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“Back to the Future” retro wave continues as electric DeLoreans eyed for 2013

“Back to the Future” retro wave continues as electric DeLoreans eyed for 2013 (photo)

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Way back in 1982, three years before the DMC-12 achieved lasting fame in “Back to the Future,” the original DeLorean Motor Company crashed and burned. But now, a newer company with the same name is making moves to bring the DeLorean back in 2013, as a completely electric model.

Since 1995, Stephen Wynne’s DeLorean Motor Company has used the remaining inventory from the short-lived company to cater to the DeLorean collector community, even building “new” cars from remaindered parts and new technology. The company is now planning to take a step further into the future by teaming with Epic EV, an electric-car start-up to put all-electric versions of the DMC-12 into production. This comes on a rising tide of nostalgia-based “Back to the Future” tie-ins, including a return to movie theaters as well as the limited release of the 2011 Nike Mag sneakers.

The automobile news site Jalopnik picked up the story, which fittingly broke at the International DeLorean Owners Event. The site hypothesized that the car would be similar to Epic EV’s Torq Roadster, which has “a 200 hp+, 44V/156V electric motor, powered by a 24-30 KWh lithium ion phosphate battery.” We were too busy playing with action figures as a kid to learn anything about mechanics or other practical skills, but suffice to say, it probably won’t have enough juice to get you to 1955.

What do you think about the new all-electric DMCEV? Is your garage big enough for gull-wing doors? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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