EV start-up Mullen Automotive has announced the purchase of a controlling interest in Bollinger Motors for $148.2 million in cash and stock. As the new majority owner, Mullen has already shared intentions to use the cash to resume Bollinger’s halt to B1 and B2 electric truck production while continuing to pursue the development of class 3-6 medium-duty electric trucks.
EV startup Bollinger Motors just announced it is pausing development of its two flagship EVs – the B1 sport utility truck and B2 pickup, to focus instead on the commercial market. Bollinger has been working to deliver these two consumer EVs since 2015.
Gas generators still own the portable, emergency home-backup power space. Ten years ago there was a lot of hope and hype for using all the energy stored inside EVs’ batteries to power your entire house, but it hasn’t come to pass. No EV maker will sell you a bidirectional charger, outside of Japan and a handful of small utility pilots.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Ford F-150 will come with the option for its own built-in, onboard gas generator. And aftermarket companies, like Indiana’s Real AC power, offer sleek, chassis-integrated generator systems (pictured above) for internal combustion engine (ICE) trucks. EV makers ceded this space for unknown reasons. But now Tesla CEO Elon Musk has teased a 240V AC power outlet on the Cybertruck, something neither Rivian nor Bollinger have announced. We don’t know how many watts we can expect, though. So will the Tesla Cybertruck finally offer EV enthusiasts a path to navigate societal collapse? Or are we stuck with settling for “head’s up, you’re going to lose power” messages?
We’re here at the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show, and the first thing we spotted through the doorway was the Bollinger Motors display, which is the first time these vehicles have been shown to the public.
Bollinger makes a B-1 SUV that looks like an electric offspring of an AMG Scout and a Hummer. The B-2 Pickup adds a longer exposed bed to the rear. I anticipate the crowds will be quite big like the showing Rivian had last year…
While EV enthusiasts haven’t had a lot of luck with electric car startups lately, we are pretty excited about Bollinger Motors going into the off/on-road utility truck market with a Jeep-like all-electric truck.
Now the startup has released footage of its working prototype off-roading and track testing. Expand Expanding Close