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Detroit Electric SP:01 electric sports car

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Detroit Electric SP:01

The Detroit Electric SP:01 electric sports car is claimed to be the world’s fastest pure-electric production two-seater sports car.

Pre-production prototypes are currently undergoing testing at Detroit Electric’s production facility in Leamington Spa, UK, ahead of the start of production in early 2015.

The SP:01 features a 285 HP / 210 kW electric motor, carbon fibre body panels and manual transmission as standard. An optional single-speed and twin-speed automatic transmission are also available. The SP:01 has 0 to 60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

Our more observant readers will notice that the SP:01 is somewhat reminiscent of a Lotus, or even perhaps a Tesla Roadster…

Another reminder of Tesla is the 8.4-inch touchscreen tablet, which replaces all analogue dials and switches on the fascia. Detroit Electric’s SAMI (Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment) application utilises an open-source Android operating system, which provides access to a wide range of functions, including music player, HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning), satellite navigation and vehicle systems status, such as battery charge, V2X (Vehicle-to-Grid and Vehicle-to-Home) and other vehicle telemetry.

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Detroit Electric was revived in 2008 by Albert Lam, former Group CEO of the Lotus Engineering Group and Executive Director of Lotus Cars of England, with a vision to produce an electric vehicle that seamlessly integrates refined aesthetics, innovative technology and superior handling and performance.

Detroit Electric began life in 1906 and soon established itself as the market leader and most prolific manufacturer of electric cars.

The company’s first production car, the SP:01 goes on sale in Asia, EMEA and North America, starting in early 2015. All the cars will be manufactured in a new, dedicated Detroit Electric production facility in Leamington Spa, England.

The company has its global headquarters on the 18th floor of the iconic Fisher Building, located in downtown Detroit, USA, which is the company’s financial headquarters and will be the centre for overseeing activities in North America.

Detroit Electric has also invested in a new EMEA headquarters, located in Houten, Netherlands, where the company has already recruited a new team to manage the brand’s Sales and Marketing activities including vehicle sales, customer service and marketing in the region.

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