Startup OEM Bollinger Motors reported in October 2018 that it had reached the “final stages” of its aluminium, electric “sport utility truck” the Bollinger B1. It also announced its plan for an aluminium electric pickup known as the Bollinger B2.
Both the B1 and the B2 are all-wheel drive and have what Bollinger called an “All-Aluminum Body.” Though a 2017 news release for the B1 mentioned a “high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) steel rollover structure”, the latest company update talked about an all-aluminium body.
Highlighting the startup’s plans for collision repair and its plan about certified auto body shop network and OEM repair procedures, spokesman Tom Morr wrote in October that founder Robert Bollinger’s “underlying philosophy with the flat panels is to simplify manufacturing and repair.”
He confirmed that the company was currently interviewing vendors and a national service provider that would work with body shops to facilitate repairs. The trucks, according to the company won’t have airbags.
“We are engineering the B1 and B2 to safety standards that exceed federal regulation using seat belts,” the company confirms on its website. The vehicles are expected to be launched in the U.S., Canada, Europe EU and ECE countries, Australia and New Zealand.
Bollinger is now taking reservations for both and hasn’t yet locked in MSRP prices. The appeal of electric trucks that can haul stuff around all day without consuming a drop of gas and with the minimal maintenance is increasing every day. However, the price might have to come down a bit for commercial use.
The B1 “SUT” has a curb weight of 4,800 pounds and an estimated 200-mile battery range. The B2 is 5,000 pounds and is also projected to have a 200-mile range. This can be charged either in 10 hours with a 220-volt outlet. According to Bollinger, the B1 can handle a 5,201-pound payload and tow 7,500 pounds. The B2 allows a 5,000-pound payload and can tow 7,500 pounds.
Soon we hope to see aluminium electric trucks on the roads that will set a benchmark in electromobility.