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Bollinger Motors doubles down on commercial vehicles, postpones B1 and B2 consumer models

Bollinger Motors has announced that it will focus on its commercial vehicle development. As a result, it has postponed its two consumer models, the B1, and B2. The company says this move will allow it to focus its efforts on the commercial side of its business, enabling it to grow and develop technologies that will make a bigger impact in the future. Bollinger says it will refund the deposits to those who put reservations down on the B1 and B2.

The Bollinger B1 was an AWD, dual-motor SUV with up to 618 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. It can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds according to Bollinger and had a range of over 200 miles per charge thanks to its 142-kWh battery pack. The SUV also came with a two-speed high/low range gearbox and locking front and rear differentials. The B2 was essentially the truck version of the B1 and had similar specifications. Pricing for the B1 and B2 started at $125,000.

“We started Bollinger Motors in 2015 with a dream and a desire to make the best trucks possible,” said Robert Bollinger, CEO of Bollinger Motors. “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.”

The company revealed that it will focus on Class 3 to 6 commercial vehicles and revealed the ladder frames that will underpin its offerings. Class 3 trucks will have a cargo capacity of up to 800 cubic feet, a wheelbase ranging from 139- to 159 inches, and a GVWR of 14,000 pounds. Moving up, the Class 4 models will have up to 1,000 cubic feet of cargo space, a wheelbase ranging from 159 to 177 inches, 16,000 pounds. Class 5 trucks will have a wheelbase of up to 190 inches, a cargo volume of over 1,200 pounds, and a GVWR of 19,500 pounds. The most capable Class 6 model can haul up to 1,500 cubic feet and has a wheelbase of up to 243 inches. All vehicles have a range of over 200 miles.

Every model looks like it’ll come with a dually configuration. Based on the photos Bollinger released, most of the powertrain components are in front of the vehicle but there also appears to be a second electric drive motor on the rear axle. The batteries are sandwiched within the ladder frame and are likely to make the vehicle more rigid. One of the photos also shows the different types of applications that the platforms can underpin. This includes tow trucks, dump trucks, cargo vans, delivery vans, box vans, chassis cabs, and more. Bollinger will offer extensive customizations so that you can configure exactly to your needs. Pricing for a chassis cab starts at $70,000.

Bollinger says that the company will apply all of the knowledge gained from developing the consumer versions of the B1 SUV and the B2 pickup. The company hasn’t said when its commercial vehicles will be available and specifications are subject to change closer to production.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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