Today, Bollinger Motors unveiled what it calls a “no nonsense back-to-basics all-electric sport utility truck (SUT).”
The minimalist-looking vehicle with sharp edges and bare interior will not be for everyone, but with a promised range of up to 200 miles and quite a few interesting features, it could check all the boxes of a lot of people looking to buy an EV that can go on and off road.
The New York-based startup brought the prototype to the Classic Car Club of Manhattan. They released the entire spec list, which we added at the end of this article, and revealed almost everything about the vehicle except for the price.
Bollinger Motors’ founder and CEO, Robert Bollinger, commented on the unveiling:
“We are so thrilled to be able to finally take the wraps off of our Bollinger B1 SUT. 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.”
We had already a pretty good idea of the design, which features a lightweight aluminum architecture and minimalist body, through several teasers released over the past few months but we now get our first complete good look at the vehicle:
Bollinger makes a big deal of the cargo capacity of the B1 and rightfully so. The rear seats are removable and when out of the way, it has 95 cu-ft of cargo space. It also has 14 cu-ft of front trunk capacity.
For example, they say that they can fit 24 2x4s or 72 4×8 drywall sheets.
Therefore, the vehicle could prove an interesting option for handymen and people looking to work out of their vehicle – especially when complemented with “twin 110-volt power outlets which allow occupants the ability to hook up their electronic devices, camping equipment, power tools or whatever the adventure calls for.”
Its powertrain, which is a dual motor all-wheel-drive system, also supports significant towing and load capacity. The company describes:
“While the Bollinger B1 sports serious off-roading credentials, the vehicle also has impressive performance statistics generating 360 horsepower and a massive 472 lb-ft of torque. And with the instant torque provided courtesy of the electric drivetrain, the B1 has a noteworthy 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 127 miles per hour. The B1 weighs in at just 3,900 lbs giving it a 10.8 power to weight ratio. With a payload capacity of 6,100 lbs, the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) checks in at just over 10,001 lbs.”
Two battery pack options will be made available, 60 kWh and 100 kWh, for 120 miles and 200 miles in range.
Of course, the range will be reduced depending on the load, but it should be more than enough for most drivers.
John Hutchison, Bollinger Motors engineer, commented:
“At either a 120 or 200 mile estimated range, the Bollinger B1 will have more range than most electric vehicles on the road today. The average US driver travels less than 36 miles per day, so the B1 has plenty of charge for anything you throw at it. I think we found the right combination of utility, off-road capability and range options.”
As for charging the battery, the B1 has a standard J1772 universal connector for level 1 110V and level 2 220V charging. Additionally, it also features a CHAdeMO charge port on the vehicle’s fender for DC fast-charging.
Now if you think the exterior is minimalist, wait until you see the interior of the truck:
The old-school instrument cluser will also feature the battery indicator:
“A mechanical speedometer is employed with an odometer inset; a battery level indicator; turn signals; and there’s also a unique mechanical tachometer which displays the average of the two motor’s revolutions per minute. All of the gauges have chrome bezels, black backgrounds and white numbering and lettering giving the IP a clean and classic look.”
Despite its classic look, it also features almost all the common electronics found in modern vehicles today, like AM/FM Radio, AUX Input for iPod/MP3 Players and SD/USB Flash Readers.
As for when you can actually get the car and at what price, Bollinger says that it will have to wait until later this year:
“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. When you factor in this vehicle’s superiority over the other choices on today’s market, we think we have a winning combination.”
The company says that it is currently working with third-party manufacturers and it aims to get to production within 19 months. They will also start taking reservation next year.
BOLLINGER B1 SPECIFICATIONS
- Passengers: 4
- Seat Material and Color: Black Leather
- Drive: AWD
- 0-60 (sec): 4.5
- Top Speed (mph): 127
- Horsepower: 360
- Torque (lb-ft): 472
- Total Vehicle Weight (lbs): 3,900
- Chassis Weight (lbs): 295
- Power / Weight Ratio: 10.8
- Energy Storage (kWh) :60 or 100
- Range (mi): 120 or 200
- Motor: Dual Front/ Rear
- MPGe (est): 67.4
- Wheelbase (in): 105
- Length (in): 150
- Width (in): 76.5
- Height (in): 73.5
- Rear Track: 68
- Ground Clearance (in): Adjustable between 10 – 20
- Approach/ Breakover / Departure: 56/33/53
- Payload Capacity (lbs): 6,100
- Total Cargo Capacity w rear seats removed including the frunk and passthrough area (cu ft): 95
- Storage Capacity Frunk (cu ft): 14
- Towing Capacity (lbs): 6,100
- How many sticks of 2x4s can fit through the passthrough: 24
- Length from front to rear liftgates with liftgates closed (ft): 12
- Length from front to rear liftgates with liftgates open (ft): 15′ 4″
- Number of 1/2″ sheets of 4×8 drywall stacked bottom to top on the rear cargo area: 72
- Wheel Size Front/Rear “LT285/70/R17
- Wheel Color: Black Satin
- GVWR (lbs): 10,001
- Charging Ports: J1772 (110 & 220) & CHAdeMO (DC Fast)
- Brakes: 11.75 inch vented; regenerative; 4-wheel anti-lock inboard discs
- Width/ height of the pass-thru (in) 13″ wide x 14″ high
- Charge Time 60 kWh (From fully depleted) Level 2 (220v): 7.3 hours DC Fast: 45 min
- Charge Time 100kWh (From fully depleted) Level 2 (220v): 12.1 hours DC Fast: 75 min
- Weight Balance: 50/50
- Skid Plate Thickness: 1/4 inch ribbed aluminum
- Exterior Color: Gunhouse Grey with Black Accents