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Detroit Electric Unveils SP: 01 Electric Sports Car

by Shane McGlaun
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The automotive industry is a tough one for a new automaker to break into. It’s even tougher for a new automaker to break in the automotive industry with a completely electric vehicle. Most consumers are still staying far away from electric-only cars in large part due to range anxiety, so major manufacturers are focused on plug-in hybrids for now. Upstart automaker Detroit Electric has officially unveiled its new all-electric car, and it’s a sports car.

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The car is called the SP:01 and it reminds me a lot of a combination of the Lotus Elise and the Tesla Roadster. The Detroit Electric vehicle is a two-seat limited edition electric sports car with a 200 hp electric motor mounted in the middle of the vehicle. Detroit Electric says that the car is the world’s fastest production electric vehicle with a top speed of 155 mph.

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The vehicle can hit 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. The body is made from carbon fiber and the total weight is 2359 pounds. The lithium polymer battery pack has 37 kWh power, promising 180 miles driving range per charge. The car can also interface with smartphones giving drivers control over the climate control system and more.

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All of this performance, technology and style comes at a price though, as the SP:01 will sell for a base price of $135,000 (USD).

[via C|NET]

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