Detroit Electric is still on board to produce the Lotus Exige-based SP:01 electric sports car, which has been delayed more than once already. According to the carmaker, the SP:01 prototype is currently undergoing testing at a facility in Europe, as we can see in the above photo provided by Detroit Electric.

Details about the production schedule and on-sale date for the SP:01 are still unclear, but Detroit Electric says it will announce more about that in the coming weeks. Production was originally supposed to begin last year, but was delayed when plans to build the car in Plymouth, MI fell through. Production is now planned to take place in Holland, but there's still potential for future models to be made in Detroit. The company has stated that the SP:01 will come with a base price tag of $135,000.

Like the Tesla Roadster, the Detroit Electric SP:01 uses a Lotus chassis. The car's electric motor provides 201 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, pushing the car to 62 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. Range on a full charge is said to be more than 180 miles.

The SP:01 has been off to a bit of a rocky start, but this bit of news shows there's still life in the project. Let's just hope it all continues smoothly. See what Detroit Electric has to say for itself in the press release below, or check out our original post about the SP:01 for all the details about the car.
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World's Fastest Production Electric Vehicle Prepares for Launch

Detroit Electric, the international electric vehicle manufacturer, is finalising dynamic testing of its SP:01 pure-electric sportscar at a facility in Europe ahead of its introduction in several world markets.

The lightweight, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive, open-top sportscar promises to thrill the EV market with its blistering performance and exhilarating dynamics.

This latest version of the SP:01 has seen additional development work carried out by Detroit Electric's engineers and designers since a pre-production version of the vehicle was revealed to the media at events in Detroit, USA, and Shanghai, China, last year.

Further details of the car and Detroit Electric's production and sales plans will be announced in the coming weeks.


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      bluepongo1
      • 14 Hours Ago
      Lotus started the rumor that they were working with Tesla, they had nothing to do with the Roadster. No matter how many times you repeat that Lotus B.S.: they are still a company that is failing, while Tesla is the future. Why doesn't anyone figure out : when you try to make a Lotus EV it is always inferior to the Tesla Roadster ?
        danfred311
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @bluepongo1
        You are sort of right about the first part, that Lotus is the company without a future. But you are not right to say that a Lotus EV couldn't be as good as a Tesla Roadster. The Tesla was rather poor in several ways actually and there was nothing special about that car that couldn't trivially be duplicated and even improved. The Roadster was significant because it was electric, fast and had long range. Other than that it's no better than a Lotus. Indeed it was a Lotus. Lotus produced the car except the electric car components. And Lotus could easily best the roadster now. Or I should say, they could with my guidance. They seem rather clueless on their own. But the Tesla Roadster wasn't something magical that noone can touch. Indeed it's a very simple car. Easy for a startup to best. An obvious in into the automaker industry where it's more or less impossible with other models.
        danfred311
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @bluepongo1
        it is however a huge mistake to base it on a lotus, not because it's a bad car but because it's very overpriced when you could do it cheap and better on your own.
      KickinCanada
      • 14 Hours Ago
      Please stop reporting on this vapourware company. The idea these people whomever they are will bring something to market is ridiculous. Pure BS and by reporting on them you only give legitimacy to a company that isn't and not a chance in the world this will come to market.
      Ryan
      • 14 Hours Ago
      I think there needs to be a business case study to show how one company can barely produce a few cars, while another one has sold tens of thousands and had an IPO that a lot of people shorted because they thought Tesla would end up like this company.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 14 Hours Ago
      Lol, made in Holland.
      Levine Levine
      • 14 Hours Ago
      Anything that is named or partially named with the word, Detroit, is dead or dying.
      Ben Crockett
      • 14 Hours Ago
      Has to be asked why wouldn't you simply buy a tried and tested used Tesla Roadster which will have the same or better performance backed by Tesla who want to *improve* the already sold Roadsters (as announced by Elon due this year). Name another car company that what's to continue to improve their vehicle even after they are sold to the customer. Or simply wait until the new Roadster is released...
      m_2012
      • 14 Hours Ago
      These ex-Lotus execs are a joke. How much money can they scam from people? SO they drove a Lotus around a track, what a joke. The blue one they keep showing of is nothing more than a stock ICE powered Exige with a detroit electric license plate. Scam, scam, scam.