Bollinger Motors pumps brakes on consumer EVs to focus on commercial trucks

It’s refunding B1 and B2 electric off-roader deposits

Electric car startup Bollinger Motors has amassed the attention of EV fans and sector onlookers with its retro-looking, high-riding, off-road qualified, all-electric B1 sport utility truck and B2 pickup. Bollinger got thus far regarding accept deposits for the automobiles, which were disclosed as sophisticated prototypes in 2019 and in production-intent form late in 2014. At the same time, Bollinger was adapting the electrical Class 3 chassis underpinning them for usage in a selection of business lorries, consisting of delivery vans. Today, nonetheless, Bollinger has actually announced the “postponement to its consumer-truck production as well as delivery”– describing the B1 as well as B2– in order to focus on the business automobile organization.

Thus, Bollinger will certainly refund deposits put by consumers for appointments of the B1 and also B2 electrical vehicles. In October 2019, pricing for the trucks was introduced at a beginning MSRP of $125,000.

Bollinger Motors chief executive officer Robert Bollinger called the decision a “vitally important move for us because it allows us to continue our growth of our innovation and also make a genuine effect in the green future of automobile.”

The announcement comes with a time when the electric commercial car market– particularly delivery vans– is rapidly warming up. Rivian is anticipated to provide capitalist Amazon.com with a fleet of 100,000 electric delivery vans, while GM’s BrightDrop has actually gotten considerable orders from FedEx and also Walmart. UPS plans to use Arrival’s electrical trucks in the U.S. and Europe. There are much more electric delivery van and industrial strategies in the works from a variety of lorry producers as well as logistics companies.

Along with delivery vans, Bollinger has actually previously shared its visions of the E-Chassis serving as the foundation for a selection of vehicles, including those used by community fleets, emergency situation responders, the armed forces and also services.

Autoblog has seen firsthand the quantity of work the Bollinger group has actually taken into its goal. Chief executive officer Robert Bollinger recognized this effort and intends to build upon it in today’s announcement, saying, “You have actually seen us in the Catskills and Detroit as we engineered and developed the vehicles from the ground up– as well as examined them across America. We’re taking that expertise as well as experience as we relocate into industrial advancement making cutting-edge vehicles for Courses 3 with 6.”

The B1 and also B2 prototypes we saw personally were fascinating as well as, honestly, interesting automobiles. These electrical leviathans were built to be rugged off-roaders, with portal axles, 15 inches of ground clearance and a self-leveling, hydro-pneumatic suspension for an adjustable flight elevation. They boast a 120-kw battery pack and also a dual-motor powertrain that provides 614 horsepower as well as 688 pound-feet of torque, a 4.5-second 0-60 time, a 100-mph full throttle and also a 7,500-pound towing capacity.They integrate other one-of-a-kind attributes like a pass-through frunk that permits cargo to cover the entire length of the automobiles, in addition to detachable roof covering panels, and also electrical outlets drawing energy from the battery pack to power devices in the field.

We hope this post ponement of Bollinger’s customer cars and truck business is without a doubt simply that.