The American-based company will build its sports car in the Netherlands.
Almost one year after it was initially revealed, the Detroit Electric SP:01 sports car has finally been green-lighted for production later this year. The electric vehicle, powered by two 36-kWh lithium-polymer batteries and one AC electric motor, will be built in Holland and heavily based on the current-generation Lotus Elise. It too will feature a mid-engine layout and a fully-independent front and rear suspension system and front anti-roll bar borrowed from the Lotus.
The three motors will produce 201 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque, allowing the lightweight car to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.7-seconds before reaching a top speed of 155mph. The reason for its European production, according to the company's PR firm, is "supply chain logistics", which "dictated that the assembly operations for the limited production run of that vehicle have currently have to be located just in Europe". Fair enough, but maybe they should call it Amsterdam Electric?