Bollinger Adds 1 Ton Dedicated B2 Pickup Truck to its LineUp: B1 Converts to a Pickup but the Newly Added B2 is all 100% Pickup
Bollinger Motors, the upstate New York but soon Michigan based electric truck maker startup, has suddenly added a third vehicle to its model range portfolio, a 1 ton pickup truck that is based on the same BEV battery tray platform and build as the first two vehicles Torque News reported just a few weeks ago. By doing this Bollinger makes themselves cleverly competitive in the pickup truck market by adding a variant that’s solely dedicated to this demographic. While the B1 two and four door SUT easily converts into a pickup truck, the newly added B2 pickup is based, styled, and designed to be a sole purposed dedicated pickup truck:
All Wheel Drive
All Aluminum Body
Dual Motor, Front and Rear
514 ft-lb Torque
6.5 Second 0-60 MPH
100 MPH Top Speed
9.6 Power/Weight Ratio
15” Ground Clearance
10” Wheel Travel
(10” to 20” Variable Ground Clearance)
5001 LB. Payload Capacity
7500 LB Towing Capacity
Geared Axle Hubs
11.75” Vented Brakes
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Inboard Discs
120 kWh Battery Pack
200 Mile EPA Range (est)
70.2 MPGe (est)
Level 1 and 2 Charging: J1772 Port (110v & 220v)
Level 3 Charging: CCS Port (DC Fast)
10 hour Level 2 (220v) Charging Time
75 minute Level 3 (DC Fast) Charging Time
5000 LB Curb Weight
10,0001 LB GVWR
45/55 Weight Balance
77.2” Width (no mirrors)
89.0” Width (with mirrors)
66.2” Front Track
66.2” Rear Track
52° Approach Angle
25° Break Over Angle
28° Departure Angle
4’ 1” Bed Width
5’9” Bed Length
8’2” Bed Length (cab wall open, rear seats removed)
16’ Internal Length Front to Rear (liftgates closed)
19’4” Internal Length Front to Rear (liftgates open)
14 Cubic Feet Frunk Storage Capacity
13” W x 14”H Patented Pass Through
24 2x4s Fit Through Patented Passthrough
72 Sheets of 4’x8’ 1/2 Plywood fit with Rear Seats Removed
The four wheel drive all electric Land Rover Defender challenger seeks the simplicity of an International Harvester Scout in its design, so that it’s easier to manufacture the vehicle, while adding simplicity and military grade ruggedness to its structure:
- The truck will now have a roll cage structure surrounding the passenger cabin similar to a Jeep Wrangler.
- They added removable top and side glass panels around the passengers so with the doors you can take off all the exterior panels but the windshield for the open air convertible effect.
- Pickup available in 4 door variant both with removable glass roof and flip-up rear window glass feature.
- Mostly aluminum structure for curb weight 5,000 lbs.
- The Bollinger B1 and B2's cabin is rather spartan.
- Minimalistic but old school simple off-the-shelf gauges including tachometer for the two motors, a fuel gauge for battery juice.
- The roof and rear seats are removable.
- Motors and pack sits on flat floor Tesla-like skateboard battery tray platform that allows for frunk and low center of gravity.
- B1/2's front trunk is large and features a unique pass-through to fit long cargo between the front and rear tailgates.
- The underside of the B1/2 is completely flat for 15.5 inches of ground clearance and 10 inches of wheel travel.
- The Bollinger B1/2 has a military vehicle-like 56-degree approach angle, 33-degree breakover angle, and a 53-degree departure angle.
- 6,000 lb towing and payload cap.
- Dual motor 360 horses 472 torque.
- All wheel/four wheel drive with locking differential.
- This is in edition to the recently added optional “120-kWh battery pack providing a minimum 200-mile range.” 7 hours of Level 2 full charging.
- The 60 kW pack provides 120 miles of range with 12 hours of Level 2 full charging.
- 90 minutes of full level 3 supercharging.
- Nissan supplied batteries for the protos but Bollinger is looking for another supplier for the production vehicles.
- Two 110 Volt charging ports inside the rear hatch compartment for power tools and electronic devices.
