DeLorean gets the green light to go Back to the Future and make all-electric car

The go-ahead has been given to produce cars that look like vehicles from 25 years ago.

The DeLorean Motor Company, whose car famously featured in the Back to the Future movie trilogy, is among the companies who have been given the green light to produce the vintage motors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the USA's road safety body, completed the regulations for the low volume manufacturing rules and now the iconic film car may return as an electric vehicle.

Congress enacted the DeLorean Motor Company-backed bill into 2015, but implementation was delayed while awaiting the NHTSA regulations.

Companies like DeLorean and others will now be able to apply for authorisation to produce and sell the vehicles.

Low volume manufacturing allows firms to produce a limited number of vehicles annually within a regulatory system that addresses the unique safety and financial issues associated with limited production.

DeLorean, founded by John DeLorean in 1975, shot to prominence when it was used as the model of car converted into a time machine by eccentric scientist Doc Brown, with the help of lead character Marty McFly.

Thanks to that film, the company considers itself "the automotive brand with likely the highest name recognition across all demographics", and has already been linked to making electric versions of the iconic vehicle back in 2012.

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Only around 9,000 of the Back to the Future model were produced the company filed for bankruptcy in 1982.

In 1995 the remaining parts of the inventory were acquired by Liverpool-born mechanic Stephen Wynne.

Film director Robert Zemeckis recommended a DeLorean because he felt it offered mobility, a unique design and also because the gull-wing doors would appear like an alien UFO to a 1950s family.

The Ford Motor Company offered the project $75,000 (£61,000) to use a Ford Mustang instead, to which producer Bob Gale responded: "Doc Brown doesn't drive a f***ing Mustang."

Three DeLoreans used were purchased from a collector—one for stunts, one for special effects, and one for normal shots

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