BOLLINGER B1 IS BORN
BOLLINGER MOTORS REVEALS THE WORLD’S FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC UTE, THE B1.
BOLLINGER Motors has dropped the curtains on its B1, the world’s first all-electric sport utility truck. Revealed at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan in New York, the all-wheel drive B1 employs a dual-motor powertrain configuration, with front- and rear-mounted synchronous electric motors. This full-time all-wheel drive system is capable of delivering 270kw and 640Nm.
“We are so thrilled to be able to finally take the wraps off of our Bollinger B1 SUT,” founder and CEO, Robert Bollinger, said. “This is the culmination of what has been a 40-year-long boyhood dream of mine and I couldn’t be more pleased with the vehicle and the incredible team who worked so hard to create it.”
Two lithium-ion batterypack options (60kwh and 100kwh) will be offered for production models, providing maximum ranges of either 120 miles (193km) or 200 miles (322km). Charging includes conventional 110V and 220V options, as well as Level 3 “DC Fast” charging. The battery packs are designed to withstand being submerged in 3.3ft of water for 30 minutes.
“At either a 120 or 200 mile estimated range, the Bollinger B1 will have more range than most electric vehicles on the road today,” John Hutchison, Bollinger Motors engineer, said.
CJ Winegar, another Bollinger Motors engineer, added: “The B1 combines Bollinger Motors’ advanced all-wheel-drive system with our all-electric powertrain to produce best-in-class horsepower, torque and ground clearance.”
Self-levelling, fourwheel independent, hydropneumatic suspension can adjust ground clearance between 10 and 20 inches. While approach, departure and breakover angles are 56 degrees, 53 degrees and 33 degrees, respectively.
The B1’s off-road credentials are improved further thanks to its advanced, all-aluminium chassis and high-strength, low-alloy steel rollover structure. The 1769kg B1 has a payload capacity of 2767kg. Rolling stock is in the form of BFG Mud Terrain LT285/70/R17 tyres on aluminium wheels. The minimalist
interior is designed with offroading in mind, evidenced by the rubber seals and gaskets of the instruments (and polyurethane-coated floor plans) which can all be hosed down.
“Since the B1 is an allelectric truck, it’s really a portable energy source,” Bollinger added.
“So we put 100 volt (US) plugs throughout the truck so you can use it to power any equipment and tools you might need out in the field. USB and 12 volt plugs are also integrated into the dash to cover all power needs.”
Bollinger Motors is currently in talks with thirdparty manufacturers in the United States, and it’s also reviewing options for potential build facilities.
“While we’ll be announcing pricing and manufacturing targets later this year, the business case for the B1 makes sense at a very realistic and modest production number and at a price point of a nicely equipped sport utility vehicle,” Bollinger said. “When you factor in this vehicle’s superiority over the other choices on today’s market, we think we have a winning combination.”
Once manufacturing is locked away, deliveries are expected to start in the US within 19 months.
For info, head to: www. bollingermotors.com
“The interior follows the design of the exterior, using simplicity and straight-forwardness,” Ross Compton (design).