The reborn British automotive brand Detroit Electric is producing its first proudction model, the electric sports car with two seats, called the SP:01. 

Detroit Electric is an iconic brand of electric cars, established in 1907 in the US by the company Anderson Electric Car Company, which was the leading electric car manufacturer until 1910. In 2008 it was brought back to life by the previous manager of Lotus Albert Lam, who set himself the task of developing an electric car that will combine refined aesthetics, innovative technology and excellent driving characteristics and capabilities.

The Detroit Electric SP:01 is just that, as its powerful version Performance reaches 100 km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds and can accelerate up to 250 km/h. Such power is supplied by the compact 210 kW mid-mounted electric motor that draws power from the 37 kWh batteries, fitted into the aluminum bodywork, has the highest ever energy density in cars – 140 Wh/kg. The same battery also powers the 150 kW electric motor of the less powerful version Pure, which reaches 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 170 km/h. With one battery charge it can reach 288 km in any case (NEDC cycle).

The company Detroit Electric also developed a two-way charging unit »360-Powerback« that not only charges the car battery, but can also be used to power your household. The »Battery Management System« also monitors the battery and sends data to the company in real-time, the info-entertainment system is also fully compatible with the Android operating system.

The SP:01 is supposed to be only the first of many cars by Detroit Electric, as they have announced there is more to come.

Nov. 2, 2015 Driving photo: Detroit Electric

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