- AM/FM Radio, AUX Input for iPod/MP3 Players and SD/USB Flash Readers
Introduction by Bollinger
From Bollinger Motors Facebook account introducing the B2 Pickup: “The all-electric, all-wheel-drive Bollinger B2 Pickup Truck.
“Developed with the same DNA as the B1, both trucks sport dual mirrors, all wheel drive, hydropneumatic suspension, in-wheel portal gear hubs, 120 kW battery pack, large frunk space, and patented pass-through door for long items. For full specs and to reserve a B2, visit BollingerMotors.com. Both the B1 and B2 will be manufactured on the same assembly line in 2020. Options, pricing, and further details in 2019.”
About the Vehicle
The B2 will be all the good things the B1 already is, from the rugged terrain capability as the first electric truck to have a locking differential, to the rear and FRONT pass-through cargo lift tailgates that allow you to carry long widgets without strapping them onto the roof or putting them inside the vehicle diagonally. You can pass them right through the middle of the truck past the front bumper, which actually helps the truck keep its balance while hauling cargo. But by adding a longer 5.5 foot pickup flat bed that with the rear seats removed and the rear flip-up window up, give the vehicle an incredible amount of versatility and flexibility with up to 8 feet of additional room.
From Bollinger’s website: “Incorporating even more cargo options was a priority for the B2. The Bollinger Motors Pickup’s bed is 4’ 1” wide by 5’ 9” long. With the internal cab tailgate down, the Bollinger Motors Pickup can carry full 4' x 8' sheets of plywood. The rear glass also opens up like the B1, allowing storage to the top of the cab, accommodating 72 sheets of 1/2” plywood. Like the B1, the B2 will also be a Class 3 work truck (10,001 gross vehicle weight rating) with a hauling capacity of 5000 lbs. Designed to be an incredibly versatile, tough truck, the Bollinger Motors B2 Pickup will haul a significant load. Full specs are listed below for both the B1 and B2.”
Why this Vehicle and Why Now?
By using the same de rigueur all aluminum chassis battery tray platform as the other two vehicles which are two and four door sport utility trucks, Bollinger saves money, factory space, and most importantly time, by having this vehicle assembled on the same assembly line as the other two vehicles. By making a Class 3 truck, instead of the traditional Class 2 pickup which is a full sized pickup truck, with the Ford F-150 the industry leader and Ford’s best selling vehicle, as the gold standard example. By jumping up one step in size to Class 3, Bollinger avoids some of the strict regulations car makers must adhere to when making the smaller vehicle, some of which are the safety features they must put into these vehicles, some of which are also required in passenger cars. This cuts down on costs, and time
A Class 3 pickup truck is closer to the size of a GMC Topkick medium heavy duty truck. Ironically Bollinger’s Class 3 pickup is about the same size Tesla’s Pickup Truck was originally supposed to be with “Plan A,” and that plan was to put a pickup flatbed on a pared down modified platform of Tesla Semi’s electric tractor frame to use that vehicle for pickup duty. Those plans were apparently scrapped when Tesla announced they were developing a pickup that would compete with the Ford F-150, and if that’s the case and Tesla wants to be competitive, that really requires Tesla to make an all-new from the ground up new pickup vehicle.
The electric car mass production market is now 10 years old, and still, no legacy car maker has a full production electric pickup truck in production or for sale. And once again it will take an electric car startup or Tesla to force the legacies to make one. Ford is developing a PHEV F-150 is plans to market soon. Workhorse Group is scheduled to start delivering its PHEV W-15 Pickup Truck no later than this fall, which is now. Workhorse’s vehicle is more geared to the commercial fleet market, as they do not intend to sell their truck individually through retail, at least not initially. Like Bollinger, Rivian Automotive is planning on making “premium electric adventure vehicles,” a rugged all terrain pickup and on the same platform based SUV as early as next year.
Reservations are now up to a staggering 20,000! Bollinger probably will ramp up by the end of next year 2019, to start assembly early 2020.
Photo Credits by Bollinger Facebook and Website.
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