The resurrection of Detroit Electric came as quite a surprise when it announced its intentions to reenter the market in March. What came as even more of a surprise was the quickness in which it announced its first car – the 2014 SP:01 – and the fact that it had planned to release its first model in August 2013. The latter was a little ambitious, per a report, as it appears that the release has been delayed for about a month.
According to The Detroit News, Detroit Electric has been holed up in an already-occupied facility in Plymouth Township and has been working on finalizing a deal for a Wayne County manufacturing facility. However, some Is and Ts remain undotted and uncrossed in the contract, which will push production to sometime in September instead of the originally announced August start date.
According to the report, Detroit Electric expects the new facility to be capable of putting out 2,500 units per year, but it only plans to sell 999 SP:01 units in total. So, this potential facility should be home to at least one other future model.
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gallery: Detroit Electric SP:01
In April 2013, Detroit Electric officially unveiled the SP:01 to the world. This electric sports car is based on the Lotus Exige with one huge difference: a 201-horsepower electric powertrain in place of the typical V-6. This electric powertrain combines with a four-speed manual transmission – that’s right, no direct-drive garbage here – to give it a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds. You can also opt for a two-speed automatic, if you don’t feel up to rowing your own gears.
On top of the peppy naught to 60 mph time, the SP:01 also hits a top speed of 155 mph and can recharge in only 4.3 hours on 240 volts at 32 amps. With only four hours on the plug, the SP:01 can cover 190 miles, making it perfect for a commuter too. The only downside we see is its $135k price tag…