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Bollinger reveals its boxy electric B1 and B2 off-roaders

Bollinger reveals its boxy ele...
Bollinger Motors has revealed beta prototypes of its B1 (pictured) and B2 electric off-roaders
Bollinger Motors has revealed beta prototypes of its B1 (pictured) and B2 electric off-roaders
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The B1 sport utility truck: built for serious hard work
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The B1 sport utility truck: built for serious hard work
The B2 crew-cab pickup: huge carrying capacity
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The B2 crew-cab pickup: huge carrying capacity
Bollinger Motors has revealed beta prototypes of its B1 (pictured) and B2 electric off-roaders
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Bollinger Motors has revealed beta prototypes of its B1 (pictured) and B2 electric off-roaders
With 10 inches of suspension travel and 15 inches of ground clearance these things are ready for serious off-roading
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With 10 inches of suspension travel and 15 inches of ground clearance these things are ready for serious off-roading
Open the back window and the frunk "pass through" and you can fit a 16-ft-long piece of timber entirely inside this 17.5-ft-long vehicle
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Open the back window and the frunk "pass through" and you can fit a 16-ft-long piece of timber entirely inside this 17.5-ft-long vehicle
Brutally square
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Brutally square
It ain't designed to be pretty
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It ain't designed to be pretty
The B2 has a 5'9" x 4'1" bed, which can be extended to 8'2" by opening up the rear window and pulling out the back seats.
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The B2 has a 5'9" x 4'1" bed, which can be extended to 8'2" by opening up the rear window and pulling out the back seats.
You can load 'em up through the front or the back
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You can load 'em up through the front or the back
The back end of the B1
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The back end of the B1
The Bollinger electrics offer a 7,500-lb (3,400-kg) towing capacity
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The Bollinger electrics offer a 7,500-lb (3,400-kg) towing capacity
Bollinger B1: apocalypse-grade electric off-roaders
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Bollinger B1: apocalypse-grade electric off-roaders
You can easily pull out all the glass, doors and roof panels for an even rootsier off-road experience
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You can easily pull out all the glass, doors and roof panels for an even rootsier off-road experience
The B1 offers 200-mile all-electric range, with 75-minute level 3 charging capability\
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The B1 offers 200-mile all-electric range, with 75-minute level 3 charging capability

Bollinger has revealed the beta prototypes of its super-tough electric Class 3 trucks - and the specs appear to have gone up again too. Now boasting 614 hp (458 kW) and 668 lb-ft (906 Nm) of torque through motors on the front and rear axles, Robert Bollinger's super-capable B1 and B2 electric trucks have been revealed at a very casual event in Detroit, where the company is now operating.

With 120 kWh worth of batteries on board, the B1 "sport utility truck" and B2 crew-cab pickup truck are still rated for 200 mi (322 km) of EPA range, which is fairly impressive given the size of the things, and the fact that a slightly slanted windscreen would appear to be the only aerodynamic element on the whole vehicles. No matter, they're only built to go about 100 mph (160 km/h) flat out, even if they'll sprint from 0-60 mph (0-98 km/h) in a sprightly 4.5 seconds.

The B1 sport utility truck: built for serious hard work
The B1 sport utility truck: built for serious hard work

The design, as expected, is all sharp edges, right angles and flat panels. It'll appeal to those who dig what the G-Wagen is all about, as well as fans of super-tough off-roaders from the '70s and '80s. It might win some hearts from folks who think the new Land Rover Defender looks too civilized.

The Bollingers' trump cards stem from their simple electric powertrains: 15 inches (38.1 cm) of ground clearance, and enormous carrying capacity thanks to modular designs and a "pass through" hole that joins the tray and cabin to the "frunk," allowing you to carry forty 4x2 lengths of timber without anything poking out of the car. In the case of the B2, that means you can transport forty 16-ft-long (4.8-m) fourbies with the tailgate closed and nothing hanging out of your 17.3-ft-long (5.3-m) vehicle. Remarkable.

You can load 'em up through the front or the back
You can load 'em up through the front or the back

There's still no word yet on pricing or when these things will hit the market, but you can expect them to be priced at the premium end and manufactured in low volumes, as that seems to be the playbook for just about every startup that's trying to take advantage of the big automakers' sluggishness in making electric happen.

Source: Bollinger Motors

6 comments
guzmanchinky
Oooh, very cool. But they should have introduced it in Moab to eat Jeep's lunch... :)
clay
Nice article. I love this ultra practical design and I would love to be on the list. :-) P.s. Here Stateside, it's "2x4"... ;-P
VoiceofReason
I didn't think anything boxy could be uglier than the HummVee. I was so wrong.
minivini
I love these things! Sadly, I’m pretty sure they’ll be at or north of six digits, so a non starter for me :-(
CoachFerg
It looks like a Lego product.
ljaques
Their B1 is the truck I've been waiting for. Love those ugly old bastids. Wait until I show my friends what's under the hood! LOL. Sooooooo, anyone want to buy a gently used '07 Tundra for $100k (or whatever Bollinger wants for the B1?) It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Since I only make one long trip per year, and can likely use the Tesla Trail of Trons for it, 'twould be a piece of cake.