World's fastest electric production car unveiled
And what an entrance it is. The Lotus Exige-based coupe will take the title of 'world's fastest pure-electric sports car', according to its makers, thanks to its 155mph top speed.> Detroit Electric also claim the SP:01 will manage 190 miles on a single charge and cover the 0-62mph sprint in a Ferrari FF rivalling 3.7 seconds.
The result of five years work, the SP:01 will cost $135,000 (£105,067) when it goes on sale in August.
It will go head-to-head with the Tesla Roadster - the brainchild of Paypal billionaire Elon Musk - and the striking Fisker Karma, which is facing an uncertain future after Fisker Automotive revealed it is on the brink of bankruptcy.
If you're interested you'd better hurry; the SP:01 is set for a strictly limited production run of 999 units, ranking it amongst the rarest cars available.
However, Detroit Electric plans to follow its sports car up with an entire range of electric cars, including two other high performance models, by the end of 2014. Big ambitions, maybe, but Detroit Electric does have some experience in the field.
The company produced its first electric car way back in 1907, before ceasing activity in 1939. It was acquired by a joint Chinese-American venture in 2007, which sought out talented British engineers from Lotus to bring the SP:01 vision to life.