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Detroit Electric SP:01 up where the Tesla Roadster off

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We won’t fault you if the Detroit Electric has fallen off radar. After all, the is best known for producing 13,000 electric vehicles in the 1900s, not to mention a revival the Zap brand that, well, away. But the company is back in and today showed off its first that is set to go on sale later year, the sweet little that you see above.

By the end of 2014, Electric will produce a of all-electric cars.

The SP:01 bespoke bodywork constructed for Electric, made entirely out of fiber, and is supplied to the company as a chassis. The 90.6-inch wheelbase, independent front and rear and front anti-roll bar are all retained, the Lotus’ Eibach coil and Bilstein damper rates been modified to match the unique weight distribution. The car uses a mid-rear configuration and battery pack in the middle, sent to the rear wheels and with a removable body-colored

That electric powerplant is through a transparent hatch into the rear bodywork, and will be able to choose three different alloy designs, as well as seven colors including the Electric you see here.

It will be able to 62 miles per hour in just 3.7 and will carry on to a top speed of 155

Inside, the SP:01 has an integrated in the center console that all of the car’s auxiliary functions, and the cockpit is finished in swaths of and carbon fiber trim. smartphone system, named (Smartphone Application Managed includes amenities like and a music player, while the driver to adjust the regenerative and interior lighting, as well as key status points for the vehicle’s (level of charge, range, And yes, it makes phone

But the heart and soul of the SP:01 is behind those seats an propulsion system that Electric says will its vehicle the fastest-ever production car, stating that it be able to reach 62 miles per in just 3.7 seconds and will on to a top speed of 155 mph. (For the that’s nearly the same as the Roadster Sport. which 3.7 seconds to hit 60 mph.)

Two 37-kWh batteries power an air-cooled, AC electric motor that Electric says is made in the US, and power output is equal to 201 and 166 pound-feet of torque. The company that the SP:01 will a driving range of 180 miles on the New Driving Cycle, and while calculations haven’t been this will likely to around 150 miles on a US cycle.

The motor drives the rear via a four-speed manual transmission right, it’s an EV with a

But unlike other EVs that use a transmission, the SP:01’s motor the rear wheels via a four-speed transmission that’s right, an EV with a stick. But here’s things get tricky: Detroit says that an optional gear in the manual transmission is as is a two-speed automatic gearbox. to the manufacturer’s press release, is no need to use the clutch pedal starting from a standstill, and you need to push the clutch in coming to a stop, either the just, well, stops.

The also says that gear is good for speeds of up to 30 mph, second gear bring you up to about 60 mph, and above that would you to use third or fourth (or fifth).

All in, the tips the scales at a scant pounds. Power steering is not (the company says it needed), but the car does come standard AP front and Brembo brakes (as well as ABS), and the package rolls on 175/55R16 up front and 225/45R17 rubbers out Regenerative braking is, of course, on but Detroit Electric says in standard mode, the sensation of off the accelerator should be equivalent to of a normal gasoline-powered car.

This can be turned up, however.

As for times, Detroit Electric that used in conjunction any charge point delivering 240 and 32 amps, the SP:01 will a full state of charge in 4.3 Reduce that to a 13-amp and that time climbs to a eight hours.

Detroit also says that the has a bi-directional charge and discharge turning the car into a sort of energy unit, allowing the to use the vehicle to power an entire This is all done through called a 360 Powerback, which connected to the home charging can provide the owner the option to the car restore power to the home if a failure in the grid, all of which is via SAMI. Weird stuff, but neat if your power out.

Pricing for the SP:01 at a hefty $135,000.

It sort of without saying that be watching this one very and we’re already working out a to drive one of these things. for the SP:01 starts at a hefty and specific costs for the optional (fifth gear activation, transmission, carbon fiber different colored interior have not been released at time.

Have a look for the full details in the Detroit press release.

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— edition SP:01 two-seat sports car is unveiled in Detroit

Fastest pure-electric production car on the top speed is 155 mph and 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) in 3.7 seconds

— Striking, lightweight and carbon-fibre body

— motor generates 201 bhp (150 kW) and 166 lb ft of

— Range from a charge will exceed 180

— Each SP:01 come with a three-year, mile warranty

— pure electric sports car to be in the Motor City

— to start in August 2013

motoring has a new high-performance champion the unveiling today of the Detroit SP:01, a limited-edition, two-seat sports car that sets new for performance and handling in the electric (EV) segment. Boasting an 155 mph (249 km/h) top speed and the 0-62mph (0-100km/h) sprint in a 3.7 seconds, the SP:01 is the world‟s pure-electric production car.

The new was launched under the brand‟s of „Pure Electric Excitement‟ and was at Detroit Electric‟s new headquarters in the Building in downtown Detroit. 999 examples will be built at Electric‟s new production facility in County, Michigan, with sold worldwide through a of specialist retail partners.

