[CEATEC 2013] It is not every day that you see a DeLorean DMC-12, but on the CEATEC showfloor this year, this is exactly what we saw. This particular ride will not be able to help you perform some time travel shenanigans, and neither is it going to accelerate to 88 miles per hour (141.6 km/h) in order to activate the flux capacitor simply because there is none to begin with. In the original Back to the Future trilogy, it was mentioned that time travel required that exact speed, in addition to an enormous amount of power. Just how much? Well, the three films had consistently mentioned “one point twenty-one jiggawatts”, which actually matches the standard prefix and the term for power of “one billion watts”:, that is, a gigawatt. That is never going to happen with the DeLorean on the showfloor, as it showcases a li-ion battery that offers 150V of performance.
Whilst time travel is still out of reach, at least it shows that one is able to retrofit an existing ride with a battery to turn it into an electric vehicle. Of course, it remains to be seen just how much money such a conversion will cost to transform a gasoline-powered ride into a fully electric one, but hopefully it will be affordable enough so that even those living in poorer countries are able to make the switch for a greener future.
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