Detroit Electrical moves production plan from Detroit to Holland [UPDATE]

Detroit Electric SP:01

UPDATE: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that this was the 1st time Detroit Electric had announced ideas to develop vehicles in Holland. This strategy was initial announced last August.

Detroit Electrical has dropped ideas to develop its Lotus-primarily based SP:01 electrical sports activities automobile in The Motor City. In fact, it is not even becoming built in the North America. Rather, the firm claims production is starting up in Holland later on this yr. So a lot for currently being a Detroit Electric, eh?

“Production of Detroit Electrical vehicles in Europe, along with Detroit, was constantly component of the program,” stated Peter Rawlinson, a spokesperson for Detroit Electric, to Autoblog in an emailed statement. Neither the car’;s authentic announcement nor its partnership with Geely make any mention of European production. The announcement of foreign manufacturing was 1st manufactured final August. Rawlinson said that the actual production location would be announced in the coming weeks, and assembly would “commence in the middle of this calendar year.”

Detroit Electric had originally planned to create the SP:01 off the Lotus Exige platform at a factory in Plymouth, Michigan. Assembly was scheduled to begin in August 2013 with an yearly capability of 2,500 vehicles. Even so, negotiations with the plant fell through, and the firm began hunting for a new place. It had promised the SP:01 would supply 201 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque with power supplied by 2 37-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer batteries, and it would be priced at all around $ 135,000.

The firm is leaving a sliver of a opportunity of nevertheless developing automobiles in Motown. “Detroit Electrical has selected to save its US resources for an upcoming new model – a sedan – to be engineered, produced and assembled in Detroit,” explained Rawlinson. For a organization that has promised so considerably and delivered relatively little so far, these are massive claims to make.

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