The brand, first resurrected by Zap before going their own way can now cheerfully claim to be a legit automaker, having had its first production vehicle roll off the line at its factory in
To bring you up to speed, the Lotus-based coupe, clothed in carbon fiber, is said by Detroit Electric to be the "lightest and fastest two-seat pure-electric sports car in the world." It boasts a 210 kW (286 horse power) motor capable of 280 Nm (206.5 pound-feet)of torque, which it claims is good for a 0-to-60 miles-per-hour time of 3.7 seconds and a 155-mph top speed. The battery holds up to 37 kWh, with a range given as....actually, range is not mentioned on the spec sheet, but we would guess it to be in the neighborhood of 150 miles. Weight of the SP:01 is 1,175 kg (2,590 lbs).
By contrast, the Tesla Roadster Sport, also Lotus-based, but now out of production had an identical 0-to-60 time, but a top speed of only 125 mph. For further comparison, the Rimac Concept_One, another two-seat electric sports car, does the 0-to-60 deed in 2.8 seconds and is electronically limited to 190 mph.
One the the Detroit Electric's best party tricks is its bi-directional charging ability. Plugged in, it can take eight kilowatts at a time, but if there is a power outage, you will receive a text asking if you'd like the car to supply electricity from its pack to your premises, a great option in certain parts of the world.
According to the company's website, "The limited-edition SP:01 will herald a new family of all-electric production cars, including two other high-performance models that are planned from 2016." While we wait for more news on these upcoming vehicles, we leave you with a promotional video below of the SP:01 in action on the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan.