Detroit Electric

  • Teaser for Detroit Electric sports car, sedan and SUV

    Historic American car brand Detroit Electric, now based in the United Kingdom and backed by Chinese funds, has outlined plans for three new cars. Impressively, the electric car startup is promising to introduce the three cars over the next three years. They include a sports car, sedan and SUV. A teaser sketch hinting at the profile design of the three cars was released by Detroit Electric on Wednesday at the 2017 Low Carbon Vehicle Event in Bedford, U.K. Detroit Electric’s original plan was one that mimicked Tesla’s start. The company developed an electric sports car based on a...

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    Flush with cash, Detroit Electric to announce full vehicle lineup in September

    Flush with cash from a major Chinese investor, Detroit Electric is on the verge of announcing a full lineup of electric cars the company plans to launch in the coming years. The historic American brand was revived in 2008 by a former Lotus engineer together with Chinese interests, and has since...

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    Detroit Electric secures $1.8B investment from Chinese firm

    It’s been four years since revived electric car brand Detroit Electric first announced plans for a Tesla Roadster-esque sports car. The company managed to get the car, called the SP:01, to the pre-production stage in late 2015 but a shortage of funding has kept it from completing all the...

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    Detroit Electric SP:01 sports car enters production

    Detroit Electric, led by former Lotus executive Albert Lam, has started production of its SP:01 electric sports car, two and a half years after the company first announced plans for the car and presented a prototype. Production is taking place at a plant in Leamington Spa in the United Kingdom and...

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    Detroit Electric Opens First Showroom

    After revealing its upcoming SP:01 sports car in production trim earlier this year, revived electric car company Detroit Electric is now showing off its first showroom, a new flagship store adjacent to the company’s plant in Leamington Spa, England. The new showroom will enable potential...

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    Detroit Electric SP:01 Sports Car Revealed In Production Trim

    After first revealing a prototype for a new electric sports car called the SP:01 in early 2013, rejuvenated historic car brand Detroit Electric has now revealed the car in production guise. Unfortunately, Detroit Electric, which has continuously pushed back the launch of the SP:01, says it still...

  • Detroit Electric SP:01

    It was just over a year ago that revived electric car brand Detroit Electric revealed a Lotus-based sports car not unlike the original Tesla Roadster. The car was called the SP:01 and was said to be going on sale shortly after the debut with a starting price of $135,000. MUST SEE: Watch Dodge Build The 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat With VIN0001: Video Since then, Detroit Electric has relocated its headquarters from Detroit to the Netherlands, although it still has a presence in the city whose name it bears, and it’s also picked a site in the U.K. for production of the SP:01. The first...

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    Detroit Electric Announces Further Details, U.K. Production

    The reborn Detroit Electric is becoming a truly global automaker—at least in terms of its conception and production. The firm still lists its headquarters in Motor City itself, but now has a European base in the Netherlands and has announced that production will take place in Leamington Spa...

  • Detroit Electric SP:01 electric sports car tests in Europe
    Detroit Electric Sports Car Is Still Here, Now Testing

    It's easy to be cynical of startup companies. They enter the industry, guns blazing, trying to convince us all that their product will change how we look at cars, or internet shopping, or toasters, and most then quickly vanish never to be seen again. You'd be forgiven for thinking Detroit Electric...

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    Detroit Electric Production Confirmed For Holland, Not Detroit

    You'd be forgiven for thinking a car company called Detroit Electric would produce its cars in, or at least near, Motor City itself. After all, the car bearing the same name was produced there back in the early 1900s. But these days things aren't so simple. Modern day Detroit Electric will produce...

  • 2013 Detroit Electric SP:01
    Detroit Electric Delays Sports Car Pending Factory Deal

    The SP:01, Detroit Electric's battery-powered sports car not unlike the Tesla Roadster, is currently on hold, pending the company's purchase of a facility in which to build it. Production was due to start on the Lotus Elise-based electric car this month, but delays in finalizing a manufacturing...

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    Geely And America's Detroit Electric To Develop EVs Together

    Detroit Electric, a startup based in downtown Detroit, Michigan, will be teaming up with Chinese automotive giant Geely to develop a new range of electric cars and related electric drive systems, to be used primarily in China. Geely is the current owner of Swedish automaker Volvo and has a number...

  • 2013 Detroit Electric SP:01

    If you’re longing for a Tesla Roadster but aren’t prepared to drop your hard-earned on a used example, another electric startup, whose name dates back more than a century, has just unveiled its own Lotus-based electric roadster. That startup is Detroit Electric, which, as promised a month ago, has unveiled its new SP:01 electric roadster. The specifications of the new SP:01 are very similar to those of the Tesla Roadster, although Detroit Electric can lay claim to having the fastest all-electric production car on the market thanks to the SP:01’s top speed of 155 mph. The...

  • Detroit Electric's upcoming two-seat sports car - image: Detroit Electric
    Detroit Electric To Debut All-Electric Sports Car In April

    In the early years of the 20th century, electric cars were seen by many buyers as preferable to internal-combustion-engine automobiles. Electric cars were easier to start, more reliable and required far less maintenance than their fossil-fueled cousins, and their limited range was far less of an...

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    Detroit Electric and Proton sign deal to build new electric vehicles

    Historic electric car brand Detroit Electric (DE) confirmed early last year plans to launch a range of all-electric vehicles for sale in Europe and North America by the end of the decade. The company has now taken a major step forward in realizing those goals with the announcement today that it has...

  • Detroit Electric hires ex-Lotus Engineering CEO
    Detroit Electric hires ex-Lotus Engineering CEO

    Detroit Electric was revived only this month by America’s ZAP electric car company and China’s Youngman Auto and already the joint-venture has announced the appointment of former Lotus Engineering CEO Albert Lam as its new chief. Lam has worked closely with ZAP on previous concepts and...

  • ZAP and Youngman revive Detroit Electric brand
    ZAP and Youngman revive Detroit Electric brand

    The joint-venture between America’s ZAP electric car company and China’s Youngman Auto is set to revive the 100- year-old electric car brand Detroit Electric for a range of new models set to appear from next year onwards. The first car to be sold under the Detroit Electric label will be...

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