BOLLINGER BENCHMARKED MERCEDES, LAND ROVER, JEEP, SAYS CEO

The Electric Startup Automaker Set A High Bar For Itself

Back in September, Muscle Cars and Trucks was invited to the official reveal of the all-electric Bollinger Motors B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck. And recently, the Ferndale-based company has announced more details about these new entries into the electric truck segment.

Bollinger Motors have announced that the B1 SUV and B2 pickup will start production in 2020, with the first deliveries expected to land in 2021. The American-made electric trucks feature dual permanent magnet AC motors front and rear, with a total output of 614 horsepower and 668 ft. Power is stored in a 120 kWh battery pack capable of achieving 200 miles of range, according to Bollinger Motors. The electric vehicles have a quoted 10 hour charging time through a 220-volt plug, or just 75 minutes via a DC fast charger.

The price to have such a capable vehicle is, as you can imagine, very premium. Both the Bollinger B1 Sport Utility Truck and the B2 Pickup Truck will have an MSRP of $125,000, and the company is currently accepting $1,000 returnable deposits on their website.

Bollinger B1 SUV

When developing the B1 and B2, the team at Bollinger Motors weren’t shy about testing their vehicles against some of the biggest names in the SUV segment with far more conventional powertrains.

“We benchmarked against Land Rover Defenders, Mercedes G-Wagons, and Jeep Rubicons,” founder and CEO Robert Bollinger said in an interview with Muscle Cars and Trucks. “Mostly we went after vehicles that have a lot of off-road capabilities. It was mostly this capability that we benchmarked against.”

In fact, Robert Bollinger said that a lot of the interest that they have received has come from current of former Land Rover owners, particularly those who appreciate the green aspect of the Bollinger products. While Bollinger Motors may have used these off-roaders as a benchmark, on paper the B1 and B2 appear to have an advantage over the more traditional choices when the going gets tough. The dual electric motors are electronically linked for full time all-wheel drive, and the trucks feature front and rear electronic locking differentials. Both of the Bollinger products feature a market-leading 15-inches of ground clearance, and 10-inches of wheel travel due to the helical geared axle hubs at all four corners. The suspension is also manually adjustable via toggles on the dashboard, which allows the driver to raise or lower the Bollinger B1 or B2 an additional 5-inches.

The vintage styling was chosen to go against the grain of what an EV is expected to be according to Robert Bollinger, but there are also production reasons for this design as well. All the body panels are made in house with a press break, with this equipment making the simple geometric design language necessary. While we like the look, we could see how some might consider this cost savings, especially at the price point.

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Written by Lucas Allen

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