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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. bollinger­mo­

“The in­te­rior fol­lows the de­sign of the ex­te­rior, us­ing sim­plic­ity and straight-for­ward­ness,” Ross Comp­ton (de­sign).

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