Bollinger has been keeping us excited about its B1 all-electric utility truck throughout its development program as it attempts to bring the vehicle to production.
In the latest development, the EV startup unveils a front fascia refresh for better aerodynamic performance.
The B1’s design doesn’t scream “aerodynamic performance”.
It was actually designed to have the most simple line possible and be easy to manufacture.
The result is a very rugged but brick-like look.
That’s not something that makes for a great aerodynamic performance, which is important to achieve greater efficiency and ultimately range, but the Bollinger Motors team says that it has now made some “subtle design adjusts based on air flow studies.”
It resulted in a new front fascia. Here are the before and after on those changes:
As you can see, it mainly consists of integrating the headlights into larger air intakes and changing the exit of the air flow from the side to the hood.
The EV startup released this video about the changes:
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.
Earlier this year, Bollinger partnered with Optimal, Inc. of Plymouth, MI to “help bring the Bollinger B1 all-electric, all-wheel-drive Sport Utility Truck to production.”
The two companies now plan on finalizing their work on the Bollinger B1 by the end of 2018, which will be on target for a late 2019 start of production.
As we previously reported, we are pretty excited about what Bollinger is working on.
They are trying to bring to market a rather simple yet robust off/on-road all-electric utility truck to fill a small but currently untouched segment for electric vehicles.
Actually making it to production is always the tough part, but we will keep a close eye on what they are up to leading up to next year’s launch.
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