Bollinger Motors unveils two futuristic electric trucks

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By James Raia 

Bollinger Motors, founded in 2015 by Robert Bollinger, manufactures the B1 Electric Sport Utility Truck and B2 Electric Pickup Truck.

A 4×4 off-road and street legal, all-wheel-drive electric truck, Bollinger’s utilitarian looks challenge the norms of mainstream truck design.

Bollinger Motors manufactures the B1 and B2 utilitarian electric trucks.
Bollinger Motors manufactures the B1 and B2 utilitarian electric trucks. Image © James Raia/2019

Headquartered outside of Detroit in Ferndale, Michigan, the Bollinger two-door B1 prototype, unveiled in 2017, is displayed at The Peterson Museum in Los Angeles.

The trucks have a standard ground clearance of 15 inches (with five inches of wiggle room on either side), a 5,201-pound payload capacity and a 7,500-pound towing capacity. The trucks also have a two-speed Hi/Lo gearbox.

With styling similarities to an International, Jeep and Land Rover, the B1 and B2 are 89 inches wide, 208 inches long and classified as class 3 heavy-duty trucks.

The B1 and B2 have an aluminum chassis with the center structure of the vehicle extending from the front bumper to the rear. The trucks have two motors, each producing more than 300 horsepower and a fully hydraulic suspension system.

The truck can lower to 10-inch clearance for help with egress and loading. The truck can also raise for up to 20 inches of clearance, while self-leveling front to back and side to side.

Bollinger estimates approximately a 200-mile driving range on a full charge or a 70 MPGe rating from the EPA. The vehicles are equipped with several levels of chargers. The quickest Level 3 charger will enable a 75-minute recharge time, according to Bollinger. The trucks pull energy from a 120 kWh battery pack mounted in the center floor area of the vehicle.

The B1 and B2 are currently in pre-production mode. The company in November 2019 announced the truck’s debut MSRP of $125,000, with reservations of $1,000 available for the pending two vehicles. Visit Bollinger Motors here.

A podcast with Robert Bollinger, taped at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, is featured on TheWeeklyDriverPodcast.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and newsletter both with sign-ups available on his website: www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Bob p

1. Incredibly expensive 2. As of now no EV can be towed unless it’s FWD using a dolly 3. Unless you have a dedicated hi-wattage charger it could take a couple of days to recharge using the average extension cord. 4. If you buy a Tesla and have a minor fender bender you can only take it to Tesla approved repair shops, and then it could take several weeks before Tesla can send the replacement parts to fix it. Reference TFL Car on you tube for their experience with this. EVs are great commuter cars but they are a long way from replacement cars for gas powered cars. We have 8 recharging stations in our rural south central TN town, I have yet to see an EV plugged into one of them. Yes they are cheaper to operate, nowhere near the parts of an ICE car. When it is a TOTAL replacement for a normal car meaning when I can drive one 350 miles without recharging, I can pull into a recharging station and “fill ‘er up” in less than 10 minutes, can hook up a trailer that weighs less than 5000 lbs. and travel more than 75 miles without having to recharge, and the price drops to a reasonable level, only then will I consider an EV.

John M.

Realize the price is $125,000

Sink Jaxon

Everything about these ‘lectric trucks is really appealing, EXCEPT the re-charge time… just not good when long distance travelling. I’d even accept a 20 minute charge time. But starting with a full tank, I can go 400 miles in 6 to 7 hours with one fill-up that takes about 10 minutes. But an hour and 15 minute charge time for 200 miles just don’t get it. Maybe someday.

TPalmer

Looks like old Land Rover Defender

Brent Jatko

I hope they’re more affordable than the current offerings.. .

Thomas

More pictures would hAve been nice. Doesn’t look like it will work for a slide in camper though.