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DeLorean returning with composites-intensive electric vehicle

Epic Electric Vehicles and DeLorean Motor Co. Inc. are cooperating to produce an infused composite body for the new DeLorean Electric Vehicle, slated for production in 2012.

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Posted on: 12/5/2011
Source: CompositesWorld

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DeLorean schematic

DeLorean composite body schematic.

Epic Electric Vehicles (Vista, Calif., USA and Vivian, La., USA) and DeLorean Motor Co. Inc. (Humble, Texas, USA) report that Epic has been selected as the composites manufacturer for the new DeLorean Electric Vehicle (DMCEV) slated for production in 2012.

Epic and DeLorean have unveiled a new lightweight resin-infused composite body for the new DMCEV. Together, Epic EV and DeLorean worked to maximize strength and decrease the weight of this main chassis component of the DMCEV.

“It was important for the DMCEV to not just have an advanced drivetrain but to also decrease the weight and improve the safety of these new vehicles,” said DeLorean CEO Stephen Wynne. “We had aggressive targets for this new body structure and Epic EV exceeded those by a wide margin. We can’t wait to provide our customers with new DMCEVs that utilize this new advanced composites technology and the fact that the original DeLorean cars can also be retrofitted with this new composite body structure further broadens the appeal,” he said.

Epic EV’s new composite body designed for DeLorean is lighter weight versus the original’s, with a much increased safety factor over those built in the 1980s. This will allow for the DMCEV to add more battery capacity for greater range and provide its passengers with enhanced impact protection and durability.

“The original DeLorean was 30 years ahead of its time in the 1980s so I felt that the composites the new DMCEV uses today should also be well ahead of its time,” said founder of Epic EV Chris Anthony. He added, “We have achieved 200 lb [91 kg] of reduction in weight with these new bodies through better engineering and that will make for a more advanced DMCEV. The roof crush and side impact strength is greatly improved on these bodies and I think this is a great new attribute for the DMCEV.”

The DeLorean Motor Co. (DMC) acquired the original company’s name in 1995 and now owns the largest remaining original parts stock from the factory, U.S. stock and original suppliers. In addition to servicing, restoring and selling DeLorean automobiles, parts, accessories and merchandise to customers around the world, DMC also assembles cars to order, featuring parts or designs from the original DeLorean automobile, with modern engine and suspension technology. 

Epic EV designs and manufactures electric vehicles for land and water and seeks to make reliable, high performance electric vehicles accessible for all.

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