Bollinger's Extreme Electric Off-Roaders Show Tesla How It's Done

2019 LA Auto Show / Comments

The Bollinger B1 and B2 look extremely rugged in the metal.

While the peculiar-looking Tesla Cybertruck is currently stealing all the spotlight, it wasn't the only electric off-roader that debuted this week.

At the 2019 LA Auto Show, US startup company Bollinger showcased the B1 and B2 electric off-roaders to the public for the first time, and they look extremely rugged in the metal thanks to riveted aluminum panels and massive off-road tires. The B1 is a Hummer-style electric SUV, while the B2 takes the form of an electric pickup with a 5.9-inch longer cargo bed.

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On paper, the specifications are very impressive. Both models use a 120-kWh battery pack that powers two electric motors, with one on each axle to create a four-wheel-drive system. This setup produces a total of 614 horsepower and 668 lb-ft of torque, enabling the rugged off-roaders to do 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 100 mph. On a single charge, both models will last 200 miles.

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Don't expect many creature comforts inside, because the Bollinger B1 and B2 were built to be capable off-roaders rather than luxury SUVs. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, and Bluetooth connectivity, with heated seats, glass roof panels, and a winch also available as optional extras.

Off-road, the Bollinger B1 and B2 boast impressive capability, with a 52 approach angle and 43 departure angle, as well as 15 inches of ground clearance. Both models also have payloads of 5,201 pounds and towing capacities of 7,500 pounds. There is a downside, however, and that's the price. The Bolling B1 and B2 start at a whopping $125,000, making them more expensive than their rivals. For comparison, the Rivian R1T starts at $69,000 and the Tesla Cybertruck starts at $39,900.

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