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World's fastest pure electric production sports car is shown to the public

A few weeks ago, Detroit Electric started teasing a new electric sports car, and this week it officially pulled the wraps off the car. Interestingly, the vehicle reminds us a lot of the discontinued Tesla Roadster combined with a little bit of Lotus Elise (on which both cars are loosely based).

Detroit Electric is calling the SP:01 the world's fastest pure electric production car, with the limited edition two-seat car promising a top speed of 155 mph. According to Detroit Electric, the 200hp vehicle is able to sprint from a standstill to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds.

To help keep weight down, the car uses carbon fiber bodywork and weighs 2,358 pounds. That means that the entire vehicle is approximately the same weight as a Mazda Miata.

Detroit Electric will offer several transmission options with an available four-speed manual (!!!) transmission, an optional five-speed, or a two-speed automatic transmission. The car will use Brembo single-piston sliding rear calipers in the rear and AP Racing twin-piston front calipers on the front to slow the car down.

The actively-cooled, 37 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack can charge fully in 4.3 hours at maximum charge rate. Using a standard outlet requires 10.7 hours to charge. The car can interface with a smartphone application allowing the user to see the charge state of the battery and control the air conditioning system.

The car is very expensive starting at $135,000. The standard warranty covers the car for three years or 30,000 miles and an optional battery warranty is available covering the battery pack for two years or 20,000 miles. 

Source: Detroit Electric

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It's just another Lotus Elise
By TheHinac on 4/4/2013 12:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
When are they going to make an electric car that actually matters. Like one that cost 8K-12K. With nothing but the bare necessities. You know a car people will actually be able to afford. WTF come on.

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Spuke on 4/4/2013 4:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
Like one that cost 8K-12K.
Someone hasn't been paying attention. You're gonna be lucky to get a GAS engined car for that price in the near future, nevermind an electric one. Currently, the AVERAGE price of a new car is $30,000. Yes, there is I think one new car that starts just under $12k but it's totally stripped. Even still has a 4 speed auto. Hybrids start around $20k and EV's are another $10k. With increasing safety, emissions, and fuel economy regs set to push cars higher, you're not going to see a $12k EV. At least not a brand new one. Yep, I know EV's technically don't have to meet emissions and fuel standards but they're still required to be tested. Not to mention, if people keep buying them at these higher prices, the automakers will assume that we accept these prices and keep them high. IMO EV's will go no lower than $25k.

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Mint on 4/5/2013 12:53:17 AM , Rating: 2
The 2013 Nissan Leaf has pretty much the cheapest cost of ownership of any new car. $250/mo for lease + 1000 miles of fuel. They just broke their own sales record in March now that the new model is in full production.

The EV industry needs to be more creative with financing. For example, charge $0.10/mile (equivalent of 40MPG combined and $4/gallon in a new car) and bill the owner. Then they can sell the car for a much lower sticker price.

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Manch on 4/5/2013 6:18:07 AM , Rating: 2
Here he goes again about the damn leaf...

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Mint on 4/5/2013 10:53:20 AM , Rating: 2
You have a better suggestion for a guy asking about a cheap EV?

If you have nothing useful to contribute GTFO. You already failed once before and you'll fail again in trying to disprove this statement: Assuming you can live with the range, no other basic car (with features 95% of people want, like power windows/locks and 5 seats - it speaks to your disingenuousness that I have to be explicit about this) has cheaper net costs to its buyer over the first three years than the Leaf.

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Manch on 4/8/2013 12:26:46 PM , Rating: 2
I already proved there are lower priced cars out there. You can keep adding caveats all day long but it doesn't change anything. Not only can you find a car just as cheap, and cheaper, you don't have the range issues either.

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Manch on 4/8/2013 1:05:08 PM , Rating: 2
no other basic car

Moving the goal post again are ya? You made your argument in the previous article about the leaf being a secondary car used for commuting!

You're a moron. I hope you get electrocuted by your leaf.

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