Detroit Electric is a series of electric vehicles produced by Anderson Electric Car Company based in Detroit, Michigan. The electric carmaker sold around 13,000 units of Detroit Electric cars between the year 1907 and 1939. After almost seven decades, the manufacturer is planning its revival with the new Detroit Electric SP:01 electric sports car. Electric vehicles are gaining momentum currently and the electric sports car from the Detroit based manufacturer will be the first product after its revival in the industry. The electric vehicle maker is also preparing two new practical vehicles scheduled to be launched next year to enhance the product portfolio of the company.
The American manufacturer is currently setting up a production plant for its electric vehicles in Detroit, where the targeted yearly production capacity is set up to 2500 vehicles, creating 180 new jobs. Only 999 examples of the Detroit Electric SP:01 will be made. The SP:01 is basically a Tesla Roadster powered by an electric motor, which the company claims, is the fastest pure-electric production car in the market. The SP:01 is powered by an air-cooled, asynchronous AC motor featuring dual 37-kWh lithium-polymer batteries good for 201 HP of maximum power and 224 Nm of peak torque and the electric super car weighs just 1089 kgs.
The carbon-fibre body shell is borrowed from the Lotus Exige for weight cutting. The electric motor comes mated to a clutch-less 4-speed manual gearbox and an option of a 2-speed automatic transmission. The manufacturer claims a top speed of 249 km/hr with the SP:01, which is capable of doing the 0-100 km/hr sprint in just 3.7 seconds, that means this electric vehicle is faster than many non-electric supercars. The SP:01 takes 4.3 hours to fully charge and has a driving range of around 290 kms on full charge, which is impressive for a performance oriented electric vehicle. The Detroit Electric SP:01 will hit the production lines in August this year with a starting price of $1,35,000 (Rs. 74 lakhs).