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Detroit Electric SP:01 Continues Development

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/20/2014 Christian Seabaugh

Detroit Electric doesn't want you to forget that it's making a comeback after a 75-year hiatus. The storied electric car maker, which initially revealed its Lotus Elise-based SP:01 back in April of last year with plans on putting the car into production by August of 2013, says it's currently finalizing development of its car, with the next step being production.

Detroit Electric hopes to follow the Tesla model as it seeks to get its business off the ground. The very first Tesla was the Lotus Elise-based Tesla Roadster. The Detroit Electric SP:01, in this case, is basically the Tesla Roadster Redux. Currently undergoing dynamic testing in Europe, Detroit Electric claims the SP:01 will be the "world's fastest production electric vehicle" when it finally goes on sale at a still-to-be-determined date.

Detroit Electric SP01 front© Provided by MotorTrend Detroit Electric SP01 front Though Detroit Electric may have revised the SP:01's power output since last April, the Michigan-based startup initially promised the SP:01 would be powered by an electric motor putting down 201 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. A 37-kWh battery pack backs up the mid-mounted motor, giving the SP:01 a 190-mile range. Detroit Electric claims the SP:01 will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 155 mph.

The fastest Tesla Model S we've tested accelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while the fastest Tesla Roadster we tested accelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The Tesla Roadster was limited to 125 mph, while the Model S is limited to 135 mph, making the Detroit Electric SP:01 faster, but not quicker.

Detroit Electric says it will introduce its $130,000 SP:01 in several world markets, with production and sales plans to be announced in the coming weeks.

Source: Detroit Electric

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