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.
Every time we turned a corner at Flux, we saw something else intriguing. But the new/old electric DeLorean, that’s really something.