World's fastest electric car, the Detroit Electric SP:01, unveiled in Shanghai
By Gizmag Team
April 20, 2013
Detroit Electric clearly isn't coy when it comes to its SP:01, the world's fastest production electric car, publicly revealed for the first time at the Shanghai Auto Show today. The company made no attempt to cover up its high-performance EV ahead of its press conference, and our man on the ground didn't hesitate in wiring these pictures in to Fortress Gizmag. The SP:01 tops out at 249 km/h (155 mph) and can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in a fleet 3.7 seconds.
The company attributes the car's performance to its power-to-weight ratio: A 201-bhp (150-kW) motor delivers 166 lb.ft (225 Nm) of torque to move the SP:01's trim 2,354 lb (1,068 kg). Detroit Electric has managed to keep the weight down by paying special attention to the battery pack, and using carbon fiber for the F1-like bodywork and aluminum for the platform.
With tuned suspension, steering and brakes, the company claims the package offers "class-leading" handling and ride.
The car's electric motor allows drivers to accelerate without need of manic gear-shifting, though four gear ratios are offered for those seeking to eke out every drop of performance.
Detroit Electric claims that the battery's 37 kWh of storage is good for 190 miles on a single charge. The special home-charging kit will fully charge an empty battery in about 4 hours 20 minutes. The company claims that basically the same battery has seen use in helicopters and submarines. The battery life is assisted by a regenerative system that recovers kinetic energy under braking.
The SP:01 comes equipped with a smartphone-controlled information and entertainment system, dubbed SAMI (short for Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment). SAMI includes a music player, sat-nav, interior lighting and climate controls as well as a vehicle status display, keeping the driver informed of battery charge and range. These can be accessed remotely as well as from behind the dash.
After 5 years of development and testing. The limited-edition two-seater hit the market earlier this month, and Detroit Electric reports 35 were snapped up in the first hour. The car represents something of a resurgence in the Detroit Electric brand (which had gone unused since 1939). Two more high-performance Detroit Electric EVs are scheduled to commence production before the end of next year.
Detroit Electric's is saying the SP:01 is available from 1,250,000 RMB. That translates to about US$200,000, significantly more than the $135,000 we previously reported. We'll attempt to get to the bottom of this apparent discrepancy.
Product page: Detroit Electric