The revived DeLorean Motor Co. brand is set to roll out a new set of wheels in California this summer.
The company plans to reveal its new electric car concept on Aug. 18 at an event at Pebble Beach, the Detroit News reports. DeLorean will also announce the name of the new model, an image of which was recently made public, at the event.
“We are making an all-new, fully-electric, gull-winged, two-door sports car,” DeLorean CEO Stephen Wynne told the newspaper in February. "More details to come.”
The company, perhaps best known for making the car used to travel time in “Back to the Future,” was first launched by auto engineer John DeLorean in 1975. It stopped making cars in 1982, after going bankrupt.
Wynne bought the brand in 1995 and brought it to a new home outside of San Antonio, Texas, where he launched a service and restoration shop for DeLoreans still on the road. The new electric vehicle is DeLorean’s latest attempt at making cars under Wynne.
“We’ve been down this road before,” Andrew J. Hawkins points out for The Verge.
“The company released a teaser video in 2016 promising a reborn DeLorean—but nothing came of it,” Hawkins writes. “In 2019, a group of Stanford scientists made an autonomous DeLorean do donuts, which was fun but also reminded us of what we’ve been missing. This latest version could also disappear in a cloud of smoke (or vapor) if we’re not too careful.”
New Vehicles, Same Old Problem
DeLorean joins an increasingly crowded market for electric vehicles. The news of the new vehicle unveiling comes as several major auto manufacturers are having a hard time putting out plug-in cars that are safe to drive.
Federal regulators are investigating electric vehicle recalls by five large manufacturers: General Motors, Stellantis, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai. Each has recalled cars over the last 16 months because of battery problems that pose fire risks.
LG made the defective batteries blamed for the recalls. The company agreed last year to pay GM roughly $1.9 billion to cover costs and expenses related to a massive Chevy Bolt recall.
The good news for electric car and other vehicle owners in California is that you do not have to wait for a recall in order to get defects fixed.
The state’s lemon law forces auto manufacturers to perform a wide variety of repairs on cars while they are under warranty. It also requires manufacturers to buy back (or replace, in some cases) vehicles that they are unable or refuse to fix. That means compensating the owner for the purchase price of the vehicle, as well as financing fees, rental car costs and other expenses.
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