UPDATE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that this was the first time Detroit Electric had announced plans to build cars in Holland. This plan was first announced last August.

Detroit Electric has dropped plans to build its Lotus-based SP:01 electric sports car in The Motor City. In fact, it's not even being built in the North America. Instead, the company claims production is starting in Holland later this year. So much for being a Detroit Electric, eh?

"Production of Detroit Electric vehicles in Europe, along with Detroit, was always part of the plan," said Peter Rawlinson, a spokesperson for Detroit Electric, to Autoblog in an emailed statement. Neither the car's original announcement nor its partnership with Geely make any mention of European production. The announcement of foreign production was first made last August. Rawlinson said that the exact production location would be announced in the coming weeks, and assembly would "start in the middle of this calendar year."

Detroit Electric had originally planned to build the SP:01 off the Lotus Exige platform at a factory in Plymouth, Michigan. Assembly was scheduled to begin in August 2013 with an annual capacity of 2,500 cars. However, negotiations with the plant fell through, and the company began looking for a new location. It had promised the SP:01 would offer 201 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque with energy provided by two 37-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer batteries, and it would be priced at around $135,000.

The company is leaving a sliver of a chance of still building cars in Motown. "Detroit Electric has chosen to save its US resources for an upcoming new model – a sedan – to be engineered, developed and assembled in Detroit," said Rawlinson. For a business that has promised so much and delivered relatively little so far, these are big claims to make.


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      Greg Glockner
      • 9 Months Ago
      Holland, Michigan?
        trenchanting
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Greg Glockner
        My thought too. Either Holland, Michigan or The Netherlands.
      Actionable Mango
      • 9 Months Ago
      "Also, none of the other reporting Autoblog has done on the company has included planned foreign production." *Ahem* http://green.autoblog.com/2013/08/30/detroit-electric-moving-sp-01-ev-production-to-holland/
      usugo
      • 9 Months Ago
      This business has failure written all over it. Based on specs and price, it makes the Tesla roadster look like a bargain. It looks a bit better though.
      CarGuyNashVegas
      • 9 Months Ago
      There can't be a market for this over priced under powered POS. But a used TESLA roadster people at least they will be around to work on it.
        porosavuporo
        • 9 Months Ago
        @CarGuyNashVegas
        There is always a very small niche for people with silly money who want to buy exotic one-offs. Spykers are sold, TVRs are sold, Venturi Fetish has been sold, even a couple Commuter Cars Tangos have been sold.
      radroach
      • 9 Months Ago
      Note to investors, we now have all your f** money and we're moving to Sweden.
      Dave
      • 9 Months Ago
      Isn't Zat Veird???
      HVH20
      • 9 Months Ago
      Detroit Electric is a "Brand Image" for a start up company out of the Netherlands called ECE. They are trying to push their product through American Patriotism by pretending to be the re-incarnation of a failed Detroit company from 100 years ago. Great story, don't get me wrong, but quit lying to your customers. This is just a high end conversion car that's too little too late. GLWS.
      Ryan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Tesla succeeded where Detroit Electric did not. Someone should do some investigation into why each company's outcome ended up where it has. Selling actual cars might be a good start.
      danfred311
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's odd they would bother with the detroit name in the first place instead of just owning their european origin and coming up with a new name. DE is not all that catchy nor is the poo brown livery they chose.
      ScottT
      • 9 Months Ago
      So it's essentially a slightly faster Tesla Roadster, that is slightly more expensive with a lower range....and 5+ years too late.
      Jesse Gurr
      • 9 Months Ago
      " It had promised the SP:01 would offer 201 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque with energy provided by two 37-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer batteries, and it would be priced at around $135,000." Two things: 1) I was expecting more power and torque. Sure the car is light but dang, That is barely any more than a Fiesta ST. 2) I'm pretty sure it has only 1-37 kWh battery not 2. That would be 74 kWh total. On it's website it has more specs. http://www.detroit-electric.com/models.php
        ScottT
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jesse Gurr
        To be fair, it may be only slightly more power than a Fiesta, but its 400 lbs lighter. They also claim a 0-62 time of 3.7 and a top speed of 155.
      porosavuporo
      • 9 Months Ago
      Here is a good, long thread on crazy exotic electric vehicles around. None of them are serious mass production things, just boutique stuff or concept cars, or just kick ass conversions http://jalopnik.com/5973242/show-us-the-best-electric-sports-cars-out-there/all WrightSpeed, Rimac, Lightning GT, various Venturi's, Eliica, etc etc .. the list is crazy endless. I suggest ABG create a "boutique" category for these, and Detroit Electric is firmly in that bracket.
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