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Bollinger Motors unveils all-electric B1 SUT

by Drew Johnson

Bollinger is the latest automaker to throw its hat in the EV ring.

There's been no shortage of up-start electric automakers over the last few years, but there has been an underserved segment of the electric vehicle market — trucks. Enter Bollinger Motors.

The Hobart, New York-based company unveiled on Friday a new electric sport utility truck known as the B1. The best way to describe the B1 is as an electric inteprutation of the original Ford Bronco.

Unlike the swoopy Tesla Model X, the B1 features a utilitarian three-box design that gives it a tough-truck look. The rear roof section of the B1 can be removed, providing pickup truck-like utility when needed. For even greater flexibility, the B1 has been design with a center pass-through that can accommodate boards measuring up to 16 feet in length.

Under the B1's slab-sided bodywork resides an aluminum chassis that was designed with off-roading in mind. The B1 provides up to 15.5-inches of ground clearance and boasts an approach angle of 56 degrees, departure angle of 53 degrees, and break over angle of 33 degrees. The B1 uses an adjsutable hydro-pneumatic suspension with 10-inches of wheel travel.

The B1 is powered by a pair of electric motors — one at each axle — that provide full-time all-wheel drive. Output stands at 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. The B1 will be offered with two battery options — a 60kWh unit with 120 miles of range or a 100 kWh unit with 200 miles of range.

Despite its blocky looks and 3,900 pound curb weight, Bollinger says the B1 can scoop from 0-60 in a quick 4.5 seconds. Top speed is pegged at 127mph. Payload capacity is impressive at 6,100 pounds.

The interior of the B1 is spartan by design. There are only a few controls, and the B1 doesn't even come with an airbag. On the upside, you can hose out the B1's interior after a day of muddy off-roading.

As with most up-start electric vehicle makers, the future of Bollinger and the B1 is a bit murky. Bollinger says it doesn't yet have a manufacturing plan for the B1. The company is still searching for a manufacturing partner, but says it can have a production line up and running within 19 months of securing a partnership. Pricing for the B1 hasn't been announced.

"While we'll be announcing pricing and manufacturing targets later this year, the business case for the B1 makes sense at a very realistic and modest production number and at a price point of a nicely equipped sport utility vehicle," said Bollinger Motors' founder and CEO, Robert Bollinger. "When you factor in this vehicle's superiority over the other choices on today's market, we think we have a winning combination."

Bollinger is currently taking reservations for the B1 with no money down. Early next year those spot holder will be able to place an order a B1 for $1,000. Bollinger plans to initially sell the B1 directly to customers, but the company is also working to establish retail outlets in major U.S. cities.

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