Back to the Future of Recycling with a DeLorean


Doc, you built a time machine…out of a DeLorean? 

Well, not exactly. But some creative and enterprising people in Japan have come up with what could be next best thing. True, it may not be as good as a time machine made from a DeLorean, but it’s certainly got to be the coolest way to get people interested in recycling.


Image by Terabass on Wikipedia, licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Michihiko Iwamoto, when he’s not piloting a stainless steel dream machine is no slacker. He helms a  Tokyo company called Jeplan, that focuses on innovative recycling technologies. It’s through this firm that his DeLorean DMC-12, a carbon-copy of the one from the mega-popular movie Back to the Future, has come into being. This transforms a lifelong dream into a reality, not just for Mr. Iwamoto, but for legions of fans around the world who long to see a working model of one of the most famous cars in movie history. Now that’s the power of love.

Photo credit Asahi Shinbun.

Iwamoto and his company Jeplan have gotten the attention of NBC Universal Entertainment Japan and intend to mobile-market the eye catching idea for all its worth, driving their gull-wing ride right up to the film-famous date of October 21st of this year, which as fans of Back to the Future already know, is the date where the film’s heroes take off to a place where they “don’t need… roads”.

So, can this DeLorean hit 88 miles per hour just like the one in the movie?

Fortunately for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, no, it can’t. By latest accounts the bioethanol-powered vehicle can hit a whopping 30 km/hour and motor along for 40 minutes on a single charge, not including time to throw in an old T-shirt or pair of sneakers (Only kidding about the T shirt and sneakers). But on the plus side, it doesn’t need to be driven flat-out in a thunderstorm with a sky full of lightning bolts either.

By processing the cotton fibers from discarded clothing collected from all over Japan, Jeplan and NBC Universal Japan hope to fuel a nationwide frenzy over the exciting project. So far, there doesn’t seem to be anything that can get in the way of the October 21st arrival date in Tokyo.

That is, unless Biff gets wind of the idea.

Rob Reilly

Rob Reilly

Star of Stage, Screen and Radioactivity! Rob Reilly (aka Rye Dano) works as an actor, writer, director, student, teacher, anthropologist and Gentleman-Scoundrel based in Tokyo, Japan - All of which he loves doing with as little effort as possible. Movie host at The Cinemated Man ( and currently a contributor for Dark Matter News on the one and only Art Bell's Midnight in the Desert.

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