Electric Back to the Future DeLorean materialising in 2013

Great Scott! The DeLorean Motor Company is working on an electric version of its Back to the Future DeLorean DMC-12.

Petrol? Where we're going, we don't need petrol. That's because plans are afoot to build an electric version of the DeLorean DMC-12 -- the iconic car that starred in the Back to the Future movies.

Choosing to power the new DMC-12 on humble electrical power rather than rubbish, the DeLorean Motor Company has stated on its blog that the car is being built in partnership with electric car startup Epic EV. That post has since been erased from history, but it's not an elaborate hoax -- Jalopnik's Kevin McCauley got to drive one.

DeLorean hopes to get it into production for 2013, which would give DMC two years to develop the junk-powered flying version that we know for a fact will be coming in 2015.

That's all the info we have for now. The original DeLorean featured car park-unfriendly gull-wing doors, and stainless steel panels that mean the original cars never rusted up. Only 9,000 of them were made before DMC halted production, and Wikipedia reckons only about 6,500 are still around today.

The DeLorean Motor Company went bust in 1982, but was revived by a Texas entrepreneur in 1995. The new company isn't associated with the first company, but does use the name.

The tech world has clearly realised we're only four years away from the events of Back to the Future Part 2 -- we're only just over the excitement of those official Back to the Future Nike Air Mag shoes . Next up, we'd like a Hydrator machine that makes big pizzas out of tiny dried pizzas.

Would you buy an electric DeLorean? Or are you holding on for the flying train from Part 3? Let us know down in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

Image credit: DeLorean Motor Company

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