Here’s why the new electric DeLorean is so great

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The DeLorean Motor Company is back, but not exactly as you might remember it.

The classic nameplate is being rebooted as an electric car brand with a new headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.

Its first model coming in 2024 is called the Alpha5 and features gullwing doors like the classic 1980s DeLorean DMC-12, but it’s an otherwise very different car. Its body is much more curved and not stainless steel, and it is also much larger than the original.

Rather than a two-seater sports car, it’s a four-seater as long as a Tesla Model S sedan or Porsche Taycan. DeLorean CEO Joost de Vries told The Fox Garage there was a practical reason for this.

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The DeLorean Alpha5 is a fully electric vehicle.
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“One of the downsides of going electric is that you have to pack a lot of battery,” de Vries said. “If you pack a lot of battery, you need a big wheelbase, and when you have a big wheelbase, you get a big car.”

The butterfly coupe has four seats.

The butterfly coupe has four seats.
(DeLorean)

The DeLorean team turned lemons into lemonade by stretching the roofline and making room for two rear seats, albeit small ones, making it more of a 2-plus-2 sedan than a full-four sedan. squares.

“It’s really not for people like me who are 6-foot-4. You won’t be able to sit there,” de Vries said.

The Alpha5 was designed with a 100 kilowatt hour battery.

The Alpha5 was designed with a 100 kilowatt hour battery.
(DeLorean)

The Alpha5 is designed around a 100 kilowatt-hour battery that will provide over 300 miles of range, which is fast becoming the minimum standard for electric vehicles. Almost all EVs on sale today are either sedans or SUVs, largely due to the same type of packaging constraints.

The smallest electric vehicle available in the United States is the Mini Cooper SE, which has a 32.6 kilowatt-hour battery that’s only rated for 110 miles of driving between charges. However, it is based on the petrol model and is not optimized for the installation of an electric battery.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV has a 65 kilowatt-hour battery and a range of 259 miles between charges.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV has a 65 kilowatt-hour battery and a range of 259 miles between charges.
(Chevy)

The purpose-built Chevrolet Bolt EV four-door subcompact sedan is about a foot longer with doubled capacity and a range of 259 miles per charge. But it’s not a high-performance model like the DeLorean which can accelerate to 60 mph in under three seconds and will drain its charge faster when driven spiritedly on a track than used around town or for driving on a highway.

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Don’t expect to see a two-seat DeLorean anytime soon, either. De Vries says the company’s next model is expected to be an SUV.

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