Following an announcement made last month, Detroit Electric has launched the SP:01 two-seater electric sports car.

Following an announcement made last month, Detroit Electric has launched the SP:01 two-seater electric sports car.

Based on the Lotus Exige chassis the SP:01 will enter production in August and will be limited to 999 units, each priced at 135,000 USD. For this money you will be getting a mid-mounted electric motor generating 201 bhp (150 kW) and 166 lb-ft (225 Nm) of torque, working together with a lightweight battery pack. Although not exactly the same (with the exception of the windshield, doors, and mirror stalks) styling is strongly influenced from the Lotus Exige as it receives custom made carbon fiber exterior body panels.

Detroit Electric says the SP:01 is "the world's fastest pure-electric production car" as it needs 3.7 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) and can achieve a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h).

It tips the scales at 2,354 lbs (1,067 kg) and comes as standard with a 4-speed manual transmission while a two-speed automatic gearbox is available at an additional cost. Its 37 kWh battery is enough to provide a maximum range of almost 190 miles (306 km) and takes 4.3 hours for a full charge from the proprietary home charging unit.

As standard it has AP front and Brembo rear disc brakes, ABS, regenerative braking and rides on 175/55 R16 front and 225/45 R17 rear tires. It also benefits from a bi-directional charge/discharge system which can turn the SP:01 into a mobile energy unit as the owner can use the car to power his home. This is possible via a system called 360 Powerback which can power your home if there are any problems in the grid.

The Detroit Electric SP:01 will be manufactured at the company's new plant in Wayne Country, Michigan. All cars will have a standard three-year, 30,000-mile warranty, with the possibility of extending the battery's warranty to five years and 50,000 miles.

Full details are available in the attached press release.

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