Michigan-Based electric vehicle company Bollinger Motors have made a massive stride forward this week. The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the company a patent for their exclusive Passthrough and Frunkgate technology, according to a press release put out by the EV automaker.
Bollinger Motors is a unique company in the ever-growing EV landscape. They offer the only Class 3 electric vehicles on the market right now, thanks to their B1 SUV and B2 Pickup truck models. Inspired by founder Robert Bollinger’s time on his farm, the Bollinger Trucks aimed to redesign the pickup, not simply electrify it. The E-chassis that underpins all of the Bollinger Motors products allows for the truck to pack some interesting features, such as the Passthrough and Frunkgate.
Because there is no traditional powertrain in the way, Bollinger was able to create a space that extends the entire length of the vehicle for storage. Whether it be boards, oars or a tall ladder, the Bollinger vehicles can carry it thanks to an uninterrupted 13-foot or 16-foot path in SUV and Truck spec respectively. You can access this storage space from either the frunkgate (a tailgate placed on the frunk) or rear tailgate, as well as through a passage inside the cabin.
The frunk of the trucks is a massive bonus as well, offering up 8.6 cubic feet of storage space. It even contains four electrical outlets made for charging and storing power tools on the job site. While everyone might not agree with the merits of this Passthrough System, Bollinger are certainly innovators for finding a way to utilize this space.
Bollinger Motors may not have the backing that other EV manufacturers enjoy, but that hasn’t stopped them from putting out some compelling offerings. The company is still waiting to be granted a patent for their Class 3 all-wheel drive vehicle design.