| 2013-04-04 | 0 Comments

Emissions-free motoring has a new high-performance champion following the unveiling of Detroit Electric’s SP:01, a limited-edition, two-seat pure-electric sports car.

The rear-wheel-drive SP:01 delivers exceptional performance. Featuring a compact, mid-mounted 201 bhp electric motor (delivering 166 lb/ft of torque), a lightweight, purpose-designed battery pack and all-new carbon-fibre bodywork, the SP:01’s total weight is just 2,354 lb, contributing to its class-leading handling. Boasting an impressive 155 mph (249 km/h) top speed and covering the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in a blistering 3.7 seconds, the SP:01 is the world’s fastest pure-electric production car.

The 37 kWh battery gives the SP:01 an impressive range of almost 190 miles, when tested to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standard. Detroit Electric’s home charging unit will enable drivers to fully recharge their SP:01 in 4.3 hours. The SP:01’s innovative powertrain delivers instantaneous torque through a four-speed manual gearbox for optimal acceleration. An automatic transmission is available as an option.

The SP:01 is equipped with bi-directional charge and discharge capability, made possible through Detroit Electric’s patented home charging and power back-up unit, named ‘360 Powerback’.  As well as charging the battery the unit can also detect power failures in the grid and restore power to the home via SAMI. The Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment system (SAMI) provides access to a wide range of functions and vehicle systems information.

An all-disc braking system, anti-lock braking and Electronic Stability Control are fitted as standard, but it is the Regenerative Braking technology that sets the car apart, delivering superb stopping performance while ensuring greater energy efficiency. The car’s energy recovery mechanism uses the motor as a generator, recovering kinetic energy and using it to recharge the batteries.

Just 999 examples will be built at the company’s new production facility in Wayne County, Michigan. On sale by end of August, the SP:01 will herald a new family of all-electric production cars from Detroit Electric, including two high-performance models that will be in production by the end of 2014. The original electric car innovators, Detroit Electric began life in 1906 and went on to make some 13,000 vehicles by 1939, setting the EV production world record for the twentieth century.

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