Despite significant hurdles and a move from Detroit to Holland late last year, it looks like the Detroit Electric company is finally set to begin production of its SP:01 electric sports car. Before we go any further, however, I’d like to point out that we fully realize that it was April Fools’ Day this week.
That said, it looks like this news is really real. Reports indicate that the (now Holland-based) company is on schedule to have the Lotus Elise-based sportster reaching customers by the end of this year — along with a “concept” all-electric sedan that’s expected to debut at some upcoming auto show.
Like the Tesla Roadster that preceded it, the Detroit Electric SP:01 is based heavily off the current Lotus Elise. In SP:01 guise, the car features (actually good-looking) carbon fiber bodywork from Detroit Electric, while the fully independent front and rear suspension system (minus the shocks and springs, which are tuned for the heavier EV) and front anti-roll bar are both carryovers. Two 37-kWh lithium-polymer batteries and an AC electric motor which combine to pump out 201hp and 166lb-ft of torque — good enough to catapult the SP:01 from 0-60 MPH in under 4 seconds.
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