The new $175,000 electric DeLorean is significantly larger than its predecessors

THE DeLorean Motor Company is relaunching as an electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer.

DeLorean’s first upcoming release will be the high-performance Alpha5 model in 2024.

Upcoming $175,000 electric DeLorean


Upcoming $175,000 electric DeLoreanPhoto credit: Delorean

But this new DeLorean is different from its 1980s predecessor.

The DeLorean Alpha5 is longer and does not contain stainless steel.

DeLorean CEO Joost de Vries says, “If you’re packing a lot of battery, you need a big wheelbase, and if you’ve got a big wheelbase, you’re going to get a big car,” Fuchs reports.

Due to battery packaging requirements, almost every electric car on the market is a four-seat sedan, SUV, or truck configuration.

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The extended roofline of the DeLorean Alpha5 makes room for four seats, two more than 1980s DeLorean DMCs.

But you won’t want to sit in those smaller back seats when you’re tall.

Two key performance metrics for the DeLorean Alpha5 include a 0-60 mph time that’s under three seconds, a top speed of 155 mph, and a range of 300 miles on a full charge, reports TechCrunch.

EVs have faster 0-60 mph average times than gas-powered cars because they produce torque in shorter periods of time.

This accelerated torque response occurs because all-electric cars contain no transmissions.

Electric vehicles continue to work to outperform their gas-powered counterparts in the average top speed category.

Many electric manufacturers limit the top speed of their cars to conserve battery power, reports Torque.

The DeLorean Alpha 5’s 300-mile range is supported by a 100 kWh battery.

Large gullwings were carried over from classic 1980s DMC DeLoreans into the DeLorean Alpha5.

Open wing doors instead of off.

Classic DMC-12 sports car at the 2019 Concours d'Elegance


Classic DMC-12 sports car at the 2019 Concours d’ElegancePhoto credit: Getty

Mercedes-Benz was the first manufacturer to produce over 1,000 gullwings with its SL300.

DeLorean’s new headquarters will be in San Antonio, Texas.

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