It bears no resemblance to Bollinger's other models.
If you just saw the recently-revealed Bollinger Deliver-E electric van and wondered how it could come from the same company that builds the boxy B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck, you aren't alone. The Deliver-E bears more resemblance to the upcoming Tesla Semi than either of Bollinger's other products, which will indirectly compete against the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian RT1. There is a very good reason for that.
Speaking with company CEO Robert Bollinger, CarBuzz learned how the requirements for a van differ so greatly from an SUV or pickup truck.
"Our trucks were developed to have the most ground clearance, but delivery vans need to have the lowest possible ground clearance," Bollinger explained. "We quickly realized we needed to develop a new platform for the Deliver-E. Also, all-wheel-drive and adjustable suspension were not needed, so we created a front-wheel-drive configuration that allows even more cargo space."
Suddenly jumping into the van segment seems like a surprising move for Bollinger, as the company still hasn't put its B1 SUV or B2 pickup truck into production yet.
"Well-known companies in the delivery segment approached us when they saw our Chass-E press release and saw we had expertise in the electrified Class 3 space," Bollinger told CarBuzz. "We then developed an entirely new platform that fits the needs of delivery vans."
For those who don't remember, the Chass-E (formerly known as the E-Chassis) is an electric skateboard-style platform that underpins both the B1 and B2 (pictured below). Much like Tesla's architecture, the Chass-E allows Bollinger to mount different bodies on a shared platform easily.
Creating an all-new platform is no small task, but Bollinger will not go it alone. Moreover, the Deliver-E could even be made outside of Michigan.
"We will be announcing our partner for the Deliver-E soon," said Bollinger, hinting that his company could outsource production for its new van. Assembly for the B1 and B2 truck and SUV will take place in Detroit, but the Deliver-E will use a different, still-to-be-confirmed production center. Ford currently dominates the commercial van space with its E-Series and Transit models, but Bollinger hopes to capture a small segment of customers, likely suburban-based business, who could make great use of a zero-emissions electric van with Class 3 weight capacities.