Finally, Detroit Electric Unveils New SP:01 Production Specs

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The historic Detroit Electric has released final specs for its new SP:01 electric sports car last week.

Based off the Lotus Elise, the SP:01 will be capable of reaching 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0 to 100 kmh in 3.9 seconds) and will hit a top speed of155 mph (249 kmh).

While 30 miles faster than the comparable Tesla Roadster, the SP:01 will have a considerably shorter battery life, running out of a juice at at “mere” 180 miles, about 65 miles less than the Roaster.

Detroit Electric, which built 13, 000 electric vehicles from 1907 to 1939, was revived in 2008 by former Lotus CEO Albert Lam to address the growing market for high performance, all-electric sports cars.

The company, though, has faced a rough road to recovery. Since unveiling the SP:01 in 2013, production was delayed after failing to secure a suitable manufacturing facility and a corporate relocation from Michigan to the Netherlands.

The SP:01 is slated for release in late 2015 or early 2016 and should cost around $135, 000.

Head over to The Auto Future for a full breakdown of the SP:01’s specs, and a deeper comparison with the Tesla Roadster.

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