It's the only Class-3 electric platform in existence, Bollinger says.
Electric vehicle startup Bollinger Motors is still hard at work bringing its high-priced, exclusive B1 battery-electric SUV and B2 electric pickup truck to market, and in the meantime, the company is promoting its rugged E-Chassis electric platform - the first and only dedicated-electric Class-3 platform in existence. It's a sight to behold.
Shown here in a series of photographs, the E-Chassis will underpin both Bollinger models, providing a durable, boxed-frame platform for the vehicles. Some of the tastier highlights include a double-wishbone suspension design front and rear, a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system, portal gear hubs, and a standard 120-kWh lithium-ion battery pack - with the option of a larger 180-kWh pack.
Granted, those details so far only apply to the B1 and B2, but in theory, the platform is flexible enough that it could be configured for front- or rear-wheel drive only, or fitted with regular hubs, should it go on to underpin other models.
And that could well happen; Bollinger says it is looking to supply its Class-3 E-Chassis to other manufacturers, whether built by Bollinger or licensed to other manufacturers. Bollinger Motors founder and CEO Robert Bollinger says the company "would like to offer [the E-Chassis] both built [by us] or licensed." He notes that the Class-3 certification is "a nearly universal class," which could be good for international licensing.
In fact, Bollinger is "homologating already for US, CA, EU, [and] ECE standards."
That's a similar play to the one Michigan-based EV startup Rivian is making, supplying its "skateboard" battery-electric platform to the likes of Ford's Lincoln division and Amazon's Prime delivery service. But where Rivian is aiming for a starting price below $70,000 for its R1T pickup truck, the Bollinger B2 pickup is expected to cost around $125,000. It's unknown how much of that price is in the platform (and battery pack), but chances are it's a substantial amount.
Of course, Rivian's platform isn't Class-3 classified. That's something that only Bollinger can claim - for now.