Just after news came out that the Detroit Electric SP:01 sports car has been delayed yet again -because the company did not finalise the lease or purchase an American production facility-, word has spread out that the company might ditch the whole idea of producing in the States for the time being.
Detroit Electric has confirmed that the first few units of the SP:01 will actually be produced in Holland , not in Southeast Michigan! So does that mean we could rename the company to Holland Electric? Well, jokes aside, not for now, as the automaker’s CEO confirmed shifting production in Europe is just a temporary measure.
The company stated they are working to secure a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard certification for the SP:01 in order to begin production and sales in the U.S. However, as of now, no date was given for the startup of U.S. operations.
Powering the Detroit Electric SP:01 are two 37-kWh lithium-polymer batteries and an AC electric motor. Together these provide 201hp (150kW) and 166lb-ft (225Nm) of torque. Detroit Electric claims that the SP:01 is the world’s quickest electric car and is capable of hitting 62mph in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.
The SP:01 features custom carbon fiber bodywork from Detroit Electric. The independent suspension system and anti-roll bar have been maintained from the standard Lotus Elise.
The Detroit Electric name has been brought back after seven decades by a group of ex-Lotus Engineering Group executives. The company said in March it hoped to sell 999 of its $135,000 SP:01 two-seat sports cars. As for now, not only the location has been changed, but the timeline as well. Previously announced to be produced starting in August, it has recently been stated that the electric car will come off the Dutch assembly plant only in the fourth quarter of this year.
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