deserves.”

More Than Just Power

The DeLorean joins Electrogenic’s growing range of conversion kits, including options for the Land Rover Defender, Jaguar E-type, and Porsche 911. The company is also known for bespoke conversions, recently electrifying a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II for Hollywood star Jason Momoa.

Electrogenic’s expertise extends beyond conversions. They develop turnkey EV drivetrain solutions for car manufacturers and even defense applications.

A Look Back at the DeLorean DMC-12

The brainchild of John DeLorean, a visionary car designer, the DMC-12 was conceived in the late 1970s. DeLorean sought a sustainable sports car, not just powerful but ethically produced.

Styled by the legendary Giugiaro, the gullwing-doored DMC-12 was built for longevity. Its pioneering use of composites and stainless steel ensured it wouldn’t succumb to rust. This commitment to quality is reflected in the remarkable fact that three-quarters of all DMC-12s ever produced are still on the road today.

DeLorean partnered with Lotus engineering before establishing production in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Despite financial pressures and political unrest, the DMC-12 was designed, built, and certified for sale in the US in a record 28 months.

Compromises were made, however. The Peugeot-Renault-Volvo (PRV) V6 engine, while stylish, was underpowered for a sports car. Despite initial success, the DMC-12 was ultimately a victim of the early 1980s recession. Production ceased in 1982, but by then, the car had secured its place as an automotive icon, further cemented by its role in Back to the Future.

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Electrifying an Icon

Electrogenic’s conversion kit honors the DeLorean’s legacy, delivering the effortless powertrain the car always deserved. True to DeLorean’s original vision, the electric DMC-12 is a sustainable sports car for a new era.

Electrogenic’s engineers meticulously designed the electric powertrain to seamlessly integrate with the existing car architecture. The “plug-and-play” system features 43kWh of brand-new OEM-grade batteries, positioned strategically for optimal weight distribution. This innovative battery packaging system delivers exceptional energy density.

The original car’s structure remains untouched throughout the conversion process, ensuring complete reversibility. The batteries power a 160kW motor, generating impressive torque and propelling the car from 0-60mph in under 5 seconds – half the original time. Selectable drive modes allow drivers to choose between an Eco mode for extended range or a Sport mode for maximum performance. The conversion even includes launch control, a first for Electrogenic.

With a 150+ mile range and CCS rapid charging capabilities, the electric DeLorean is perfect for everyday driving. It also boasts V2L (Vehicle to Load) technology, providing 3kW of 240V AC power – enough to charge a laptop, power a fridge, or even charge another car on the go.

A Future for the DeLorean

The first customer DMC-12 conversion boasts several bespoke features, including Apple CarPlay, enhanced air conditioning, and a custom virtual dashboard.

“We’re delighted with the results,” said Drummond. “The DeLorean is transformed from a cruiser into a true sports car, perfectly matching its timeless design. This conversion honors John DeLorean’s original vision for a sustainable car. The car’s handling is phenomenal, proving the Lotus-engineered suspension is more than up to the task. Public response during testing has been incredible. People are constantly stopping us, wanting a closer look. The DeLorean holds a special place in many hearts, and we hope our conversion kit will help preserve this cultural icon for future generations.”

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