Houston, Texas – A new, all-electric version of the classic 1981 DeLorean coupe is planned, substituting a composite body for the original’s stainless steel version.

Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company acquired the original company’s name in 1995 and now owns the largest remaining original parts stock from the factory and suppliers.

Epic Electric Vehicles and DeLorean Motor Company are scheduled to produce the new DeLorean Electric Vehicle (DMCEV) in 2012. The vehicle will use a lightweight, resin-infused composite body.

“It was important for the DMCEV to not just have an advanced drivetrain, but to also decrease the weight and improve the safety of these new vehicles,” said Stephen Wynne, CEO of DeLorean. “We had aggressive targets for this new body structure and Epic EV exceeded those by a wide margin.”

Wynne said that the composite body will be available for retrofitting to original DeLorean cars as well.

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