View Full Version : Electric DeLorean and other e-cars

30 October 2010, 1308
Yes, the flux capacitor has been converted from plutonium to Li batteries. Wired Italy has converted a DeLorean DMC-12 to run on a 90-kW motor and "custom-designed" batteries, according to an article in my newspaper written by Michael d'Estries of the Mother News Network (?). The car's development is featured on Wired Italy's website, www.electricrace.it. Its estimated performance is 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, with a range of between 125 and 135 miles.

Also, Audi has unveiled its e-tron Spyder convertible. It uses Audi's plug-in hybrid technology, which pairs a 300 hp version of Audi's tubo-diesel engine with two electric motors, producing 85 additional hp. Audi claims that the vehicle will get up to 128.4 mpg (?). The car is expected to be on the market around 2015.

For those of you that love the Volt, an article in my newspaper says that when the juice runs out and the engine takes over full time, its miles per gallon drops to 32.

Meanwhile Porsche has announced that it will produce the extreme 918 Spyder super electric concept as a production model. The company is also considering an electric-only version of their Panamera sedan.

Finally, Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled its new A-class E-Cell small electric vehicle, which uses Tesla-supplied batteries. Based upon the 5-door version of the current A-class, the E-Cell optimizes interior room thanks to two compact li-ion battery packs located under the car. The electric motor produces 95 hp and the car can hit 93 mph. An 8-hour charge on a standard household outlet provides a range of about 62 miles. Mercedes will produce 500 of the A-class E-Cell cars for fleet testing in Europe. Sales to NA is expected within 3 years.