Bollinger Electric Pickup and SUV Prototypes Revealed
Bollinger Motors, the hope-to-be makers of the all-aluminum, boxy electric pickup trucks and SUVs revealed its four-door versions and better specs than previously advertised. The Michigan-based manufacturer has been developing these for what seems like forever. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t know when its severely square EVs will be available for sale, nor what they will cost.
It would seem that they are closer to production, but years and years of development have yet to produce but a few prototypes. Back in 2017, Bollinger claimed over 10,000 reservations to purchase the B1 which is its Bronco-like SUV.
Now it has shown the B2 which is the pickup version of the B1. The rugged-looking beast of a truck is a natural progression of the B1 and will help Bollinger fill out its product line and amortize costs over several models. The B2 specifications are similar to the B1 and those specs have improved since the last time we reported on Bollinger.
Bollinger SUV Adds Dual-Motors
Originally conceived as a single electric motor platform, Bollinger now has dual motors for 614 hp and 668 lb-ft of torque. Range has also been improved with a 120 kWh battery giving 200 miles. 60 mph is achieved in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 100 mph. That may seem on the slightly low side but who is going to need 100 mph out in the desert with few charging stations between cactus?
The B2 weighs 5,000 lbs while the B1 comes in at 4,500 lbs. With a 7,500 towing capacity and 5,000 lb payload the B2 will be made to haul. Ground clearance can be adjusted by the driver with a range of 10 to 20 inches. There will also be a two-speed gearbox for high and low range as any good off-road vehicle should have.
While EV truck manufacturer Rivian has made headlines with both its products and also with the flood of investments from companies like Amazon and Ford Motor Company, and other manufacturers will follow, Bollinger has been silently developing its SUVs. Bollinger is obviously more of a niche manufacturer as its B1 and B2 are more austere and specialized than Rivian’s.
B2s Reveal Livestream
So, Bollinger is not expected to be in the same arena as Rivian, but as such we are hoping that it can take a giant step from reveals to actual production. If you would like to see a vid of the recent reveal Motor Biscuit has it below. You can see among other things some shots of aerodynamic testing, which seems unusual for a vehicle that has hard edges, flat surfaces and a top speed of 100 mph.
But you would be surprised how some designs that seem like they might have the aero of a brick can actually be quite streamlined, so maybe we’ll get those aero numbers next time around.
Until then we are anxiously awaiting a test drive to see if the Bollinger B1 and B2 are as fun to drive as they are to look at.