Saturday, April 06, 2013

Detroit Electric back from the dead.

The old Electric car only brand was in business from 1907 until 1939.
It has now been revived to produce an all-new electric sports car, the SP:01.

Which is great news.
Especially the week Fisker has laid off most of its employees and hired bankruptcy lawyers...

As you can see, the SP:01 is yet another electric car based off a Lotus. Just like the Tesla was.
This one will set you back at least $135 000.

The cool novelty is that it is available with a manual transmission!
0 to 60 is achieved in 3.7 seconds. Range is 180 miles and the car can be charged in a little over 4 hours.
It starts production (limited to 999 units) in August.

To me, the best news isn't a $135 000 electric car. But the announcement of:
"A new family of all-electric production cars, including two other high-performance models that will enter production by the end of 2014."
And: "a sub-$50 000 family sedan by the end of next year". 

Which means they are doing things much faster than Tesla. Which took years to come out with the Model S. And is still years away from producing a car for under $50 000.

I am just posting these pics of the new (ish) Proton Sedan FYI.

Proton is linked to Detroit Electric. Just like Lotus is. Since Albert Lam, the CEO of Detroit Electric is from Lotus. Which is owned by Proton.
As you can see, they are using the Lotus Elise for the SP:01.
So they might use a Proton model as the base for their upcoming sedan.
Let's hope not.

As the one pictured above could maybe compete with the Civic. It would hardly make a compelling "sub-$50 000 sedan". Or "high performance model"...

We'll see....


Yee Fung How said...

Proton Preve is a lousy car in Malaysia.
In fact, proton cars are lousy.

Vincent said...

i always LOL at jealous people saying proton cars are lousy. Proton Preve is price about the same as Vios and City(in Malaysia), and Preve is having superior handling and suspension over the two rival. Not to mention higher horsepower, higher torque, better passive or active safety feature, bigger space, and higher ANCAP
the only thing Preve incomparable with Vios and City is just the build quality, and they compensate it with a 5 years warranty.
So fellow Malaysia, what do you still want?