Detroit Electric to build SP:01 in the Netherlands in Q4

Article by Anita Panait, on September 1, 2013

Detroit Electric will commence build its first offering -- the all-electric SP:01 -- in the Netherlands in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a report by The Detroit News.  Detroit Electric announced in March that it planned to produce the Lotus-based sports car in Detroit. Back then, the carmaker announced that it was looking for a production location manned by around 100 workers in the Detroit region, with intentions to build 2,500 cars annually.

In April, Detroit Electric announced it would enter into a partnership with Chinese carmaker Geely for development of a fleet of electric vehicles that will be marketed in China. The next month, Detroit Electric announced that it was not able to find a suitable manufacturing location in Wayne County, where Detroit is located. That time, Detroit Electric moved the production schedule for the all-electric SP:01 from August to September.

The Detroit News was told by the carmaker that it was trying to secure federal motor vehicle safety standard certification to commence production in the United States. Chief executive Albert Lam said in a statement they are "Detroit Electric, not London Electric," adding that the carmaker's commitment to the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and the US "is as strong as it ever was."

He remarked that while they met some delays in their plan to start production in Detroit, "many vehicle programs experience some form of delay." The all-electric SP:01 is powered by an electric motor the provides 201 hp of output and 166 lbs-ft of torque. The vehicle's battery pack is rated at 37 kWh with a four-hour charge time on a 240-volt outlet. Detroit Electric will only build 999 units, to be sold at a starting price of $135,000. [source:]

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