At a time when gasoline is being challenged as the primary method of moving cars, Anderson Carriage Company sees electrification as the future of personal driving. Anderson was founded in 1907 and later became the Detroit Electric Vehicle Company. From 1907 to 1939, this automobile manufacturer would become a prolific electric car brand in the United States. The Detroit Electric Vehicle Company has produced more than 35,000 electric vehicles and only recently reached production level.
the apparent renaissance of electric vehicles, the Detroit Electric name is coming back. The 2013 resurrection of the Detroit Electric name will evolve around a limited-edition sports car called the SP:01.
Assuming the identity of a two-seat sports car, the Detroit Electric SP:01 is fashioned entirely with carbon fiber body panels on an aluminum structural frame. Offering open-air electric motorization, the Detroit Electric SP:01 is configured with a Targa-style roof. In bad weather, a matching soft top or hardtop section in standard body color can protect the driver of the sports car. If the Detroit Electric SP:01 looks like a Lotus Elise, there's a good reason for that impression. Lotus will supply the unpowered rolling chassis for the Detroit Electric SP:01. Albert Lam, the founder of this recent incarnation of Detroit Electric, was also once part of the Lotus Group. Employed for companies such as Apple Inc., Lam has also worked with Chinese electric vehicle producer ZAP. The Detroit Electric follows the iconic Tesla Roadster as electric sports cars based on components supplied by Lotus.
As fashion played a role even in the early days of the automotive industry, automobiles developed characteristics that we continue to use to discern vehicles. While the Ford Model T became the de facto image of the evolution of the modern automobile, the original Detroit Electric vehicle incorporated a fake grille presenting an illusion of gasoline power. This design trait is shared on the Detroit Electric SP:01 around a license plate bracket. A black carbon fiber piece is used to create an imitation opening. Electric Blue, Metallic Black, Lightning Silver, Pearl White, Fiery Red, Bronze Orange, and Pearl Green are listed as color choices for the Detroit Electric SP:01 sports car. The alloy wheels consist of 16-inch and 17-inch rear rims available in several designs available in black or silver.
The Detroit Electric SP:01's power source is an AC asynchronous electric motor generating the equivalent of 201 horsepower. Electrical energy is stored in a 37 kWh lithium-polymer battery. Using a 240-volt charging port, the Detroit Electric SP:01 fully charges in 4.3 hours. By applying a system named 360 Powerback, the SP:01 electrical system can also supply power to a house as a backup power unit. A single charge is rated by pushing the sports car 180 miles. Better than a Ford Focus Electric or a Nissan Leaf, the range of the Detroit Electric is less than that of the Tesla Roadster which has a larger 53 kWh battery. The Detroit Electric SP:01 powertrain can be paired with a choice of three transmissions. A four-speed manual, five-speed manual, or two-speed automatic can provide the performance habits of the electric-speed machine.
Weighing in at 2,403 pounds, the Detroit Electric SP:01 makes the most of 201 electric derivatives. horses. Acceleration from 0 to 62 miles per hour takes just 3.7 seconds. This SP:01 performance stat is equal to the latest Tesla Roadster model. Beyond its quick start, the Detroit Electric SP:01 can reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour.
With a quiet performance sound overhead, the two-passenger Detroit Electric SP:01 sports car sits in an interior rich in carbon fiber, aluminum and leather. Besides the standard black color, blue, red and beige can be chosen for the leather trim inside the SP:01. The infotainment technology is managed entirely via a smartphone app. Called SAMI (Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment), vehicle functions such as audio control and satellite navigation can be handled with a modern touch. Detroit Electric's SAMI interface is also effective in remotely managing the SP:01 sports car charging system.
The first Detroit Electric SP:01 model is expected to leave the production floor at the end of August. Priced at $135,000, production of the electric sports car will be strictly limited to 999 vehicles. The limited production will also allow Detroit Electric to seek exemptions from some costly measures that high-volume conventional automakers must endure before putting a vehicle on sale. It should be mentioned that electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and front airbags are all equipped on the Detroit Electric SP:01 sports car. Beyond the SP:01, Detroit Electric's new automaker's desire is to expand into future electric vehicle offerings.
After nearly three-quarters of a century out of the auto business, we'll be tempted to see if the Detroit Electric name can shine in this new era of prime time for electric vehicles.
Source of information and photos: Detroit Electric