Detroit Electric Planning Sedan And SUV After Sports Car Launch

Detroit Electric has revealed its intention to release an all-electric sedan and an electric SUV in the coming years.

While speaking with Dutch publication, the company’s chief executive Albert Lam said that Detroit Electric is planning a significant expansion but says the company is not following what Tesla has already done.

The similarities between the two are obvious. Tesla’s first model was a small, electric convertible sports car based around the Lotus Elise and Detroit Electric’s SP:01 is also a small, electric sports car underpinned by a Lotus Elise.

Lam said that in 2019, the company will release an all-electric luxury sedan (a la Model S) which will then spawn an electric SUV with the same platform (a la Model X). Importantly, the executive revealed that these two models won’t have Lotus underpinnings and instead be developed in-house by Detroit Electric.

When the electric sedan and SUV reach the market, the company hopes to sell between 50,000 and 60,000 vehicles annually.


  • joey

    Now let’s talk about all the cars based on Lotus Elise models.

    • fabri99

      Don’t even get me started with those based on the Lotus Eleven.

  • FYI

    Nog Dutch, but Norway 🙂

  • fabri99

    Well…what exactly would make me want to choose this over a Tesla? It’s ok to use the Elise as a base car, but…an electric car based on the Elise exists already. This is…redundant.

  • Smith

    So, how is this business plan not exactly the same as Tesla. It is exactly the same as Tesla and DE will need billions to pull this off. The market seems to be a little smarter about these types of cons, since Tesla has proven there is no way they will ever make money with this strategy, so this might be a challenge. 50,000 units per year is exactly the same projections as Tesla had for those models, But the customers are not there, as Tesla is struggling to sell that many of their high end cars. Once the Model 3 makes it to market (if), the sales of S and X will drop dramatically. Good luck Albert, you never made much of Lotus so not sure you will make much of this project either, just another great con job!

  • Aquaflex

    Competition is always good even if your fail! No pain no gain!

  • Mafio

    Elon Musk is probably looking at this having a serious case of Deja Vu.

Porsche Boxster GTS Goes Against BMW’s Z4 M40i In Straight Line Race

The Boxster GTS has roughly 25 hp more than the Euro-spec Z4 M40i – so who won this German roadsters’ fight?.

Warning: You May Fall In Love With This Modern-Day Lamborghini Miura

With the original widely acknowledged as one of the finest shapes in automotive history, an homage to the Miura would surely find lots of takers.

Connectivity Upgrades Raise 2020 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Prices By $530

The 2020 NV200 cargo van gains a new 7-inch touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM Radio.

Kia Admits Stinger Successor Is In Doubt As Sales Didn’t Live Up To Expectations

The sports saloon was always going to be a halo car for Kia, yet they believed it would be successful at least in the U.S. – and that didn’t happen.

G-Power Pumps Up The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe To 789 HP

Thanks to new turbochargers and software, plus a few other parts, Merc’s super SUV benefits from a significant increase in power.

Semi-Truck Carrying 44,000 Lbs Of Nutella Crashes In Michigan

Good thing the chocolate delight was in jars and not liquid form, or that highway would probably be closed to traffic for more than 2.5 hours .

McLaren Speedtail Build Slot Pops Up For Sale At $5.5 Million

Production of the 1,035 HP hyper GT is limited to 106 units worldwide, so it’s to be expected for flippers to exploit this to the fullest.

Have A Listen At The Tesla Model 3’s Pedestrian Warning Sound

Tesla’s new noisemaker for the Model 3 actually makes two sounds, one for going forward and one for reverse, and they’re (fittingly) futuristic.

California And 22 Other States Sue U.S. Government Over Auto Emissions Standards

The war between the Trump administration, who revoked states’ rights to set their own standards, and state officials is escalating.

Mercedes Is Asking $53k For 22,000-Mile 1982 S-Class In Showroom Condition

Currently residing at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, this classic S-Class has undergone a thorough restoration by the company itself and is accompanied by all documents and invoices .