Detroit Electric launches SP:01

Detroit Electric is back in the automotive industry after an extremely long amount of time and their first model is the SP:01 which is based on a chassis borrowed from the Lotus Exige. Scheduled to enter production phase in August, only 999 units will be made and each will cost $135,000.

Power comes from a mid-mounted electric motor producing 201 bhp (150 kW) and an instant torque of 225 Nm (166 lb-ft). It works in combination with a 37 kWh lightweight battery pack and can provide a maximum range of 190 miles (306 km). When using the proprietary charger, the batteries can be filled in only 4.3 hours.

The Detroit Electric SP:01 is capable of performing the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in a mere 3.7 seconds en route to a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). The vehicle weighs 1,067 kg (2,354 lbs) and is fitted as standard with a four-speed manual gearbox, but a two-speed automatic transmission is available for more money.

Stopping power comes from AP front and Brembo rear disc brakes and an ABS system. It benefits from regenerative braking and has been equipped with 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels. There’s also a bi-directional charging/discharging system which allows the owner of the car to power his own house from the car’s batteries.

Source: Detroit Electric

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