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This article was published on February 17, 2022

The DeLorean is returning as an EV — and I want more classic car comebacks

Back to the future, baby!


The DeLorean is returning as an EV — and I want more classic car comebacks
Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
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Ioanna Lykiardopoulou

Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives. Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives.

Unpainted stainless steel body. Gull-wing doors. Plutonium-powered time-travel capabilities. Yes, it’s the DeLorean. 

Despite its many troubled years, the DeLorean has left its mark in automotive history, and it even turned into a pop-culture icon after the Back to the Future film franchise. 

Now, folks, it’s getting resurrected to claim its place in the world of EVs

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If this tweet hasn’t satiated your curiosity or excitement, I feel you. The short teaser video only gives us a few hints about what to expect:

  • It’s going to be called “DeloreanEVolved” — an expected, but cool name. 
  • It’s going to be a luxury EV.
  • We’re going to see it this year (oh, boy!). 
  • The gull-wing doors are staying. Can I get a “HELL YEAH?”

Plus, we know that the company will start building the vehicle at its new global headquarters in Texas

The DeLorean’s comeback has made me think of two things: first, I want to rewatch Back to the Future, and second, I want MORE classic cars electrically revived. 

So, with that in mind, here are my picks for the cars begging for an electric resurrection:

The 1950s Isetta

Isetta
Image: Pujanak/Wikipedia

The current Microlino 2.0 bears an uncanny resemblance to the Isetta (and will soon hit the European streets), but I simply want the ULTRA-CUTE original brought back to life.

The 1982 Dodge Rampage

1982 dodge rampage
Image: classicars.com

A pick-up truck with a cool convertible vibe? I’m sold.

The 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III

Reliant Regal
Image: Silverstone Auctions

Yes, I know, it’s the weird three-wheeler from Only Fools and Horses, but why should Back to the Future have all the fun?

The 1970s Opel Manta

Opel Manta
Image: Charles01/Wikipedia

Okay, Opel has already built its electric version, the Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD. The problem is, it’s just a showcase concept car — and that ISN’T ENOUGH.

The 1980 TVR Tasmin

TVR Tasmin
Image: Crwpitman/Wikipedia

Its front kinda looks like Donald Duck’s beak, but the TVR Tasmin was an impressive machine for its time. With a powerful engine capable of going 0-60mph in just five seconds, it’s the sort of car David Hasselhoff would solve crimes in.

Are there any classic cars you’d like to see electrified? Then let us know — and we’ll feature the best in a follow-up story. You can email me or tweet us right here.

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