The exceptional performance is owed in part to its excellent power-to- ratio. The rear-wheel-drive SP:01 a compact, mid-mounted 201 bhp electric (delivering 166 lb ft of torque), a lightweight, battery pack and all-new bodywork. Total weight is 2,354 lb, contributing to the SP:01‟s driving dynamics and class-leading

The vehicle is based on a strong yet aluminium platform, and is being following a five-year development and programme. As well as the all-new bodywork, similar to that in Formula 1 vehicle chassis, the also features specialised suspension, steering and brake to provide class-leading ride and characteristics.

To deliver instantaneous for breath-taking acceleration, the SP:01‟s powertrain creates an electromagnetic around the rotor shaft, then spins at varying to drive the wheels. Drivers can one of four gear ratios for acceleration, but unlike a manual in a conventional car, there is need to change gear to ensure brisk progress.

With an impressive energy capacity of 37 kWh, the battery the SP:01 a range of almost 190 between recharges, when to the New European Driving Cycle standard. Detroit Electric‟s charging unit will drivers to charge their with full charge in 4.3 hours. Rigorously tested by Electric for use in the SP:01, the battery also has been deployed in other highly demanding notably in helicopters and submarines.

The will be exclusive, luxurious and advanced, said Albert Detroit Electric‟s Chairman and CEO. It is a milestone in the history of the Electric brand, but also a development for the international EV sector. The car allow us to demonstrate to the world our to build an exciting and innovative one that displays outstanding coupled with strong credentials, and which delivers an driving experience.

Detroit Electric SP:01


The SP:01‟s bespoke bodywork is entirely of carbon fibre. by Detroit Electric‟s Head of Jerry Chung, the SP:01‟s lines and muscular stance the car a bold, imposing design also optimising aerodynamic

The one-piece front panel a sharply contoured bonnet and front fenders with air-intakes to emphasise the car‟s and prowess. The compact rear cluster is reminiscent of high-performance sports cars of the past, the integrated side cooling enhance the car‟s distinctive To accentuate the SP:01‟s pure credentials, a transparent inspection displays the vehicle‟s impressive technology.

The interior of the vehicle at the essence of the Detroit Electric by combining luxurious refinement advanced technology highlighted the use of carbon- fibre and specially leather finishes.

Unique infotainment system

The cabin of the is packed with innovation, the first to use smartphone applications to the complete in-car infotainment Named „SAMI‟ (Smartphone Managed Infotainment system), provides access to a wide of functions, including music satellite navigation, interior adjust and vehicle systems such as the level of battery range to recharge and other telemetry. It can, of course, be used to make mobile calls.

The inspiration does not just here. SAMI can also act as a control unit (via enabling the user to locate the turn on the climate control and check the charge status.

than just a sports car

Our engineers at Detroit Electric taken steps to break the adds Mr Lam. SP:01 is than just a sports it is a mobile energy unit, the user to use its stored battery to power not just the car but even an home. SP:01 is equipped bi-directional charge and discharge allowing it to release its stored energy to power a home.

The bi-directional charge and discharge is made possible through the Detroit Electric home and power back-up unit, „360 Powerback‟. It is a smart and power back-up unit enables the SP:01‟s battery to be at the rate of 8 kWh (240V@32A). This unit can also detect any failure of the grid and provide the to the user via SAMI and the GSM network to the vehicle to restore power to the using its stored energy.

360 is the next level of innovation and our determination to provide additional proposition through our EVs, elevating us from others in the added Mr Lam.


An all-disc braking system, with ABS (anti-lock braking) and ESP Stability Control) is fitted as ensuring excellent stopping But it is the SP:01‟s Regenerative Braking that sets the car apart, superb stopping performance ensuring greater energy The car‟s energy recovery uses the motor as a generator, kinetic energy when is interrupted and using it to recharge the battery packs, while the retardation characteristics of a gasoline

Production and pedigree

The SP:01 car is the first production vehicle to be under the Detroit Electric since 1939. On sale in of Detroit Electric‟s target by end of August, the SP:01 will a new family of all-electric production including two other high-performance that will enter by the end of 2014.

The price of SP:01 at $135,000 USD, and will according to specification and local

Each SP:01 will with a three-year, 30,000-mile with an optional extension for the to five years and 50,000

The SP:01 will be produced at the new Electric production site in Country, Michigan. The dedicated will have an annual of 2,500 vehicles and create 180 manufacturing and sales-related jobs the next year.

The original car innovators, Detroit Electric life in 1906 and established as the market leader and most manufacturer of electric cars. Electric went on to make 13,000 vehicles by 1939 and the electric vehicle production record for the twentieth century.

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