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Trevor Collett | Apr, 04 2014 | 2 Comments

The reborn Detroit Electric brand is soon to become something of a misleading name, if reports out of the US this week are to be believed.

According to The Detroit Bureau, the EV maker’s first new model will no longer be built in the city bearing the company’s name. Due to "supply-chain logistics", the vehicle will reportedly now be built in The Netherlands.

The move to Dutch production is understood to be temporary, however, with DE keen to return to ‘Mo’ Town’ once sales are up and running with production of its second model; an EV sedan.

The road to production for Detroit Electric has been a slow one, with the company name revived in 2008, 101 years after it first began, with a proposed launch of its ‘comeback’ model in 2010.

Interested observers had to wait until 2013 to see the first model - the SP:01 - in the metal, when the covers finally came off at the Shanghai Auto Show.

The unveiling revealed a Lotus Elise-based sports car, powered by a 150kW/225Nm electric motor with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 248km/h.

Power is sent to the rear wheels by a somewhat unique four-speed ‘manual’ with a clutch, while a five-speed manual or two-speed automatic were proposed options.

The SP:01 can achieve in excess of 288km from one charge, and will be priced around the US$135,000 (AU$146,262) mark when it is finally released.

Initially, production of the SP:01 was to be pegged at 999 units, but whether that target carries over with the new production plans or not is unclear.

Detroit Electric says production for the SP:01 will finally begin at the end of this year.

 
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