As the world pushes closer towards the future of electrification, several startup automakers have popped up to try and capitalize on the slow moving industry. You can say what you will about Tesla Motors, but Elon definitely set the precedent on this front. But not every electric automaker is a combination of Wall Street money and Silicon Valley sensibilities though. Bollinger Motors demonstrates this as good as anyone. Headquartered in Metro Detroit, Bollinger plans to offer the only Class 3 electric vehicles on the market via their B1 SUV, B2 Pickup, and Deliver-E models. While we’ve already seen the prototypes, the SUV and pickup models aren’t slated to begin production until late 2021. That doesn’t mean that Bollinger Motors is done working however, as they have just released the updated design intentions for the B1 and B2 models.
To say that the Bollinger Motors B1 SUV and B2 pickup featured simplistic styling could not be more accurate. While the company may say that this decision was made to evoke SUVs of yesteryear, it really boils down to the press brake construction of the bodywork. As a result of this constrained production method, the overall design of the two vehicles hasn’t shifted much. The Bollinger Motors products retain their boxy shape, though the design is more refined than it once was.
The beltline on both trucks has been raised, as has the overall height of the greenhouse to improve head clearance. The glass is larger all around as well, though the sliding window cassettes have been replaced by manual crank windows. The biggest design change actually comes under the skin, thanks to some improvements in thermal management. The company now only needs to use a single radiator behind the bumper, as opposed to the two top-mounted radiators it once utilized. This opened up more space in the frunk, and allowed the headlights to be pushed further out towards the corners. This mirrors how the taillights are set up, tying the design together. On the pickup models, the bed is now a separate body piece to allow easier repairs and chassis cab configuration.
The updated design may be an improvement, but the Bollinger lineup certainly carries a particular ascetic. It is a design buyers are going to have to fall in love with too, considering both vehicles carry a base price of $125,000. Tell us what you think of the adjustments below, and let us know which startup EV has you most excited.