Is it just us, or... did they get even boxier somehow?
Electric vehicle startup Bollinger Motors made waves last year when it pulled the wraps off the B1 SUV and B2 pickup - two heavily related pure-electric vehicles with rugged, boxy good looks and some impressive specs, ready to take the fight to the Tesla Cybertruck. Ever since, the company has been diligently working away on both products in the background as it prepares the B1 and B2 to start customer deliveries some time next year, testing their off-road mettle and, as it turns out, updating their design.
This week, Bollinger fired off a series of tweets with photographs showing the new production-intent design of the B1 SUV and B2 pickup. At first glance, it doesn't seem like Bollinger did a whole lot, but there's more than meets the eye.
On its website, the company details the extent of the changes, explaining that the beltline has been raised to help improve the packaging of components located in the frunk, shifting most of the visual "weight" below the beltline and giving the B1 and B2 a "more stable and sturdy appearance." The roofline was raised in response, in order to maintain visibility, lending the vehicles a bit more headroom and some significantly altered proportions.
Elsewhere, a new breakthrough with the powertrain's thermal management meant the truck no longer needed two radiators, freeing up space to widen the frunk and shift the headlights further outboard for symmetry with the rear. The B-pillars were moved forward a tad for better second-row ingress, but that rendered Bollinger's sliding-glass window cassettes less effective, necessitating a switch to manual-crank windows.
Yes, you read that right: Bollinger is building a pair of $125,000+ EVs with hand-crank windows.
Interestingly, Bollinger says that the cab and bed on the B2 pickup truck are now separate pieces, where they were previously integrated as a single unit. It's unclear whether that will affect one of the B2 concept's coolest party tricks, which was a cargo pass-through that extended the full length of the truck, from the bed through the cabin, and into the frunk.
Proportionally more sound and as blocky as ever, the Bollinger B1 is expected to launch by the middle of next year, followed shortly thereafter by its B2 sibling.