DAVE DELMAN & TOM NEILAND: Long Island, NY
DeLorean club founders turn a DeLorean into electric after seeing "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
"We are a couple of long-time DeLorean enthusiasts who live on Long Island, New York, and are both electrical engineers and the founders of the Long Island – New York DeLorean Motor Club. we love making our DeLoreans unique by designing and building custom electronics for them.
When Dave went to see a special showing of 'Who Killed the Electric Car?' in New York City he was bitten by the EV bug. He wanted to build his own EV and the choice of car was easy for him. He said, 'I figured if you’re going to build an electric car, why not do it with some style!'
The car, a 1981 DeLorean with a seized motor, was purchased in July 2007 and by December we already had our first test drive.
Though the car is still a work in progress we have taken it to various clubs and meetings, including[t1] several chapters of the Electric Automobile Association, Battery Beach Burnout in Florida and the Power of DC, an EV meeting in Maryland where it won first prize in the 'low voltage' quarter mile drag racing competition. We also won the prestigious 'Charles Muffley award for Engineering Excellence' at the 2008 DeLorean Car Show in June 2008, and were invited to Consumer Reports, Future of the Car day.
It was really exciting to be invited to a meeting where all the major manufacturers were there touting how their new innovations in gasoline engine technology would increase gas mileage by 10 – 20 percent and here were two guys from Long Island showing up in a car that doesn’t use any gasoline at all! The first automobiles built back in the 1800’s were powered by electricity, so we think it’s very fitting that an all electric DeLorean is really going 'Back to the Future!'
So what does the future hold for the Electric DeLorean Project? WSo what does the future hold for the EddSHopefully when lithium ion battery prices come down they can boost the range from the present 30-40 miles to over 100 miles on a charge. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to recharge the lead acid batteries. Our car is actually quicker than a stock DeLorean and has a top speed of over 85 mph. Remember the speedometers in the 1980’s were only allowed to go up to 85.
Dave was afraid to bring it up to 88 mph because… well you know.
When the often-asked question comes up, 'hey where’s the Flux Capacitor,' Dave points to the area behind the seats and says, 'Exactly where it should be!' The car is indeed equipped with a replica of the Flux Capacitor.
The total cost of the car and conversion has been about $18,000 not including labor of course, since it has been a labor of love for them. But the cost of being able to drive right past the pump? Priceless!