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While the big OEMs play with high-stakes vehicle electrification programs, sometimes it's a good idea to just have fun with turning your car into an electric vehicle (EV). The latest example is a project led by Wired Italy (Google Translate version) and eCars Now! Italy to convert a DeLorean DMC-12 to electric drive, and yes, the Mr. Fusion jokes are expected. The DeLorean EV made an appearance last month just in time for the 25th anniversary of the release of the original Back to the Future movie in Europe.

The plug-in DeLorean ran on li-ion batteries and a 90 kW motor all the way from the Wired offices in Milan to Rome. Traveling along the scenic highways – so as to better "enjoy the pastoral landscape along Italy's rural roads" – the trip was accompanied by Back to the Future marathons sponsored by Universal Pictures. The unofficial specs for the DeLorean EV say it can make the jump to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds and has a range of around 130 miles. It's a fun trip and all, but the issues the team is addressing are serious. Wired Italy Features Editor Massimiliano Ferramondo told his American counterparts that:
If you customize your car into electric in Italy and many other countries in the world, it's illegal. If we all go electric in ten years, what happens to all the other cars that we've accumulated in the past hundred years? The eco-disaster of these cars existing now could be a bigger problem than keeping them going.
This isn't the first time a DeLorean conversion project has been attempted, as a similar example was available on eBay back in 2008.

[Source: Electric Race, Wired]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares about how longs it takes from 0-60 mph what is the 0-88 mph :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      re: " If we all go electric in ten years, what happens to all the other cars that we've accumulated in the past hundred years? "

      uh.... Cars THAT WE DRIVE dont last 100 years. If its in a museum... different story.
      People tend to sell by 10 years old if not before. So in 10 ten years everyone would be looking for a new car anyway. What do we do with them? We scrap and recycle as has been done for how many years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All the time machines were electric, not just the Mr. Fusion version from the future.

      "This sucker's electrical. But I need a nuclear reaction to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity I need."
      • 4 Years Ago
      FYI, 1.2 Gigawatts (and yes, it's correct to pronounce that "Jigga", but that pronunciation has fallen out of favour) is 1 *million* horsepower. :)

      It would have been a cinch to plop in an electric motor in 1885 and
      use a few hundred of those horsepower to get up to 88 mph. The Flux
      Capacitor would have felt it as a slight rounding error from Mr.
      Fusion. No internal combustion engine required!

      But that wouldn't have been anywhere near as cool as pushing it with a
      steam locomotive from the era. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      They didn't use a big enough motor. 1.21 GW minimum.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1.21 Jigawatts!? The only thing that can produce that kind of energy is.. A bolt of lightning!
      • 4 Years Ago
      All it needs now is the sound effects from the movie!:D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can it go 88 MPH?