Detroit Electric unveils a Lotus Elise based SP:01 electric sports car

Detroit Electric SP-01

Detroit Electric has unveiled a new two seater electric sports car called SP:01, which looks very similar to the Tesla Roadster and shouldn’t be surprising as it is also based on the Lotus Elise.

The SP:01 does 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds just like the Tesla Roadster Sport and has a top speed of 155mph (30 more than Tesla’s little sports car).

The SP:01 is a rear-wheel-drive electric sports car with power coming from a mid-mounted 201 bhp electric motor with 166 lb ft of torque.

Based on Lotus Elise lightweight aluminum platform, the SP:01 has a specially designed carbon-fibre bodywork, though it is still easily recognizable as a Lotus.

37kWh battery gives the SP:01 a range of almost 190 miles between recharges and with the home charging unit it takes 4.3 hours to fully recharge the battery.

The cabin highlight is a Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment system, which provides access to a wide range of functions, including music player, satellite navigation, interior lighting adjust and vehicle systems status.

The SP:01 is priced from $135,000 USD (roughly £88,700) and the production will be limited to 999 units.

Detroit Electric has two more high-performance models in development and if all goes as planned will enter production by the end of 2014.

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