After successfully relaunching the Detroit Electric brand and releasing its first ever electric sports car, it’s been confirmed that production of the Detroit Electric SP:01 is being delayed by a month.
When Detroit Electric first launched the Detroit Electric SP:01 earlier this year it had hoped production would kick off at a North American production facility in August, but that’s now been pushed back to sometime in September. Despite this news, Detroit Electric remains confident that it’ll be capable of producing 2,500 cars annually with a workforce of over 100.
Detroit Electric is currently looking to reach an agreement for production to begin in Plymouth Township for all North American sales and the automaker then hopes to open a production facility in the Netherlands for the European market. Before Detroit Electric can achieve its goal of pumping out 2,500 cars annually, it first hopes to sell 999 Detroit Electric SP:01’s at $135,000 a piece before creating a second sports car and then less-expensive electric cars further in the future.
Based heavily off the current Lotus Elise, the Detroit Electric SP:01 features custom carbon fiber bodywork from Detroit Electric while the fully independent front and rear suspension system and front anti-roll bar have both been maintained from the standard Lotus Elise. Similarly, the Detroit Electric SP:01 uses the same mid-engined layout as the Lotus Elise except for the fact that the engine bay also supports a large battery back.
Powering the Detroit Electric SP:01 are two 37-kWh lithium-polymer batteries and an AC electric motor which combine to pump out 201hp and 166lb-ft of torque. Consequently, Detroit Electric claims that the SP:01 is the world’s quickest electric car with it capable of hitting 62mph in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.
[Via Detroit News]