Detroit Electric Unveils $135k SP:01 Electric Sports Car
April 4, 2013 10:00 AM
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World's fastest pure electric production sports car is shown to the public
A few weeks ago, Detroit Electric started
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.
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RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
4/4/2013 4:04:00 PM
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.
"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher
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