Detroit Electric Delays Production of Electric SP:01…Surprised? We Aren’t

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 5

Detroit Electric Roadster Teaser...I'll Be Joining The Electric Party Later Than Expected

Detroit Electric Roadster Teaser…I’ll Be Joining The Electric Party Later Than Expected

No surprise here.

Detroit Electric SP:01 Roadster Delayed At Least One Month...Probably More

Detroit Electric SP:01 Roadster Delayed At Least One Month…Probably More

Startup automaker Detroit Electric says its flagship electric roadster, the SP:01, will be delayed at least one month due to the automaker’s inability to secure a site for production.

This, it seems, will likely be a recurring story, but for now Detroit Electric says production on the $135,000 SP:01 will be pushed back from this August to sometime in September.

Detroit Electric is reportedly attempting to secure a portion of a partially occupied site in Plymouth Township (approximately 30 miles from Detroit, Michigan).  However, the startup automaker has yet to finalize the deal.

Additionally, Detroit Electric still needs to hire employees for production of the limited SP:01 (only 999 will be made).  The automaker says it needs approximately 100 production workers, but has yet to hire any due to Detroit Electric not securing a site for those future employees to work at.

Detroit Electric hopes to hold a job fair in June.

Much like Tesla Motors, Detroit Electric hopes to accumulate revenue and sign up investors so that it can produce a higher volume electric vehicle after the limited run of the SP:01.  This higher volume electric will be cheaper, says Detroit Electric.

But first the automakers needs some employees and a site to produce at.  Without those two key ingredients, Detroit Electric’s dream ain’t going to turn into a reality.

Source: Detroit News

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5 responses to "Detroit Electric Delays Production of Electric SP:01…Surprised? We Aren’t"

  1. David Murray says:

    Am I the only one that thinks this is just a ripoff of the Tesla Roadster? I honestly don’t see this company getting very far.

  2. Roy_H says:

    “…production on the $135,000 SP:01 will be pushed back from this August to sometime in September.”

    They would be performing miracles if it was this year since they haven’t even started. How many prototypes have they built? How much testing have they done on it? (I am assuming only 1 prototype).

    I suppose that they might get 1 produced, after all they are getting the gliders from Lotus and just have to install the batteries and electric motor. Come to think of it, that won’t take any where near 100 employes. I expect this will have the quality of a kit car turned out by a few enthusiasts in a garage.

  3. Bill Howland says:

    “……David Murray

    June 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Am I the only one that thinks this is just a ripoff of the Tesla Roadster? I honestly don’t see this company getting very far.

    ……”

    No, the Tesla Roadster and the SP–01 are rip offs of the Lotus Elise, and Exige, respectively. I can comment since I own a Roadster.

    They should be cut some slack. Tesla missed all its targets, and then got early depositors riled when they raised the price first 10, then 20 thousand. I can’t complain since I paid the $109 k price voluntarily. I don’t see the sp01 as quite a good value though… The battery is too small now that I have 53 kwh for the roadster, and I would like a stripped version anyway as my Roadster is. I don’t need all that infotanment/navigation gobbledy gook. Give me a stripped version much more plain jane, and knock a few tens of thousands off the price. Granted the Exige is nicer than the Elise, and I’d expect to pay a bit more for it.

  4. Spin says:

    I’m not buying any of this BS

  5. Jeff says:

    It would be interesting though to see if they could give Tesla some competition. Consumers would really win then in the long run.