eD, the electric DeLorean

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Who wouldn’t want a DeLorean, honestly it has to be the one of the coolest cars around, what with its gull wing doors and stainless steel siding. Joking aside [Tom Neiland] and [Dave Delman] went even further, creating eD, the electric DeLorean. It contains around 910 pounds of deep cycle lead batteries, custom transmission adapter plate, and a WarP 9 DC motor controlled by a water cooled 2000 amp Z2K-HV, all together to produce 200 horsepower reaching over 85 miles per hour.

The project cost ended up around $18,000 and they plan to add even more including a digital dash and Lithium batteries to extend the cars travel distance from the currently limited 30-40 miles on a single charge. Unfortunately the two couldn’t get their flux capacitor working, but we feel Dr. Brown would still be proud. Check out a video after the break and the writeup at Jameco.

[Thanks Tech Olive]

Comments

  1. HogieWan says:

    Flux Capacitor is useless if the car only gets up to 85

  2. monkeyslayer56 says:

    @HogieWan
    thats y its not working maybe….
    btw this is SWEET

  3. polymath says:

    I’ve always wanted to convert one over to a hydraulic drive train.

  4. jjrh says:

    Why hasn’t a company re made this awesome car?

  5. Hackius says:

    What’s with the air raid siren in the video?

  6. Anonymoose says:

    http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=Back+to+the+future+Wikipedia+miles+per+hour

    Come on ppl, get your geek references right.

  7. Caleb Kraft says:

    I have a friend that had one for a while. They’re really neat, but sluggish. They also had problems with the frame rusting. They are pretty awesome looking though.

  8. HogieWan says:

    @Anonymoose

    what are you trying to say? It needs to get to 88 and the article says it gets to 85 – that was my point

  9. Zeno Arrow says:

    How much power does this take to run? 1.21 Gigawatts? ; )

  10. chris says:

    200hp? My BS detector is going off.

  11. strider_mt2k says:

    Not even a FAKE flux capacitor? WTF?

    C’mon man have a sense of humor!
    You must already, look what you made into an electric car!!

  12. RJSC says:

    If Doc Brown had done his DeLorean electric in the first place, he wouldn’t get stuck in the old west because he was out of gas!

    Nicely done!

    Add the Mr. Fusion and you’ll get unlimited range!

  13. James says:

    Cool looking car, still a few around in the UK. Aweful handling and incredibly slow to start with, no idea why you’d make the handling even worse and bearly raise the power. And for 18K. Just not worth it IMO (and I like modifying cars!)

  14. AllenKll says:

    You made an electric car… out of a Delorean?!

    The way I see it, if you’re gonna save the planet with a car, why not do it with some style?

  15. roflmao says:

    @AllenKII: nice quote reference.

    Yea come on they could have at least shot for 88mph top speed as a requirement.
    And I agree, throw 3 neon tubes in there to make the appearance of the flux capacitor just for the giggles of it.

    200hp.. I know you might call BS on that but the tourque output of electric vs. ice is ridiculously high for the amount of power input. The ratio is far better. ice is just cheaper to work with even though it is only 45% efficient overall in comparison to other options.

    If they seriously got into mass production of ev type systems the costs would fall to reasonable levels. Noone really wants to foot the bill on the “risk” end of it due to years of oil company propaganda about power from electric vs. petro.

  16. colecago says:

    I am not sure calling ED was the best marketing decision.

  17. japkin says:

    They did do it with some style!

    BTW, if they want to just add a flux capacitor to it without all the additional legwork of building it, they can just buy one:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/collectibles/9fc6/

  18. Jac says:

    Alright, I’ll bite:

    Are they planning to add a Mr. Fusion?

  19. chris says:

    @roflmao

    No, I call BS on the 200HP because the warp9 motor he uses only does 100hp max and thats only for a few seconds.

  20. @jjrh… there is a company that has remade this great car:

    http://www.delorean.com/

    IIRC a Texan bought the rights to the company and had all the original manufacturing equipment and spare parts shipped from Ireland back to the US… you can buy a brand new DeLorean for about $40K last time I checked.

  21. Anonymoose says:

    HogieWan it was aimed at HAD, not at you.

  22. irlolcopter says:

    Who cares if the handling is bad and its slow.. this thing can travel through time!

    the video embedded doesnt do this car justice, check this and other vids:

  23. john says:

    @RJST : Doc Brown’s Delorean was electrical. It’s just that it’s hard to generate enough jiggawatts with only lead acid cells. You need a tiny fission reactor, tiny (mr.) fusion reactor, or a bolt of lightning.

    Don’t you know anything about science?

  24. Anonymouse says:

    Why do so many electric vehicles use DC motors at low voltage and such ridiculous current?

    Why not a good old fashioned three-phase synchronous or induction motor at 800 volts or so? Controller could be some beefy 1200 V IGBTs with a DSP doing space vector modulation. Plus, you get regenerative braking pretty easily.

  25. Evie says:

    The Time Travel components and hover equipment were electrical, but, if memory serves, Doc Brown said that the car still had a conventional gasoline motor. The bulk of those items were shot when it got shot by lightning in the 50’s timezone.

  26. Alan says:

    How much over 85mph? 86? 87?

    They need to uprate the batteries to 1.21 GW to reach 88.

  27. PocketBrain says:

    Hey, I have seen this up close! They had a green transportation expo of some sort at a local campus (Palm Beach county, FL). And yes, the Flux Capacitor is non-functional.

    Oh, and the DeLorean Motor Company will build you a classic DMC-12, or you can wait for the 2011 DMC Solstice.

  28. T says:

    He did a pretty poor job at blotting out his address on his registration. I wanted to e-mail him about it, but couldn’t find any contact info.

  29. Jakob Homan says:

    You built an electric car… out of a Delorean?

  30. blizzarddemon says:

    This will be good…till the Libyans find out.

    MARTY RUN!!!

  31. JB says:

    Well…Mr. Fusion is the way to go if they want to get rid of the 900+ pounds of batteries and get more than 30~40 mile range :P

  32. MSUEcoCar says:

    That’s so awesome. With the work of people like the students participating in the EcoCAR competition, sponsored by GM and the DOE, I expect we’ll see more like this soon!

  33. csirac2 says:

    @Anonymouse, who might be trolling…

    But in case you’re not, I’d like to know your thoughts on getting practical AC power without turning a generator?

  34. PSN Coder says:

    Wow an extra 900 pounds, that ought to slow it down.

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