Bollinger has been keeping us excited about its B1 all-electric utility truck throughout its development program, but the path to production hasn’t been clear.

Now the New York-based startup announces a partnership with an engineering firm to bring its all-electric vehicle to production as soon as next year.

Producing a cool electric prototype vehicle is one thing, but making a road-legal production-ready vehicle, electric or not, is another thing.

Which is why Bollinger Motors announced today that it has chosen Optimal, Inc. of Plymouth, MI to “help bring the Bollinger B1 all-electric, all-wheel-drive Sport Utility Truck to production.”

Bollinger Motors Founder Robert Bollinger commented:

“Optimal is the best partner to work with my team to keep improving upon an amazing concept. Together we’re going to make the B1 more efficient, more powerful, more capable and production-ready.”

The two companies now plan on finalizing their work on the Bollinger B1 by the end of 2018, on target for a late 2019 start of production.

As we previously reported, Bollinger recently updated its all-electric utility truck specs with a bigger battery pack for 200 miles of range.

Bollinger says that the B1 will have “a 120-kWh battery pack providing a minimum 200-mile range”:

The Bollinger Motors B1 features an all-aluminum chassis and body with a dual-motor electric powertrain married to a 120-kWh battery pack providing a minimum 200-mile range. The 5,000-pound truck has a payload capacity of 5,000 pounds, and an adjustable suspension can vary ground clearance from 10 to 20 inches.

It’s a significant improvement in both overall energy capacity and efficiency to achieve a 66% increase in range.

The increase could make it a usable daily driver as well as a off-road workhorse.

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