The electric DELIVER-E cargo van is just a concept - for now.
Among the bevy of EV manufacturers looking to cash in on the surge in popularity of trucks and SUVs in the US market, with vehicles like the Tesla Cybertruck and Lordstown Endurance, there's Bollinger Motors. Bollinger is a Michigan-based startup that in 2019 unveiled a pair of rugged pure-electric vehicles, the B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck, each with 614 horsepower, 200 miles of range, and a $125,000 target starting price.
Now, before the hand-assembled B1 and B2 have even entered production, the EV newcomer is already looking to add another product to its repertoire: a battery-electric delivery van aptly named the "DELIVER-E". It looks so remarkably unlike the concepts that came before it, we would never have guessed it comes from the same company.
Unlike the B1 and B2 with their boxy, straight-edged, timeless designs, the DELIVER-E is rounded, sleek, and thoroughly modern-looking. Aerodynamicists we are not, but if we had to guess, we'd say the Bollinger delivery van likely has a much lower coefficient of drag thanks to its rounded corners and overall bullet-like shape. And it makes sense that Bollinger would put a premium on efficiency here; to commercial customers, operating costs and down-time are everything. The more slippery the vehicle, the smaller the energy bill, and the less time spent recharging.
Curiously, although the Bollinger DELIVER-E shares the bulk of its mechanical components with the B1 and B2, it uses a front-wheel-drive powertrain configuration. Nonetheless, it earns its stripes with a high-strength steel frame designed to serve for at least ten years, and scalability to commercial vehicle classes 2B, 3, 4, and 5.
The DELIVER-E will be engineered to adhere to commercial vehicle classes 2B, 3, 4, and 5, and a wide array of available battery pack capacities - from 70 to 210 kWh - will give fleet customers options when it comes to the question of cost-versus-range.
Bollinger Motors CEO Robert Bollinger says the Bollinger DELIVER-E benefits from the company's "extensive Class 3 electrification knowledge... [giving] commercial fleets the power to go green and save on ownership costs, while neighborhoods will benefit from a reduction in air and noise pollution."
Rather than hand-build the DELIVER-E like the B1 and B2 models, Bollinger will find a manufacturing partner for the project, with production slated to start sometime in 2022.