It's back, again.
After years of uncertainty, the revived brand sells its first electric sports car to its Chinese importer, Jowett Motors.
Despite once-grand plans to have its spiritual successor to the Tesla Roadster – and other electric vehicles – on US roads by the end of 2014, Detroit Electric still hasn't delivered Job One. That might change with a new deal just announced with Jeju Island in South Korea.
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.
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.
The revived Detroit Electric company will be partnering with China's Geely, but the mission is not to cooperate on bringing the all-electric Tesla Roadster-like SP:01 to market. Instead, Detroit Electric and Geely will co-develop more normal passenger vehicles from Geely's Emgrand brand, starting with the EC7 pictured above. The two companies will also work on "related electric drive systems." The announcement was made at the Shanghai Motor Show today.
On the heels of the international debut of their SP:01 EV roadster at the Shanghai Motor Show, Detroit Electric has delivered more news out of China. The recently relaunched electric vehicle company announced today a partnership with Chinese automaker Geely to co-develop EVs for China, with the first vehicles under the new partnership planned for 2014.
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The recently relaunched Detroit Electric car company introduced its first production vehicle in downtown Detroit on Wednesday. Labeled the SP:01, Detroit Electric claims this all-electric roadster will cover 0-60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds and top out at 155 miles per hour, which the carmaker says will make it the world's fastest production electric car.