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Lotus position: The Electric SP:01 wears its inspiration for all the world to see, styling all but indistinguishable from an

Back from the dead, Electric will soon the rapid SP:01 EV coupe

8 April 2013

RE-BORN car-maker Detroit Electric pick up where fellow US Tesla left off when it the SP:01 coupe in August.

The s first model in more 70 years will be a curvaceous based on the Lotus Exige and to take the reins as the world s electric road car.

The SP:01 will in many be the spiritual successor to the discontinued Roadster that also Lotus underpinnings.

Also the Tesla, production will be with 999 SPs to be produced for an array of markets.

Pricing will from $US135,000, but Australia to be off the radar at this stage.

In parallel to Tesla, the SP:01 be the just the first model by Detroit Electric, with the promising to have two other EV model lines in production in

Full SP:01 details announced last week, and for impressive reading. A zero to sprint time of 3.7 seconds the departed Tesla), a 249km/h top and a range between recharges in of 300km under controlled

Propulsion comes from a electric motor powered by a battery pack. The battery has bi-directional charge, allowing it to power back into the source, enabling it to function as a of backup household generator.

can select one of four gear for optimal acceleration most EVs are but unlike the manual shift in a car, the company says is little need to change regularly.

Thanks to the aluminium developed over five and carbon-fibre bodywork, weight has kept down to just

The company has fitted specialised suspension, steering and brake to provide claimed class-leading and handling.

The timing of Detroit s revival is interesting, considering the of play of fellow notable EV manufacturers Fisker and Tesla.

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week, embattled brand laid-off around three-quarters of its while Tesla is embroiled in that it encouraged customers to pay for cars that had not yet been so it could turn a profit for the time in its 10-year history.

Detroit Electric claims its new facility which will an annual capacity of 2500 will create over 180 jobs over the next months.

As reported, Detroit Electric was in 2008 by former Lotus CEO Albert Lam, who previously to set up partnerships with car-makers for the without success.

In 2008, automotive giant Youngman a joint venture with US EV ZAP to revive the Detroit Electric and set up shop in California, but the deal was after they were to raise the necessary funds.

in 2009, Detroit Electric up a deal with Malaysian Proton to produce two electric cars, but it never got beyond the stage and was shelved.

The company use the Shanghai motor show this month to announce a with a major global

It has been speculated that the iteration of Detroit Electric again partner with because the two companies have a and the link to British sportscar Lotus.

Dating back to the 1900s, Detroit Electric electric cars that twice the price of a Model T but by 1939 it had sold a record units.

The battery range for first electric vehicles was by today s standards, as a 1914 Electric car was capable of travelling up to 387 on a single charge but its top speed was 40km/h.

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