Bollinger, a Michigan-based startup, introduced right this moment that it was suspending its plans to manufacture electric trucks so as to focus on industrial delivery vans.
Bollinger burst onto the scene a number of years in the past with a pair of rugged, box-like electric truck prototypes: the four-door B1 (which is formed like a Jeep Wrangler) and the B2 (which is longer and has a pickup mattress). It’s the newest EV startup to run into speed bumps because it makes an attempt to construct an advanced car manufacturing enterprise from scratch.
Bollinger has already delayed each automobiles, so their postponement could not come as an enormous shock to shut watchers. The trucks have been initially scheduled to go into manufacturing in 2020, however that date was moved to late 2021, with the expectation of creating a number of thousand by early 2022.
Now, the automobiles will probably be “postponed indefinitely” as the corporate shifts focus to an electric delivery van, Bollinger CEO Robert Bollinger stated in an announcement. The firm will refund deposits for these clients who beforehand put cash down to reserve the B1 and B2 trucks.
“The B1 and B2 are postponed indefinitely, so as to focus on industrial growth,” he stated. “As these trucks are pricey to my coronary heart, I’d by no means say by no means. If our continued growth in industrial permits us to sometime return, there’d be nobody happier than me. But there’s no timeline for that.”
The Deliver-E electric van, which was announced in 2020, is slated to be constructed on a variable car platform that permits for a number of battery sizes, comparable to 70 kWh, 105 kWh, 140 kWh, 175 kWh, and 210 kWh. This will imply clients can have a wide range of vary choices, costs, and wheelbase sizes to select from. The front-wheel-drive platform will probably be engineered to match Classes 2B, 3, 4, and 5.
Bollinger declined to affirm a beginning date for the van’s manufacturing, noting that the corporate remains to be on the hunt for a producing accomplice. “The Deliver-E van was our interpretation of the type of physique that may very well be put on our electric platforms,” he stated. “We by no means supposed on constructing that physique ourselves, however we’re in talks with upfitter companions now that manufacture truck and van our bodies.”
If it will definitely graduates from idea to manufacturing, the Deliver-E can have a number of competitors. General Motors is already shipping electric vans underneath its BrightDrop model to clients like FedEx and Walmart. Mercedes-Benz has multiple models on the highway, and Ford plans to go into production this 12 months on its electrified E-Transit van.
Amazon, which has a fleet of tens of hundreds of combustion-engine vans making up its large delivery operation, has ordered 100,000 electric vans from EV startup Rivian (which additionally it is closely invested in) and is planning on shopping for EVs from Stellantis as effectively.