Detroit Electric Delays Launch Over Factory Deal

005-detroit-electric-sp01-delayedThough the Tesla Roadster is no longer in production, Detroit Electric hoped to fill the Lotus-shaped void left by Elon Musk’s electric automaker. While the company’s executives seem supremely confident, the reborn Detroit Electric is already running into snags, failing to sign a deal with the owners of a proposed factory location.

This means that production of the rebadged Lotus Exige (a coupe version of the droptop Lotus Elise) has also been pushed back, and executives have given reporters no timetable. There is also no mention of Detroit Electric’s partnership with Chinese automaker Geely, or their plans to launch a sedan and hatchback next year as well, making the whole thing seem shaky before production even begins. Talk about getting a company started on the wrong foot.

Despite claims of 0 to 60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph, the Detroit Electric SP:01 looks to be at least a year or more away. With a price tag of $135,000, Detroit Electric certainly seems like it wants to compete at the top end of the electric car market, but by the time they get the ball rolling next Tesla Roadster, which could be named the Model R, might be on market.

Time will tell if Detroit Electric can follow Tesla’s path, or remains stuck in Elon’s shadow.

Source: The Detroit News

Christopher DeMorro

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