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Detroit Electric sports car, Geely link detailed at Shanghai

Detroit Electric claims 155 mph top speed for its new plug-in battery sports car that made its China debut at the Shanghai auto show. (Photo: Detroit Electric via Newspress)

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Detroit Electric car company, having revived a dusty, discontinued marque, showed off its Lotus-based hot rod at Shanghai, claiming it will go 155 mph flat out, and zip from standstill to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mpg) in just 3.7 seconds.

The company also announced in Shanghai that it is partnering with Geely Automobile Group on an electric sedan for the Chinese market. The Geeley Emgrand EC7-EV is to go on sale in China next year, using what Detroit Electric describes as its twin-speed, high-torque gearbox.

Besides selling its own brands of vehicles, Geely owns Volvo.

Detroit Electric, seemingly out of the blue, announced itself in its Detroit headquarters in March, showed the car April 3 to VIPs and some journalists, and said the car will be in production and available in August.

Detroit Electric says it’s been developing and testing the car for five years.

The company was created in 2008 by Albert Lam, who had been CEO of the U.K.’s Lotus Engineering Group and was executive director of Lotus Cars of England.

In the U.S. the Detroit Electric car, called SP:01, is priced about $135,000. In China, it’s the equivalent of about $202,000 because of import tariffs and taxes.

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The Tesla Roadster, also an electric based on a Lotus, started at about $110,000. No more are being sold in the U.S. because Tesla’s temporary waiver that exempted the car from some U.S. safety regulations, has expired.

Tesla will instead sell the S, a four-door electric sedan, starting at about $70,000.Tesla’s website says the sports car is sold out in North America. It also sells the S, a four-door sedan, starting at about $70,000.

Detroit Electric says the SP:01can be ordered, and 35 people have said they’ll buy when production begins.

The factory in Wayne County, Mich. should be able to build 2,500 a year.

The original Detroit Electric car company built 13,000 battery-power cars from 1906 through 1939. Electrics, then as now, had limited battery range compared to gasoline-power vehicles.

Electrics began to lose popularity after Cadillac introduced the modern electric starter for gasoline engines on a 1912 model, eliminating the awkward and dangerous hand cranking procedure.

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