Here's some news that will make the urban scavengers sifting through the ruins of the Motor City a little disappointed. Detroit Electric, the slow-moving electric-vehicle maker basing their wares off of a couple of Lotus models is employing people in Detroit. And some local vehicle production may follow.

The company is working out of Detroit's Fisher Building, which had been empty last year, and says it plans to boost its employee count from eight to about 20 by the end of the year, The Truth About Cars reports. Detroit Electric changed its production plans for the Lotus Elise-based SP:01 last year, moving the manufacturing base of that model to the Netherlands from a production facility in Plymouth, MI, about 30 miles west of Detroit.

Right now, the SP:01 is being worked on in Europe, Malaysia's Paultan.org says. That 201-horsepower model can go from 0-62 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and has a single-charge range of about 190 miles. That model is expected to be priced at about $135,000. Detroit Electric is also working on a 2+2 EV based on the Lotus Evora, and, while government approvals await, the four-seater may be available for sale as soon as early 2016.


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      EVnerdGene
      • 5 Months Ago
      Jimmy cracked corn, and nobody cared.
      • 5 Months Ago
      LOL EV's are like battery power drills. You know they are going to fail you eventually only with the power drill you can snap in a backup battery. I love the little French EV where you can pull around a battery trailer.
        m_2012
        • 2 Months Ago
        Why not just charge it? The batteries are rechargeable these days you know.
      Levine Levine
      • 5 Months Ago
      Detroit is dead. The Fisher Building is a low-rent shell of a once proud landmark.
        EVnerdGene
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        I'd guess within 50 miles of Detroit; there are more cars being manufactured, and more automotive engineering and development, than anywhere else in the world.
        motorhead
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Detroit hasn't had a Republican mayor since 1962. Explains a lot.
      danfred311
      • 5 Months Ago
      Wild excitement in the comment section about this...
      m_2012
      • 2 Months Ago
      Come on you ex-Lotus hacks, give it up. And that picture always gets me, because thats an ICE powered Exige with some new paint and wheel spacers. Investor trap. I wonder if they are still renting their digs at Fisher after they got kicked out of Plymouth?