Company Creates Bolt-On DeLorean EV Conversion Kit

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

UK-based Electrogenic has produced a bolt-in conversion kit that transforms the DMC DeLorean into an all-electric vehicle. It also makes the model quite a bit faster than stock and is allegedly quite easy to install. The bolt-in kit is said to require absolutely no cutting, welding, or drilling of any kind — making it a option for someone hoping to create a movie replica or cyberpunk project car.

While I’m not exactly known for being the biggest EV advocate, I’m all for people modifying vehicles however they wish. The DMC DeLorean likewise played host to the V6 PRV engine in an era where just about everything was severely under powered. At 2.8 liters, the motor produced a modest 130 horsepower and pushed the gull-winged coupe to 60 mph in a little under 10 seconds.

This fact often came up when my childhood friends and I argued about whether or not the model shown in Back to the Future could actually achieve 88 mph within the convenience of an empty parking lot. But I always noted that Doc Brown explains to Marty that the vehicle is “electrical” and uses a nuclear reaction to generate the requisite amount of power it needs. The entire powertrain had presumably been converted as part of his building it into a time machine.

With this in mind, an electrified DeLorean would arguably make for a more accurate movie replica and assuredly put some pep in the step of what was a notoriously slow (albeit still iconic) sports car.

For the conversion, the company will remove the fuel tank and supplant it with a 42.0-kWh battery pack. This will also reduce the gasoline smell owners have been complaining about forever, as DMC opted to put the fuel cap next to the HVAC system's air intake.

The electric motor, inverter, cooling system and CCS-type charging port go where the engine used to be. Since that was located in the back half of the original car, there’s even a chance that Electrogenic may have improved the vehicle’s subpar weight distribution a tad.

Owners will probably tailor the looks to their tastes but the parts provided by the company all look like they could have come straight from the DMC factory in the 1980s, assuming EVs had been a thing during that period.

The electric motor produces a claimed 215 horsepower and will make the vehicle noticeably quicker since it doesn’t add much weight. Electrogenic stated that 60 mph should be feasible in about five seconds and there are multiple drive modes for those who just want to maximize the battery life. However, it’s not terribly good for someone who plans on taking the vehicle on a long journey. The manufacturer estimates the electrified DeLorean's maximum range is somewhere around 150 miles.

As EV conversions go, this is probably one of the coolest we’ve come across and it likewise sounds like one of the easier end of the spectrum for someone into DIY. But the company recommends hiring a "trained specialist" that they can ship the parts to. Regardless, we don’t expect to see many of these due to the fact that the relevant automobile is quite rare, not getting any cheaper to buy and most collectors will probably want to keep their DMC stock for resale purposes.

[Images: Electrogenic]

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Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Aron9000 Aron9000 5 days ago

    $82,000!!!!!! I thought it would be like $30k tops. Might as well LS v8 swap it, thats been proven and done. Plus you get a hell of a lot more than 215hp and its proven tech that doesnt use a bunch of proprietary bs parts like this kit.

    Maybe one day we can have diy friendly ev swaps that are cost effective. Main thing I see hindering this is proprietary software and wiring that locks out the diy crowd. Plus batteries need to become more modular to fit in different cars(like Im sure that one off battery to fit in the deloreans gas tank space is most of the expense)

  • Carson D Carson D 5 days ago

    Every global automaker is pumping out more EVs than anyone wants, so it is exceptionally stupid to ruin existing ICE cars by neutering them in this way.

    • Matt Posky Matt Posky 5 days ago

      I would agree if the the stock delorean had a non-garbage powertrain. Keep the ones in good condition unmodified for the sake of history (and resale). But do whatever you want to the beaters.

  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
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