The EV truck revolution continues.
We've heard plenty about the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck and the new Texas Gigafactory it'll call home, the Rivian R1T, and the serious investments from big-name corporations behind it, and, more recently, the Nikola Badger with its supposed ability to produce drinking water thanks to its hydrogen fuel cell powertrain.
But what about Michigan-based Bollinger Motors? What's the latest?
Bollinger has just announced it has moved to new headquarters from its small offices in Ferndale to a larger facility in Oak Park. Both cities are located in Oakland County, near Detroit. Bollinger's new home is reportedly four times the size of its old HQ and will be the main base of operations as the company continues to expand. Speaking of which, Bollinger is about to go on a hiring spree.
There are currently 40 employees but the plan is to double in size by the end of this year as the production start date gets closer for the battery-electric B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck. Bollinger is also developing the B2 Chassis Cab variant and Chass-E, a rolling chassis it plans to sell to other companies.
"It couldn't have come at a better time," said CEO and founder Robert Bollinger regarding the move. "We were bursting at the seams with new engineers, putting desks out in the shop at the old building; it was especially difficult to keep everyone more than six feet apart."
All of Bollinger's highly capable off-road vehicles ride on the same skateboard architecture that'll be available in two wheelbases. The so-called skateboards will be bolted to a frame that includes the 120-kWh battery, four electric motors, and other essential running gear.
Rivian also utilizes its own in-housed-developed skateboard chassis, but its vehicle design approach is quite different from Bollinger, which has opted for a more utilitarian theme reminiscent of old school Land Rovers. Pricing for the B1 and B2 will begin at $125,000 and the company is currently accepting orders for both by way of a $1,000 deposit.
Customers who require a serious work vehicle will be attracted to the B1 and B2 for a number of reasons, among them their 7,500-pound towing capacity, payloads of up to 5,201 pounds, 15-inches of ground clearance, 52-degree approach angle and 43-degree departure angle, and a near 50:50 weight distribution. Total output is a claimed 614 horsepower and 666 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 62 mph will take just 4.5 seconds and a 200-mile driving range is promised.
The first deliveries should get underway next year.