Detroit Electric Headed to Holland, Production Beginning This Year
Detroit Electric made a ripple last year in the EV kiddie pool when it announced an electric roadster. Its roadster – which looked an awful lot like the Tesla Roadster — was based on a Lotus, came with an electric motor and even had a manual transmission. All the pieces seemed well in place. But as we found out recently in a report from The Detroit Bureau, the all-American Detroit Electric actually won’t be producing its EV in the Motor City anytime soon. Actually, they aren't even building their SP:01 roadster in America. Nope– try Holland. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Detroit Electric SP:01
Needing a massive cash flow to begin production in a Detroit facility, Detroit Electric has taken its venture overseas to cut production costs. This will bring the SP:01 to the streets sometime later in the year.
The good news is, Holland Detroit Electric isn’t planning on staying overseas for long. Betting on its EV roadster to be a success, the brand hopes to move production back to Detroit for its second vehicle (likely a hatchback or SUV) within the next few years.
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Let’s just hope this team has enough power to shock the auto world. I’ll be here all week. Tip your waitress.