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.