Detroit Electric announced that SP:01, an electric sport car designed based on Lotus Exige has entered production line in Learnington Spa, U.K recently. The company released the news on its Facebook page. Another example of electric sport car which designed based on a Lotus is none other than Tesla Roadster. Tesla Roadster was initially assembled in England; however, it ended up repatriating most of its assembly process in US.
SP:01 is running on a 37 kWh battery pack which is able to travel 179 miles (288 km) of NEDC rated range. The EPA-rated range is expected to be closer to 140 miles (225 km). The battery pack can also act as a home energy storage system as it has built-in bi-directional charge and discharge capability.
There are two versions of SP:01, Pure and Performance. Pure is based on single-speed whereas Performance is based on manual. The Performance version is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds with top speed of 155mph (250km/h). Both versions of infotainment systems are running on Android Auto which is not only able to run the OS on the cars but also allows access to the car’s system from the user’s mobile phone and the electronic key fob.
Detroit Electric is a different company than the other company with the same name which started electric vehicles back in 1907. The company has not announced the vehicle pricing and availability in U.S.