Using a clean sheet of lightweight aluminum in its architecture, Bollinger Motors is innovating the sports utility truck (SUT) category with the B1. The company has built a fully working prototype of a green off road machine. The all-electric SUT is painted Gunhouse Grey, which is the company’s way of paying respect to the road where they completed the development world on the vehicle. It also has accents painted in black, and the wheels have a black satin finish to them, making the truck look like a beast.
And it is a beast, incorporating a heavy duty design using a classic 3-box look that should be familiar to off-roading enthusiasts. The vehicle boasts a 50/50 weight distribution, and dual motors run the full time all-wheel drive. This gives the SUT best in class torque and horsepower, combined with great ground clearance. Robert Bollinger, CEO and founder of Bollinger Motors says the truck was a boyhood dream of his that took 40 years to make come true. He is very pleased with how the B1 turned out and proud of everyone who worked on it, making it a reality.
The B1’s wheelbase 105 inches, with a 68 inch front and rear track. Obstacles should not be an issue as the SUT boasts a 56 degrees approach angle and a 53 degree departure angle. The weight of the vehicle is insane with the chassis coming in at just 295 pounds by itself with no loss in torsional rigidity or structural strength. With 15.5 inches of clearance for the base ride, there is 10 inches of wheel travel through the adjustable, self-leveling, 4-wheel independent suspension that incorporates a hydro-pneumatic system. Drivers can disconnect the anti-roll bars which will enhance traction and give full articulation of the suspension during extreme off-roading, according to Bollinger Motors press release.
In addition to the off-roading ability, powering the Bollinger B1 is an electric power plant pushing out 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. Due to the electric drivetrain, the torque is available instantly, pushing the truck to a 4.5 second 0-60 time. Top speed is 127 miles per hour. The total weight of the SUT is 3,900 lbs. This results in a power to weight ratio of 10.8. Due to the trucks payload capacity of 6,100 lbs, that puts the B1’s gross vehicle weight rating is over 10,000 lbs. Like Tesla, Bollinger Motors is offering two different batter packs, a 60 kWh or a 100 kWh. This will give the truck 120 miles or 200 miles range respectively.
The B1 charging is done through a J1772 universal connector. This will allow for 110V and 220V conventional charging. Through a CHAdeMO charge port on the fender of the truck, owners can use a Level 3 “DC Fast” charge.
The exterior colors are carried into the interior of the truck with seats wrapped in black leather. The B1 seats up to four people. The seats are surrounded by a steel passenger safety cage. The interior is sealed with gaskets and polyurethane coated floor plans, making for easy cleanup by just hosing out the dirt.
A minimalist designed interior provides only need controls to operate the B1 on and off road. There are not super computers, giving the driver the feel of an old school vehicle with a speedometer and odometer, along with a gauges for range status and warning lights, as well as a charge indicator.
A unique HVAC system was employed, setting a new first in the industry with a 3-section roller system sitting on top of the dashboard, running the width of the vehicle. The driver and front passenger have the ability to open and close vents and turn the roller away for various levels of air flow. The unit can also be turned toward the windscreen for defogging or quick defrost when needed.
Bollinger Motors hopes to have manufacturing numbers and pricing for the B1 available soon. As of right now, prospective owners will just have to wait. In early 2018, the company plans on taking reservations with a $1,000 down payment.
By Cletus Dillwood
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