Detroit Electric Cars Get Teased as Production Nears

The message that you should get from the video, above, is clear: Despite the fact that the cars are built on an increasingly aging Lotus Elise platform with roots in the 1990s, the fact that they’re being built in Holland, and the fact that their primary market seems to be Korea, the Detroit Electric Car company really actually kind-a sort-a looks like it’s gonna happen.

No one, I assure you, is more surprised than I am.

With production of the all-electric Detroit SP:01 roadster still set to being next month and deliveries of the lightweight EVs set to begin early next year, Detroit Electric Cars is still fighting the “vaporware” stink that an early, failed start left on the company. So much so, in fact, that there are still doubts that company will be able to build the 2500 SP:01s that it hired 100 people to start work on already- maybe even among the 100 employees!

The Detroit SP:01 teased in the video has a few small styling differences compared to the prototype EV shown over the last few years, but seems true to the spirit of the car shown in Shanghai. In addition, the latest specs for the SP:01 appear to have been upgraded from 201 hp and 225 Nm to 278 hp and 280 Nmm according to Paul Tan, who also reports that the company claims its 1,125 kg SP:01 will run from 0-100 km/h mark in a mere 3.9 seconds.


Detroit Electric Cars SP:01 | Original Concept Car







Source | Images: Detroit Electric Cars, via Paul Tan.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.