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Production of Detroit Electric’s Electric Sports Car Reportedly Likely for Some Time

to the Detroit News . startup company Detroit Electric is back production of its SP:01 EV by one This doesn t seem a big deal—and at least the news t involve Detroit Electric belly-up, as has been the case with several other companies focused on EVs. The American CEO of Detroit Electric the Detroit News that will now begin this instead of August, and that the hopes its Michigan production will have an annual of 2500 units and employ up to 100

Unfortunately for Detroit Electric, it that might not be the case.

The News article mentions Detroit Electric is still for a production facility, which the automaker s production delay be longer than one month. tidbit was backed up by a message Albert Lam, overall CEO of Electric Holdings and sent to us by a spokesperson, which reads in Once the lease on the facility in is signed, we expect U.S. to commence between six to eight from that date. So that means even if the signed a lease today, the SP:01s won t roll off the line December—at the earliest.

Another potential hiccup—or mine, depending on how things out—revolves around certifying the for sale here in the U.S. the SP:01 was revealed earlier year, company representatives confidence that their Elise–based EV could piggyback on s low-volume automaker safety Trouble is, Lotus s low-volume exemptions expired two years forcing the Elise out of the U.S. The car lacked smart airbags and t quite meet federal requirements, and Lotus didn t the dough to fix either of those (Toyota also stopped the engine Lotus used to the Elise, an issue that t really affect the electric Sure enough, Albert Lam s regarding Detroit Electric s production start date the caveat: However, we can only production and sales activities we have completed the current to obtain the necessary certification and

Assuming Detroit Electric a production facility soon and re-ups Lotus s expired exemption or tweaks the airbags and computer itself, the SP:01 hit the road sometime early year. The company promises it will announce details its corporate strategy—including production, networks, and pricing—as soon as it the issues of where the car will be and whether it can even sell it in the Only time will when that will

Detroit Electric Reveals All-Electric SP:01 Sports Car in the City


An old name returned to City Wednesday evening, in on what we believe to be a re-purposed Elise chassis. Under the SP:01, the first vehicle by the newly re-christened Detroit Company was introduced to the automotive The Detroit manufacturer originally around 13,000 electric before its late-1930s demise, for the nameplate to be resurrected by former Engineering Group CEO Albert and a team of A-list auto-industry in 2008. (Get up to date Detroit Electric’s recent here ).

The latest vehicle to the tumultuous arena of all-electric the SP:01 will be limited to 999 exempting it from the homologation of mass-produced vehicles. It will, be homologated under the Small regulations in Europe, which are accepted by the Japanese and Hong authorities. In the U.S.

Detroit tells us the it will submit to safety standards, but with an for exceptions, which is common for manufacturers.

Secret Imposter

the most intriguing thing the SP:01 has nothing to do with its At first glance, the SP:01 to be little more than a Lotus Elise stuffed of batteries and an electric motor, but closer inspection it becomes that the carbon-fiber bodywork is tailor-made. Only the passenger and a few exterior cues (firewall, and frame, doors, and the distinctive “victory sign” mirror remain untouched. All of the bodywork is by motorsport and and engineering composite the URT Group. The SP:01 retains a the s three-section front fascia but refines the formula with mesh-filled outboard intakes Detroit Electric’s “tron” front and center.

Angles replace the curves the body without straying too far the Elise’s original design and the top employs a double-bubble roof of the new Corvette Stingray ’s. Gone is the bulging fastback, replaced by a vertical backlight.

As you might the interior is Elise-derived, the biggest being the presence of the Detroit so-called Smartphone Application Infotainment system (SAMI), provides access to such functions as regenerative-braking adjustment, status, battery charge, to recharge, and other vehicle as well as more-traditional features as interior lighting, music and navigation. SAMI also can act as a unit via GSM, enabling the to locate the vehicle, turning on the system, and to check the charge

Power to the People

Power for the two-seater comes from a asynchronous electric motor at 201 horsepower and torque of 166 lb-ft. The motor is located behind the while the battery pack is between the transmission and the cabin bulkhead, which is moved forward in comparison to the Elise. A battery pack is located on top of the motor. The engine bay features its own system, and the SP:01 is fitted a special thermal-management pack in-house by Detroit Electric.

Detroit Electric SP:01

 Top speed is a claimed 155 mph and the sprint will take of 3.7 which—again, according to the manufacturer—makes the the fastest pure-electric vehicle in production.

Unlike many vehicles, the SP:01 uses the left behind by its donor Essentially a four-speed manual—the fifth and sixth gears are off—drives the rear wheels. interested in exploring the SP:01’s can reinstate the fifth gear, or the Twinspeed automatic gearbox for an price.

Detroit Electric there is no need to use the clutch when setting off from or when coming to a halt, as the simply stops. First is good for around town, and will take you up to 60 mph; above that is the use of third and required.

Two lithium-polymer battery provide the SP:01 with a range of 180 miles. When to a 240-volt, 32-amp charger—that’s an lot of current, as most 240-volt in an average home run a maximum of 15 full charge is possible in four hours and 20 minutes. hooked up to a more common 13-amp circuit, eight should provide a full

The SP:01 also has a telemetry-link to the so that the health of the battery and electric powertrain can be monitored and anywhere in the world.

Detroit is confident in the platform, noting the wheelbase platform was originally to handle up to 400 horsepower. Fully front and rear double-wishbone features Eibach coil and Bilstein dampers, both of have been modified to the SP:01 s different weight Power steering is not required—purists the leather-rimmed steering wheel 2.8 turns lock-to-lock, resulting in a turning circle. Sixteen-inch wheels wrapped in 175/55 sit in the front; 17-inchers with rubber roll out back.

and cross-drilled discs measuring inches are arrested by AP calipers up and Brembo units out back.

a page from a 1950s of Popular Science magazine, the at Detroit Electric imbued the with the capability to share the stored in its battery pack an entire home. When with the brand’s patented 360 home-charging and power back-up the SP:01 s battery can be linked to the home electricity supply. smart unit also can any power failure of the grid and the option to the user—via the aforementioned instruct the vehicle to restore to the home using its stored

Pricing for the SP:01 is to begin at excluding destination, taxes, and on those goodies is unavailable as Detroit Electric says the will come with a 30,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty, an optional extension to five and 50,000 miles for the battery. Two high-performance models are scheduled to production by end of 2014.

Let s get the standard through the door first, we but we like what we see so far.

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