Here’s another startup trying to reach automaker status – Bollinger has been teasing us about their new B1 electric truck for quite some time, and now the time has come to see it in the metal.
Just like the conventional one, the electric market is growing towards the larger models – those favored by a large portion of buyers today against hatchbacks and sedans, of which we have plenty with pug-in ports. So we salute ideas like the one coming from Bollinger – because it will help the electric market overall. Big models such as the Tesla Model S and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid need support – the Tesla Semi is not going to be mainstream, even when released. Now there’s also an electric truck – the B1 was introduced by the start-up in New York at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan, speaking of “the world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive, off/on road sport utility truck.”
The truck is ready for work – a bed and pass-through area that can hold 72 sheets of 1/2-inch plywood or 24 2x4s – or relaxation, with room for four persons. The space is enabled by the placement of the battery and powertrain in between the chassis rails. Standard features include 60 or 100 kWh battery packs, for 120 or 200 miles of range, with performance capabilities of 0-60 mile-per-hour time of 4.5 seconds and 127 mph top speed thanks to the 360 horsepower and 472 foot-pounds of torque motor. Recharging will last 7 hours (60 kWh) or 12 hours (100 kWh), but there’s also CHAdeMO DC Fast Charging capabilities for 45 or 75 minutes, respectively. You’ll also be able to play with a pack of Wranglers, thanks to the 15.5-inch ground clearance (adjustable to between 10 and 20 inches), 50/50 weight balance and dimensions: 150 inches long, 76.5 inches wide, and 73.5 inches high. 6,100 pounds is the figure for both towing and payload capacity. Bollinger is still discussing with “third-party independent vehicle manufacturers in the U.S. who are conducting feasibility studies and financial estimates.” It looks great, hope it’s not Faraday Future vaporware all over again.