The idea for Bollinger Motors started on a farm in Harpersfield, New York, on October 5, 2015. After getting stuck in the snow in his current pickup, the man behind the mission, Robert Bollinger, decided it was time to design a truck that can actually handle what his environment threw at him. His truck at the time—labeled a 4-wheel drive—was difficult to turn in snow and off-road, carried all of its weight in the front, and was generally not ideal.
Robert Bollinger started with a blank sheet of paper with the idea to reinvent the meaning of “truck” from the ground up. From that blank sheet of paper and 22 months later, the Bollinger B1 was born.
BOLLINGER B1 & B2
The B1 is an all-electric SUV that is all-wheel drive and features dual motors—one in the front and one in the rear. It has a range of more than 200 miles plus 668 lb-ft of torque and 614 hp. It features 15 inches of ground clearance, a payload of 5,000 lbs, and a towing capacity of 7,500 lbs.
The B1 features removable glass, doors, and roof panels, with an all-glass roof as an option. Owners can also remove the windshield. Of course, air conditioning is standard in the B1, with optional heated seats, removable rear seats, and Bluetooth technology. Oh, and the B1 features eight 110V outlets and 14.7 kWh of output power.
At its prototype stage, the B1 proved itself in the mountains of Colorado and the rocks of Utah. Once the team realized this truck could go places—both physically and metaphorically—the time came to pack up the original Bollinger Motors shop in Hobart, New York, and head for Motor City.
Then eventually from the B1 came the B2—a fully capable all-electric Class 3 pickup.
Bollinger Motors touts the B2 as the B1’s big brother. It features the same DNA as the B1 but gets a pickup bed, a sliding access door to the bed, a flip-up rear window, and a wheelbase that’s 20 inches longer.
If the Bollinger Motors B1 and B2 weren’t already cool enough, because of Bollinger Motors’ “breakthrough” thermal management, the trucks feature smaller radiators. This allowed the team to increase frunk capacity. The frunk, or the trunk that’s accessible from the hood of the truck, features 8 cu ft of storage capacity, and the Bollinger Motors’ patented Pass-through allows crews to carry up to 16-ft boards inside and “through” the middle of the vehicle.
The Pass-through is a simple, yet ingenious design that allows cargo to run the length of the vehicle in the middle. This makes the B1 and B2 perfect for hauling 13 to 16-ft boards and piping for construction and utility or plumbing projects.
Speaking of construction projects … after building the Class 3 B1 and B2, Bollinger sought to bring its electric off-road trucks into the commercial segment by adding a Class 4 and Class 5 to its lineup. Therefore, the Bollinger Chass-E™ Cab was born. These vehicles will be sold both as individual platforms and as full chassis cab trucks, can be modified for specific application needs, and are available in Class 3 to 6.
The Bollinger Motors Class 3 Chass-E™ features a GVWR of 14,000 lbs and a wheelbase between 139 inches and 159 inches. It has an 8,000-lb payload with 800-plus cu ft of cargo.
The Class 4 Chass-E™ features a GVWR of 16,000 lbs and wheelbases between 159 and 177 inches. It has a 9,000-lb payload and a cargo area of 1,000-plus cu ft.
The Class 5 Chass-E™ features a GVWR of 19,500 lbs with a wheelbase of up to 190 inches. It has a payload of 11,000 lbs and a cargo capacity of 1,200-plus cu ft.
The Class 6 Chass-E™ features a GVWR of 26,000 lbs and a wheelbase of up to 243 inches. It has a payload of 12,000 lbs and a cargo capacity of 1,500 cu ft.
All trucks will also feature a 200-plus mile range with a 140 to 210 kWh battery pack. Bollinger Motors Chass-E™ cabs are available in two-door and four-door options.
The Bollinger Motors chassis are upfit ready for several industry applications. These include airport tugs and mining, last-mile delivery, agriculture equipment, autonomous vehicles, kit cars, defense ops, and special industry applications. Bollinger Motors is already working with national upfitting companies—many used by fleets and contractors today.
Further, the Bollinger Motors Chass-E™ is even capable of handling large box trucks from an 800-cu-ft cargo box up to a 1,200-cu-ft cargo box. No matter the application, it’s safe to say the Chass-E™ can handle it.
Aside from the obvious reasons one would buy a Bollinger Motors vehicle—like the fact that it was designed by truck lovers for truck lovers, it’s made from the highest quality materials and components available, it’s work capable, and it’s electric—fleets would benefit from a Bollinger Motors vehicle strictly looking at its total cost of ownership. Bollinger Motors estimates a total cost of ownership savings of up to 17% over the course of 10 years when compared to gas and diesel work trucks that are currently on the market—and that’s without including federal and local incentives to buy electric vehicles.
That number does, however, include the price comparison of a battery replacement for the Bollinger Motors vehicle versus the engine replacement of a diesel- or gas-powered vehicle as well as the price of electricity versus the price of fuel, annual maintenance costs, annual insurance costs, and residual value of the vehicles. For fleets focused on the bottom line, a 17% savings is something to consider.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Find out more about Bollinger Motors, the B1, B2, and Chass-E™, visit www.bollingermotors.com.