First Detroit Electric SP:01 electric sports car rolls off assembly line

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 2, 2015

The very first Detroit Electric SP:01 electric sports car has rolled off the company’s Leamington Spa manufacturing site in the United Kingdom, marking a new milestone for the electric vehicle maker.

Running on pure electric, the SP:01 two-seater is bound for delivery to Detroit Electric’s first customer. Considered as the lightest and fastest two-seat pure-electric sports car in the world, the SP:01 features a carbon fiber body with an aluminum chassis.

It is powered by a 285hp (210kW) electric motor paired to automatic transmission. With an impressive power-to-weight ratio, the SP:01 could accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds (0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds) and reach a top speed of 155mph (249km/h).

Customers could also opt for the twin-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions. Its battery, meanwhile, is currently considered as the most energy-dense automotive battery pack in the world with power-to-weight density of over 140Wh/kg, which should allow for greater range as well as lower vehicle weight.

This battery is integrated into the SP:01’s chassis as a stressed member, thereby adding stiffness for improved safety and better handling. The SP:01 features a built-in bi-directional charge and discharge capability, which was made feasible by the EV maker’s “360-Powerback” home charging and power back-up unit.

This means that the SP:01, as well as other Detroit Electric EVs, could become an alternative source of power. On the other hand, the SP:01 comes with an advanced Battery Management System (BMS) that collects data regarding the battery’s health, which will be then sent to the factory by the car’s on-board telematics.

Furthermore, the SP:01 comes features an Android-based and Android Auto-compatible system called ‘SAMI’ (Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment) that allows users to locate for nearby roadside charge points while pre-booking charging time. SAMI also allows users to review billing and credit information regarding their charge-point use.

Customers could likewise use the SAMI as a remote control unit via GSM, which allows them to perform certain actions like locating the SP:01, turning on the climate control system and checking the charge status.

Moreover, when a SAMI-enabled smartphone is installed in the vehicle’s center console, it could become the interface for certain functions like music player, interior lighting and vehicle systems status as well as satellite navigation and regenerative braking adjustment.

Detroit Electric will be selling the SP:01 through distributors in Europe and Asia, including in Iceland, Norway, Azerbaijan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong and South Africa. Detroit Electric plans to add more networks in other countries in the short term.

Albert Lam, Chairman and Group CEO of Detroit Electric, remarked that the company is thrilled with the roll-off of its first production car. He commented that Detroit Electric worked hard to develop technologies that make the SP:01 as one of the most rewarding pure electric sports cars to drive.

He added that it was hugely satisfying to have their vision come true, saying that the company can now set its eyes on fulfilling its orders. Detroit Electric will start selling the SP:01 in Asia and Europe in the next few weeks.

Press Release

FIRST DETROIT ELECTRIC SP:01 ROLLS OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE

The first production Detroit Electric SP:01, the lightest and fastest two-seat pure-electric sports car in the world, has rolled off the line at the company’s Leamington Spa manufacturing facility. The new SP:01 is destined for one of Detroit Electric’s export markets to be delivered to the EV company’s first customer.

The lightweight SP:01, which goes on sale in Asia and Europe over the coming weeks, combines a carbon fibre body with an aluminium chassis. It has a class-leading power to weight ratio and promises blistering acceleration, reaching 60mph from standstill in just 3.7 seconds* (0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds) and sprinting to an impressive top speed of 155mph (249km/h). Featuring a 285HP / 210kW electric motor, the car is fitted with a single-speed automatic transmission as standard, with the option of twin-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions.

Albert Lam, Chairman and Group CEO of Detroit Electric commented: “We are thrilled to see our first production car roll off the line at our UK manufacturing site. Our first customer is sure to appreciate the unique experience of driving the SP:01 as we’ve worked hard to develop technologies that ensure it is one of the most rewarding pure electric sports cars to drive.

“Seeing our vision realised is hugely satisfying and we can now focus on fulfilling a growing bank of orders. As our production process builds momentum, we look forward to providing this unique electric sports car to our customers all over the world,” he added.

The battery in the SP:01 has been integrated into the chassis as a stressed member, adding stiffness to enhance handling and safety. The battery is the most energy-dense automotive battery pack in the world, offering over 140Wh/kg, benefitting range while keeping overall vehicle weight low.

Every Detroit Electric comes with built-in bi-directional charge and discharge capability. Made possible through the patented Detroit Electric home charging and power back-up unit – named ‘360-Powerback’ – the unit turns the vehicle into a power source for both the grid and the home. An advanced Battery Management System (BMS) gathers data about the car’s battery health and on-board telematics communicate it directly to the factory.

The SP:01 comes equipped with an app-based system called ‘SAMI’ (Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment), which utilises Android technology and is fully compatible with Android Auto, providing safe access to a host of apps and internet functionality. SAMI allows users to search for nearby roadside charge points and then pre-book charging time, as well as review billing and credit information relating to their charge-point use.

When away from the SP:01, owners can use SAMI as a remote control unit via GSM, enabling them to locate the vehicle, turn on the climate control system and check the charge status. When in the car, the SAMI-enabled smartphone is installed in the centre console and becomes the interface for a wide range of functions, including music player, satellite navigation, regenerative braking adjustment, interior lighting and vehicle systems status – such as the level of battery charge, range to recharge and other telemetry.

Detroit Electric has established distributors throughout Europe and Asia extending from the North (Iceland and Norway) and the East (Azerbaijan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong) to the South (South Africa), with additional countries due to join the growing global network over the coming months.

Retail prices for the SP:01 in Europe and Asia will be announced shortly.

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