writer: Eric Walz
The rugged Bollinger Motors B1 sport-utility truck was unveiled in Sept 2019.
Electric truck startup Bollinger Motors, which was focusing on the truck and SUV market with its rugged and utilitarian automobiles, introduced that its will postpone its entry into the electrical passenger automobile market and focus on constructing electrical vans for business functions as an alternative.
Bollinger Motors, which was based in 2015, mentioned it would manufacture all-electrical platforms and chassis cabs for business automobiles in Classes 3-6.
The information was introduced right this moment by way of video on Bollinger’s Instagram and YouTube.
The firm deliberate to promote two rugged electrical vans, the B1 sport-utility truck and B2 pickup, which had been unveiled in Sept 2019. Like rival Rivian, Bollinger was focusing on the outside journey passenger automobile market with its two vans. They had been marketed as “sport utility vans” extra carefully resembling a Jeep Wrangler or Land Rover Defender.
“We began Bollinger Motors in 2015 with a dream and a want to make the greatest vans doable,” mentioned Robert Bollinger, CEO of Bollinger Motors. “We’ve put numerous hours of onerous work and keenness into making one thing that makes us proud. However, right this moment, we’re suspending the shopper vans’ improvement and shifting our focus to business vans and fleets.”
The firm’s B2 electrical pickup was rated at 614 horsepower with 668 ft-lb torque. The 4-door B1 sport-utility truck has a shorter wheelbase, whereas the B2 is actually the identical as the B1 with a 20 inch longer wheelbase and prolonged cargo space.
In 2020, Bollinger announced it was awarded a U.S. patent for its radical new passthrough and “frunkgate” design with a entrance grill that opens like a standard pickup truck tailgate in the B1 and B2 vans. The “Frunkgate” refers to the fold-down portion in the entrance of the truck, just like a pickup truck’s rear tailgate.
The patented passthrough runs from the again of the truck to the entrance uninterrupted, creating an extended, open cargo area that measures 16 ft lengthy when the tailgate and “frunkgate” are closed. When each gates are open, the passthrough channel can match cargo almost 20 ft lengthy, comparable to lumber, ladders or pipes. It’s giant sufficient to suit as much as 40 items of 2×4 minimize lumber.
The patented passthrough runs from the again of the truck to the entrance uninterrupted.
Bollinger’s Commercial “E-Chassis” EV Platform
Bollinger’s transition to constructing business electrical automobiles will not begin from scratch. The Bollinger B1 and B2 sit on a Class-3 electrical chassis that the firm calls an “E-Chassis.” It can accommodate all kinds of truck our bodies, so its versatile sufficient for Bollinger to increase its mannequin lineup for the business market.
It was the world’s first and only Class-3 electric vehicle platform, in accordance with Bollinger.
Class-3 vans are designated as “medium vans” and weigh between 10,001-14,000 lbs. Examples of Class-3 vans are the Ford F-450 pickup and GMC Sierra 3500.
“When we first constructed our Class 3 B1, we knew there was a business side to the platform,” mentioned Robert Bollinger in 2020. “Not solely cab-on-chassis, however completely new truck our bodies can match on our E-Chassis, and assist propel the world to all-electrical that a lot quicker.”
In 2020, Bollinger Motors mentioned its E-Chassis would come with an ordinary 120 kWh battery pack and options twin motors, all-wheel drive, all-terrain capabilities, in addition to a 5,000-lb payload capability.
Bollinger’s electrical truck platform.
Bollinger’s E-Chassis additionally options Portal gear lifts, that are usually discovered on rugged off highway automobiles or navy automobiles.
The Portal gear hub is a set of gears mounted at the finish of the axle that connects the axle to drive the wheel hub. It permits the axle to be positioned greater in the chassis and the wheel hub may be mounted under the axle’s heart line. The setup will increase floor clearance as the axle may be positioned greater above the wheels.
Even although the axles are greater than a standard 4×4 setup, the place of the batteries in the E-Chassis nonetheless offers the platform a really low heart of gravity. However the totally customizable E-Chassis may be configured for a wide range of makes use of with or with out the portal gear hubs. However, it is not clear if Bollinger will implement the Portal gear design for its business lineup of vans.
Bollinger’s E-Chassis additionally options commonplace security methods comparable to ABS brakes, digital traction and stability management, hydraulic energy steering, hydro-pneumatic self-leveling suspension, an impartial suspension and a 5-15 kw on-board charger/inverter for energy instruments or different equipment.
Bollinger’s Class 3-6 electrical truck platform is flexible.
Bollinger will refund deposits for individuals who’d beforehand reserved the electrical B1 sport utility truck and the B2 pickup truck. Some of those clients will likely be disenchanted, since Bollinger two passenger electrical vans had been distinctive, in addition to rugged.
In Aug 2020, Bollinger unveiled its DELIVER-E all-electric delivery van concept, which is effectively fitted to the supply market. Its just like the electrical supply vans that Rivian is supplying to Amazon.
The entrance-wheel drive, all-electrical DELIVER-E platform was engineered to suit Classes 2B, 3, 4, and 5. Bollinger mentioned final 12 months that a big selection of battery packs will likely be accessible for the DELIVER-E, together with 70, 105, 140, 175, and 210 kWh.
Going ahead, Bollinger Motors mentioned that it’s going to proceed to develop and develop know-how “that can have a significant impression in the automotive world’s inexperienced future.”