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Detroit Electric has recently pulled the wraps off the “fastest electric vehicle in the world”, the SP:01, during the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.

The Detroit Electric SP:01 has been officially presented to the public during the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, in a world premiere, after it was teased for the event just a few weeks ago. Detroit Electric says that the SP:01 is “the fastest electric vehicle in the world” and the company is also advertising the model’s layout, with a mid-mounted electric motor. A total of 35 orders have been received for the SP:01, and if you’re interested in it you should hurry up because only 999 units will be produced, each one costing 135,000 USD.

Power to the Detroit Electric SP:01 is coming from an electric motor which is good for 201 BHP (150 kW) and 225 Nm of torque (166 lb-ft), mated to a 37 kWh battery pack. The 1,067 kg (2,354 lbs) EV has a carbon fiber body and the electric motor is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, from the Lotus Elise, with the final two gears deactivated. Future owners can also order a two-speed automatic transmission. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint is done in 3.7 seconds and top speed stands at 250 km/h (155 mph). The model has a total range of 306 km (190 miles) and charging the battery takes just over 4 hours.