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: few comments
4/4/2013 8:00:54 PM
Why do you need a 4 speed manual in an electric?
Why is a transmission needed at all in this car? It just adds weight and complexity.
RE: few comments
4/5/2013 5:31:25 AM
Some electric cars don't have a transmission for the electric part, electric motor is linked directly to the wheels basically. But there is a limit on speed, usually around highway speeds. But how can this one go 155 mpg? Transmission... even electric motors have limits.
RE: few comments
4/8/2013 2:13:46 PM
A motor can usually go from 0-10,000 RPM with a flat torque curve, so a gearbox isn't necessary. I guess at 155mph the whine can be pretty Formula-One sounding.
The old EV-1 could go 155mph but they put in a speed governor that limited it to 85mph because at its true top speed the tires would explode.
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