The revival of Detroit Electric and the imminent arrival of its first vehicle, the SP:01 sports car, have us hooked, not because the EV is the most innovative design around (based on the Lotus Exige, it's strikingly similar to Tesla's discontinued Lotus-based Roadster), but because it promises to be yet another American-built high-performance EV with some unique twists. We like the fact that customers can opt for a four- or five-speed manual transmission (particularly unusual in an EV), or use the car to power a building in the case of a power outage. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a bit longer before the SP:01 hits the road, because Detroit Electric has yet to finalize a lease or purchase agreement of its chosen production facility in Plymouth, Michigan, The Detroit News reports.

Detroit Electric has been trying to hammer out an agreement, but the negotiations for the Plymouth facility are producing enough uncertainty that Detroit Electric's North American President Don Graundstadt says the automaker-to-be is negotiating with other parties.

Previous plans for SP:01 production called for its manufacture to begin by this month, but plans change, and production will be pushed back. There is no mention of when the electric sports car will become a 2,500-unit-per-year reality, but rather ominously, The Detroit News notes that "the immediate fate of the automaker should be known in the next couple of weeks."


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      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      yes! flood the market with hybrids and electric vehicles so its cheaper for me to purchase one! :)
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      this car is already a fail
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      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, they are copying Tesla down to the very last detail, delays and all, aren't they? ;-)
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      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they could hammer out the details of the 5 speed manual, this might become the only EV that I'd give a nod to. I know it's completely unnecessary in an electric vehicle but, fun factor trumps necessity for me.
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jaclock LaGlock
        There is a production electric vehicle with a 6-speed transmission. It is the Brammo Empulse electric motorcycle. I've ridden one, and almost everyone seems to agree that fewer gears could accomplish the job. I'll reserve judgement on this car until I can drive one, but based upon my experience on the Empluse, I think the 4-speed would be the best choice.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like the chinese financial backers are getting cold feet.
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      Allaround
      • 1 Year Ago
      The most unsurprising headline ever.
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