Detroit Electric’s SP:01 Sports Car Begins Production After Long Delay

Detroit Electric SP01

Detroit Electric grew from the Anderson Carriage Company, which had been in business since the 1880s making horse drawn vehicles, but in 1906 its boss, William C. Anderson, saw a future in electric vehicles and began shipping his first cars the following year, making 125 Detroit Electrics by the end of 1907.

Detroit Electric claimed a range of about 80 miles between charge up helped by a city-friendly top speed of about 25mph, and one of its cars achieved 211 miles.

Unfortunately, as gasoline powered cars grew cheaper, electric ones became yet more expensive. Between 1914 and 1917 prices for commodities like copper and lead – used in their batteries – doubled, thanks to increased weapons production in the First World War.

The very last ‘old school’ Detroit Electric was assembled in 1939, and in the decade before that few new cars had been built, although the company did refurbish older ones.

In 2008, the company was reborn thanks to former Lotus executive Albert Lam.  is back with an all-new, pure electric sportscar, a new production facility and a highly-experienced new team that will develop a range of high-performance pure EVs.

The brand’s first product, the lightweight, limited-edition SP:01 sportscar, will be the world’s fastest production electric vehicle when it goes on sale in European and Asian markets  and soon followed by the US introduction.  All the cars will be manufactured in a new, dedicated Detroit Electric production facility in Leamington Spa, UK.

The SP:01 is based on the chassis of a Lotus just like the original Tesla Roadster. Boasting an impressive 155mph, 250km/h* top speed and covering the 0-60mph sprint in a blistering 3.7 seconds* (0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds*).

The rear-wheel-drive SP:01 features a compact, mid-mounted 210kW electric motor, a lightweight, purpose-designed battery pack and carbon fibre bodywork fitted as standard. The SP:01 has an excellent power-to-weight ratio-contributing to its performance, driving dynamics and handling.

The SP:01 includes a Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment system – ‘SAMI’. SAMI provides access to everything from the music player and satellite navigation to vehicle systems statuses such as battery level and range to recharge. SAMI even acts as a remote control via GSM – enabling users to locate the vehicle and operate the climate control system.



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