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BOLLINGER MOTORS SHIFTS FOCUS TO COMMERCIAL VEHICLE OPPORTUNITIES

The B1 And B2 Electric Vehicles Have Been Shuffled Into The Bottom Of The Deck

Bollinger Motors B1 B2 Chassis Cab CC Chass-E
Bollinger Motors B2 Chassis Cab. Image Courtesy of Bollinger Motors.

In 2019, Bollinger Motors boldly brought forward the B1 and B2; a fully electric truck and SUV pair that promised unique innovations, and boxy looks that would make any Land Rover Defender fan palpitate. We even chatted with CEO Robert Bollinger about those vehicles. Yet even as 2019 wasn’t really all that long ago, the automotive landscape is already drastically different, and promises to be even more different in the years to come. The Corvette moved its engine around. Ford no longer sells passenger cars in America. And Dodge is having something to do with electric vehicles. Moreover, there’s been incredible disruption in the electric truck and SUV space, the very arenas where Bollinger promised to compete in. The well-funded Rivian R1T, relatively affordable Ford F-150 Lightning, and upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV have since debuted or began production before Bollinger can bring either the B1 and B2 to market.

Somewhere in the short timeline of all these new electric truck revelations, Bollinger flinched.

Bollinger B1 Electric SUV
Bollinger B1 electric SUV. Image via Bollinger Motors.

Officially, and effective immediately, Bollinger Motors is shuffling the B1 and B2 to the bottom of product deck, as the company chooses instead to focus on commercial electric vehicle solutions for GVWR classes 3-6.

“We started Bollinger Motors in 2015 with a dream and a desire to make the best trucks possible,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “We’ve put countless hours of hard work and passion into making something that makes us proud. However, today, we’re postponing the consumer trucks’ development and shifting our focus to commercial trucks and fleets.”

Bollinger confirmed in a press release that anyone who placed a deposit on the B1 and B2 will receive a refund

Bollinger Motors Is Already Developing Electric Commercial Vehicle Chassis

Bollinger Motors has been working on the development of its commercial-grade Chass-E electric chassis, so the shelving of the B1 and B2 will help dial in the focus of the company’s personnel. Spanning between multiple GVWR weight classes, the Bollinger Chass-E-3 is said to have a payload of up to 8,000 lbs, Chass-E-4 a payload up to 9,000 lbs, and the Chass-E-5 a payload up to 11,500 lbs. All three Bollinger Chass-E platforms pull their energy from patent-pending Bollinger Motors 700-volt battery packs, available in 140, 210, and 280 kWh sizes. The bandwidth makes the electric chassis a strong zero-emissions solution for several use cases.

Bollinger Motors also debuted its Deliver-E van last summer, with varying battery sizes between 70, 105, 140, 175, and 210 kWh. The Deliver-E van spans between Class 2b and Class 5.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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