Detroit Electric launches SP:01 two-seat pure-electric sports car

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 8, 2013

The Detroit Electric SP:01 -- a limited-edition, two-seat pure-electric sports car – has been introduced. It establishes new benchmarks for handling and performance among electric vehicles. The SP:01 is the fastest pure-electric production car in the world, achieving a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h) and a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) acceleration time of 3.7 seconds.

Unveiled at the new headquarters of Detroit Electric in the Fisher Building in downtown Detroit, the new SP:01 was launched under the brand’s philosophy of ‘Pure Electric Excitement’.

It’s also quite exclusive with only 999 units to be produced at Detroit Electric’s new production plant in Wayne County, Michigan. These cars will be sold around the world via a network of specialist retail partners.

The outstanding performance of the SP:01 can be attributed mostly to its exceptional power-to-weight ratio.

The rear-wheel-drive SP:01 is powered by a compact, mid-mounted 201 bhp electric motor (which produces 166 lb ft of torque), a lightweight, purpose-designed battery pack and all-new carbon-fibre bodywork.

It has a total weight of only 2,354 lb, a major factor in the SP:01’s incredible driving dynamics and handling. To offer instant torque for impressive acceleration, the SP:01’s innovative powertrain forms an electromagnetic field around the rotor shaft, which then spins at different speeds to drive the wheels.

Drivers can choose one of four gear ratios to achieve the best possible acceleration. What makes it different from that of a manual shift in a conventional car is that there’s minimal need to revise gear regularly to make sure of rapid progress.

The battery has an amazing energy storage capacity of 37 kWh. The battery then gives the SP:01 a range of nearly 190 miles between recharges, when tested under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standard.

The home charging unit of Detroit Electric will permit drivers to fully charge their SP:01 in 4.3 hours. The battery technology was thoroughly tested by Detroit Electric to be used in the SP:01. It was also used successfully in other challenging applications such as in helicopters and submarines.

Topics: electric car

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