Startup EV-maker Detroit Electric is having a little trouble getting out of the gate, according to a report in The Detroit News. The (obviously) Detroit-based automaker says production of its SP:01 sports car (pictured) will be delayed by at least a month, citing problems with securing a manufacturing facility.

When the SP:01 debuted in early April, Detroit Electric executives told members of the media that a facility in the metro Detroit area would be used to produce the SP:01. The Detroit News reports that the company is currently in talks with a partially occupied space in Plymouth Township and that it hopes to reach an agreement soon. Production is now scheduled to begin in September, with an annual production capacity of 2,500 units. The facility will also employ more than 100 new workers.

Detroit Electric is hoping to sell 999 of its SP:01 sports cars at $135,000 a pop. The company, which has largely been funded by private investors, also plans to launch sedan and hatchback models in the coming years, thanks to a partnership with China's Geely.


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      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      So basically they are selling the original Tesla Roadster but for more money, 5 years later.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is with the huge air scoops on the side? I understand having some faux accents to make something look like a conventional ICE car but that is a huge aerodynamic stupid for a car that doesn't need air.
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        batteries get hot. now go back to your room, adults are talking
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ELG
          No, those scoops are just left-overs from the ICE version. If you are batteries are getting THAT hot, you screwed up your design.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ELG
          Batteries should not get hot at all. I haven't measured more than 1 degree ambient rise on mine. You don't need hood scoops.
        calikev05
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        The side scoops are real, you can see in the close up picture. The other vents are covered, fakes. I believe the provide cooling for the ugly battery compartment.
      Farmboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok, so it uses the same Lotus body as the Roaster, and it isn't even as good looking, somehow. Just looks off. It also uses a name from a car almost nobody remembers, which itself was not an attractive car at the time. AND they are partnering with Geely to make a sedan and hatchback. Yeah, they aren't doing themselves any favors, are they?
        mojotrongt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Farmboy
        It's not the same body; it uses the same door and headlamps, so it shares a LOT of the "character" of the Elise, but the surfacing is unacceptably amateur (lumps bumps and wiggles everywhere) Especially considering this is a prototype vehicle, DE should've spent more time refining the surfacing.
      skierpage
      • 1 Year Ago
      How can this be based on the Exige if, as Car & Driver reported in "Lotus Elise and Exige Dead in U.S. This Summer, Leaving Only Evora Until Reinforcements Arrive", "Lotus’s waiver to build and sell the cars in the U.S. without smart airbags expires in August [2011]"? Maybe this is related to @PeterScott's report that they "will be delivered as Knock-Down Kits".
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      i have a feeling the delay will be much, much longer than "at least a month" ...
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      i think this will flop, doesnt beat the roadster
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks nice, but the Detroit Electric name brand sounds seriously tone-deaf. First of all- nobody alive remembers Detroit Electric. It is a dead brand with zero name recognition. Secondly, for good or ill, Detroit conjures up all the wrong images. True- it might project a gritty and plucky image among the working class, but not among the rich bi-coastal elites who are expected to blow $135k on this car. Thirdly the old style calligraphy in its logo is totally out of step with the high tech image which befits an EV startup. That ancient cursive script looks like it belongs to a company making Model T replicas. The more I think about it, the more I think this is largely a chinese attempt orchestrated by Geely and their chinese investors. Chinese investors do not get these nuances. To them Detroit means the automotive capital of the United States. They also dont understand how a flowing cursive font projects the wrong image for a high tech company. This is the sort of thing that would look good on paper to a bunch of chinese investors, but look disastrously wrong to an american.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Exactly. The name Detroit doesn't fill you with warm and fuzzy feelings these days unfortunately. Even something like "American Electric" with a cool/futuristic looking logo would be better...but that would be a bit ironic seeing as how it's a Chinese company financing the car. I wish these guys well but I'm not holding my breath for their success.
        EVnerdGene
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        When I read Detroit Electric, my first thought was Chicago Pneumatic - in-store brandname for cheap made in China air tools from Harbor Freight disposable tool store.
          mojotrongt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          Chicago Pneumatic is a real American company that's been around for over 100 years. The H@rbor Fre!ght rip-offs are Chicago Electric and Central Pneumatic.
          EVnerdGene
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          Yikes! Thanks for the correction mojotrongt ! Not the first time I've engaged fingers before brain. OK, so Detroit Electric makes me think of Chicago Electric. (I often tell people about Harbor Freight stuff - "if it's powered, don't buy it." Now, anyone want to defend HF electric and pneumatic stuff? And talking about Detroit Electric: ZAP was the first to propose resurrecting this brandname back in maybe 2007 or 2008. Is there a connection to ZAcraP ?
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why all the negative comments about a car not yet on the market ? Who cares if it's not a Tesla Roadster ? There are no more Tesla Roadsters. If it never happens, or if it does and you don't like it, what the hell ! Don't buy one ! What harm is there in these guys trying ? No public money is involved, and since Geely seems to be managing Volvo Car's satisfactorily, why not suspend judgement until the vehicle is at least on the road.
        PeterScott
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
        I remember you ranting again Coda as a Chinese front company. This is even more of a Chinese front company, than Coda was. So what is different now?
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @PeterScott
          @ Peter Scott Peter, I did not criticise Coda for just being 'Chinese' . I criticised the nature and reputations of the PRC companies behind Coda, along with the dubious reputations of the American directors of Coda. Just as there are Western companies whose reputations are dubious, likewise there are undesirable PRC companies and organizations. Geely is a privately owned PRC corporation. Geely and it's founder Li Shufu, have a relatively solid and respectable business reputation (given the context of PRC ethical standards). Geely has won praise from the Government of Sweden and it workers in relation to it's ownership of Volvo Cars. In contrast Coda's PRC backer's are owned by the PLA owned China Weaponry Equipment Group, a notorious corporation, involved in everything human rights abuse, illegal arms trafficking, and CNOOC, the PRC oil giant, whose criminal activities include international heroin dealing, espionage, environmental and human rights abuses. There are PRC companies, and PRC companies !
      Pj Taintz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is anyone else getting a bit tired of all these lotus body on (insert XX here) remakes that everyone is pumping out and calling a "new car"???
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks like this is the only way to get a new Elise in the states. Too bad they fugli-fied the rear end. Otherwise its dead sexy
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      does anyone take this even serious?!
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