Detroit Electric SP:01 e-sportscar testing in Europe
Summer of 2014 has seen electric vehicle manufacturers bring on good tidings, some more than others. Detroit Electric after being mum on development, today announced it is finalising dynamic testing of SP:01 pure-electric sportscar in Europe.
Prototypes have been assembled in Europe. The electric vehicle manufacturer aims to introduce SP:01 to several world markets. After initially being shown as a pre-production model at Shanghai Motor Show, and Detroit, USA, the rest of 2014 was met with dealys at every front, from production to announcements. Delayed but not dampened seems the current situation.
SP:01 is a lightweight, 2 seat, rear wheel drive (RWD) open top sportscar that promises performance and dynamics. Details of production and sales plans will be announced in the weeks to come, which could highlight plan revisions. Updates from last year point to a starting price tag of US $135,000 and production limited to 999 units.
Similar to Tesla Roadster, SP.01 is built on Lotus Elise. The modern day e-sportscar’s form is accentuated with an aluminum chassis with carbon fibre body. On the production front, Detroit Electric was unable to finalise a manufacturing facility arrangement in 2013 and initial building activity was shifted to Netherlands. Top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h) and its 0 to 60 mph (0 to 100 kph) run at 3.7 seconds was reported earlier. Total SP:01 weight was pegged at 2,354 lb (1,068 kg), with power from a 150 kW (201 bhp) electric motor to delivers 225 Nm of torque. A 37 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack delivers 180 miles/290 km. SP:01 in its latest avatar has encountered additional development work by Detroit Electric’s engineers and designers.