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Roadster Refresh from Detroit Electric?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by RobsJester, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. RobsJester

    RobsJester Member

    Jan 24, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA
    Electrek reports Detroit Electric just inked a 1.8billion dollar investment from China’s Far East Smarter Energy Group.

    Detroit Electric gets $1.8 billion investment from China to recreate Tesla’s strategy

    It seems Detroit Electric is following Tesla's origin story closely, and starting with a two seater Roadster. In fact, when I say closely, they are following Tesla's Roadster blueprint exactly by sourcing Elise chassis from Lotus... and while they are at it, picking up motors from AC Propulsion. And further disregarding the biggest lessons Tesla learned from Roadster 1.0, there is even interior pict's of a stick shift - so they may be replicating the mistake of Roadster 1.0, the two-speed transmission - except as a slushbox manual o_O

    I applaud DE for attempting to offer an aspirational convertible EV, and I think there is a market for an electric two seater with refreshed interior and modern safety systems. But was disheartened to read DE's Roadster only offers a 34kwh battery (which is 1/3rd less capacity than the 2008 Roadster's stock battery, and less than half the capacity of the new 3.0 80kwh upgrade). Then I hoped the smaller battery would favor a mind-numbing 0-60 time, but Electrek is reporting the acceleration matches what tesla offered in 2008 ~ 3.9sec (and is still slower than a seven year old Sport - let's not even mention a 5,000lbs P100D).

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  2. James Anders

    James Anders Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Southampton, PA
    Performance and range are disappointing.
  3. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2013
    San Mateo, CA
    Detroit Electric has been trying to get their EV production going for years now. This has been discussed before on TMC.
  4. triakter

    triakter Member

    Jan 24, 2016
    SLC, UT
    That iPad-sized stereo binnacle, though... wonder if there's any chance that could be fitted to replace the singe-DIN Roadster setup...
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  5. strider

    strider Active Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    NE Oklahoma
    Wow, I am speechless. How the F do they think they can get $100k for a car that has less range and is slower than a 10-year-old Roadster? Just go spend $60K on a used Roadster (you'll still have more range and better acceleration than a new DE). This company is full of idiots.
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  6. Roadster

    Roadster JdeMO Powered

    Dec 10, 2016
    Finally, video of this car! Looks like CNBC will air the full episode this Thursday.


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