Detroit Electric SP:01 Even Closer to Production
“The world’s fastest electric production vehicle,” is a bold claim from a company that truly has nothing to show for it. Detroit Electric, an automaker reborn late in 2008, has nearly finished testing of its SP:01 electric sportscar. Like the Lotus Elise on which it’s based, the SP:01 is a two door, rear-drive sportscar. But like the Tesla Roadster with which many associate it, the car is fully electric using a 37-kilowatt lithium-ion battery that produces 200 horsepower. Initial plans called for the car being built in Detroit, but due to costs, it was moved to Holland. The timeframe also shifted from 2014 to early 2015, leaving more questions than answers surrounding the upstart. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Detroit Electric SP:01
Detroit Electric is reportedly nearing the completion of testing at its European facility. A few minor updates have reportedly been made since the car’s unveiling late 2013, but as we can vaguely see here, not much has changed as far as design goes. When it's all said and done, the automaker will give us a better idea of production and a plan of sale going into next year.
Don’t forget, the SP:01 (allegedly) reaches 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds using the aforementioned 200 horsepower electric battery pack. And laying claim to its fastest EV title, the SP:01 will reach a blistering top speed of 155 mph.
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