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: what the hell?
4/8/2013 3:03:50 AM
The problem is that it is no economical to build a family electric car to really compete on price and range with a normal gas car. We are looking at 3X to 5X the price hence, these players are going for the luxury range in order to have a business model. If anyone can come up with a battery pack that can do 60Kwhr weighting in at 150 pounds and costing less than 5K then we can see the economics working out. The electric motors and controls are very much developed enough so it is the battery pack that is lagging way behind in the electric car business.
Also, one needs to be sure that the battery is safe (ie explosion/fire proof or resistant), long lasting for severals hours of usage (like 10 to 12 hours on light loading), fast charging and really lasting for many years (like 5 years or so). The research into batteries have not accelerated in the last decade so it is pretty slow going from here.
The gas engine has not improve s much in efficiency as well. Only diesel engines are very efficient but can do with better improvements and/or ways to dilute the fuel with water/ethanol in order to run cooler.
"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
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