BLAST FROM THE PAST: The original "Back to the Future" DeLorean. (Photo: Globe Photos)
No, I didn’t know there was an electric DeLorean, either, not until I visited the San Diego headquarters of Flux Power, which sells cheaper batteries and power systems for EVs (the Wheego LiFe among them).
Yes, I know that “Flux Power” sounds like “Flux Capacitor,” which is what made another DeLorean go “Back to the Future.”Flux was started by serial entrepreneur Chris Anthony, and it’s something like his sixth company. Another was Aptera, which hopes to produce a really wild-looking three-wheeled electric vehicle called the 2e (think of an airplane without wings).
I could go on about how Anthony hopes to sell batteries for “peak shaving” operations, which exploit the price advantage between peak and off-peak power costs. But I know you want to hear about the electric DeLorean. Believe it or not, the DeLorean Motor Company still exists, but it’s in Texas, not Ireland, these days.
The old DeLorean failed spectacularly in the 1980s; the current company bought the remaining parts, a huge cache capable of assembling maybe 300 DeLoreans. A “new/old” one will cost you $57,500. And DeLorean Texas plans to offer a $75,000 electric version, with (appropriately enough) Flux batteries — a 30 kilowatt/hour pack. It should be fairly swift, Anthony says, but they haven’t tested it yet.
Right now there’s only one electric DeLorean — the example you see in the video. I wish I could say I drove it, but nobody’s done that yet. I did get to go for a ride in the Epic Torq, a crazed electric track racer thing that will soon be on the market. Something like a Lotus Nine, with cycle fenders and a minimum of creature comforts (not even a windshield in the test version), the Torq is an absolute scream — duplicating the Tesla Roadster acceleration experience at about half the money. Expect it to start at $40,000, or $55,000 “all tricked out.”
Every time we turned a corner at Flux, we saw something else intriguing. But the new/old electric DeLorean, that’s really something.
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