Detroit Electric, an American company that disappeared in 1939, introduced the production version of Detroit Electric SP:01, a 201 hp electric vehicle, which will accelerate from 0-62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds. Here is all the information you need about this new model! After Tesla Roadster and Chrysler Circuit EV concepts, this American company wants to revive Detroit Electric brand and their first model will be built on the current Lotus Exige S platform.
Creators claim that the new electric vehicle is the fastest electric series car….as my friend Jeremy Clarkson likes to say….IN THE WORLD! The two-seater electric sports car will come into production starting August 2013. Just 999 cars will be built for the price of $135.000 (€ 104.350). You’ll have it covered for 30,000 miles / 3 years and you can even choose an extended warranty that covers 5 years and 50,000 miles.
Detroit Electric SP:01 Photo Gallery
What makes Detroit Electric SP: 01 so special except its fancy name? The SP: 01 has an electric motor fitted in the center, with 150 kW (204 hp) and 225 Nm. The body is made of carbon fiber and stylistically borrows elements from the current Exige. It weighs 1,067 kg and the engine can be combined with either a 2-speed automatic transmission or a 4-speed manual.
Detroit Electric SP:01 Specs
The motor delivers 204 hp with 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). Detroit Electric SP:01’s autonomy is over 300 km and unlike the Tesla Roadster will be built in Detroit, has a transmission with four shifts, which will be chosen according to the desired performance. Batteries were inspired from aeronautics and have a capacity of 37 kWh, fully charged in 4.3 hours using simple household outlet and the range of the system was increased due to regenerative braking making the grand total of 190 miles (306 km). The brakes fitted on Detroit Electric SP:01 were AP, front and Brembo, rear.
Rims also vary with 16″ front and 17″ rear, tire size 175/55 and 225/45 respectively. It also has ABS, and comes equipped with an interactive system of charging / discharging that converts SP: 01 in a mobile unit of energy. In other words, the owner can use the car’s batteries as a generator to power his house.
Order lists will be opened in august this year but Detroit Electric SP: 01 is intended mainly for the U.S. market. By the end of the year, the plant will reach a capacity of 2,500 units a year and will have 180 employees.
The company says it will launch two new models by the end of next year. Choice of company name may not be so lucky for Albert Lam and Don Graundstadt (entrepreneurs) who revived the new company after the old company stopped production in 1939, electric vehicle technology products at the time being overtaken by cars with internal combustion engines, reflected in sales achieved in that time. Detroit Electric SP:01 looks interesting to say the least!