One of the newest EV carmakers that all but screams "Motor City" in its name will be moving production to the Netherlands.
Earlier this year a new car company emerged out of Detroit, Michigan. Well, kind of new. Detroit Electric was originally founded over 100 years ago, and for a short time was America's most successful builder of electric cars. That was back in 1912. It went out of business in the 1930s, but was recently revived by a former Lotus engineering chief. Last spring the reborn automaker showed off its first new model: the SP:01. Yes, it looks like a Lotus Elise and/or a Tesla Roadster because it's based on the former.
Production, we were told, was to get under way shortly in Detroit. But now it appears those plans have slightly been changed. Instead of production happening in the Motor City, the company just announced that the SP:01 will be built in the Netherlands. Yes, that would be in Europe. So what's going on here? Good question. CEO Albert Lam hasn't given an official reason why the move is happening, only stating that "We are Detroit Electric, not London Electric. Our commitment to the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and the United States is as strong as it ever was." Detroit Electric? London Electric? More like Dutch Electric. Sorry, we just had to throw that one in there.