The SP:01 is Detroit Electric's debut car following a 70-year-long absence in the automotive realm. It is based on a revised Lotus Exige chassis with a 201-horsepowerelectric motor mounted behind the front seats. Detroit Electric claims this micro sports car will hit 100 km.h in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. It is due to hit showrooms in August 2013 at a base MSRP of $135,000.
Upstart automakers are always a huge risk and it’s never wise to get too awful excited about one particular concept that you see from a new automaker, as the deck is stacked against it from day one. Enter in the newly revived Detroit Electric and its nearly stillborn, but really exciting Detroit Electric SP:01 .
Back in June, we let you know that the SP:01 was delayed one month, pushing its production date into September — a 1-month delay — because it couldn’t finalize the purchase agreement on a facility in Wayne County, Michigan. Well, apparently that fiasco is an ongoing one, as The Detroit News is reporting that the same issue is causing yet another delay in production of its $135k, Lotus -based sports car.
Newsflash: If you do not have a factory to build cars in, then you do not have a car. It’s as simple as that and Detroit Electric is finding this out the hard way. Additionally, according to the same reports, Detroit Electric is in "negotiations with other parties that have the potential to impact our business strategy and timing," which seems rather odd to be doing without a factory to work from, unless these may be negotiations with other facilities or a production deal with another manufacturer.
We certainly hope that this gets all sorted out and the that SP:01 is a massive success, which will ultimately expand the availability of lower-priced, sporty EVs. Stay tuned for more details.
Click past the jump to read a little about the Detroit Electric SP:01
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.
Click past the jump to read more about the Detroit Electric SP:01
Ever heard of the name Detroit Electric ? If you answer yes, chances are you’re a tried and true auto historian because Detroit Electric is a real automaker.
Except that it hasn’t been around since 1939.
But back then, it was considered a pioneer of sorts, producing electric cars way before they were en vogue. But for whatever circumstance, the brand went away and it wasn’t until last year when it made a return.
Now, the reborn Detroit Electric is prepared to make some new headlines, thanks to a new electric car that’s fixing to change the way we think of EVs.
The car is called the SP:01, a Lotus Exige -looking electric sports car that Detroit Electric is promoting as the world’s fastest production electric car.
Not one to mince hyperbole, the Detroit-based automaker is determined to bring new life to the brand and it’s got a car in the SP:01 that can help it achieve just that.
Find out more about the Detroit Electric SP:01 after the jump