Bollinger B1 Bows: First full EV Ute
Start-up Bollinger Motors has revealed its all-electric B1 sport utility truck promising performance and range that rivals conventionally powered vehicles of its type. The all-wheel drive B1 will offer two battery packs, a 60 or 100 kWh, which can deliver either 120 or 200 miles between charges. With front- and rear-mounted electric motors delivering power to all four wheels, the B1 promises 0-60 mph acceleration of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 127 mph.
The B1 motors develop 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque for the vehicle, which weighs just 3,900 pounds thanks to its aluminum-intensive structure. Bollinger said the power-to-weight ratio is 10.8 pounds per horsepower. Riding on a 105-inch wheelbase, the Bollinger B1 is fairly compact measuring 150 inches overall and standing 73.5 inches tall and 76.5 inches wide.
As befitting the spiritual EV successor to groundbreaking vehicles like the original Jeep and Land Rover, the Bollinger B1 has a minimalistic approach to both its boxy exterior styling and the interior accommodations. The company says the cabin is that way by design to provide only the necessary controls to operate the vehicle both on- and off-road. There’s a traditional three-spoke steering wheel with an on-the-column shift lever with a conventional PRNDL configuration. The dash also includes switches and controls for the lights, windshield wipers, air suspension, built-in winch, differential locks, fan speed and the HVAC system.
Since there’s no conventional drivetrain beneath the hood, that storage area can be accessed from the passenger compartment via a 13 by 14 inch pass-through door in the dash. “Since the B1 is an all-electric truck, it’s really a portable energy source,” said Lee Bollinger, company founder. “So we put 100 volt plugs through the truck so you can use it to power any equipment and tools you might need out in the field. USB and 12-volt plugs are also integrated into the dah to cover all power needs.”
While the Bollinger B1 was show in pre-production form, the company itself is still in a start-up mode, talking to third-party independent vehicle manufacturers and conducting feasibility and financial studies. “The business case for the B1 makes sense at a very realistic and modest production number and at a price point of a nicely equipped sport utility vehicle,” Bollinger said. “When you factor in this vehicle’s superiority over the choices on today’s market, we think we have a winning combination.”
Once manufacturing is settled on, the company says it can produce the first vehicles for delivery within 19 months and is looking to sell the vehicles directly to consumers.