Bollinger EV Truck Looks Ready For The Outdoors

3 weeks ago by Sebastian Blanco 18

Bollinger Motors Electric Truck

Bollinger Motors Electric Truck

You can’t see much, but this new teaser image of the Bollinger Motors all-electric truck does give us a hint about what the new EV will look like. Bollinger says that the EV is an “on and off road sport utility truck” and will be revealed this summer in New York. Unlike other companies, that have decided to electrify gas-powered work vehicles, the new Bollinger truck, “was designed from the ground-up employing an all-electric powertrain, aluminum chassis, adjustable air suspension and convertible cab panels.”

In other words, you haven’t seen this one before. Bollinger has said on Twitter that the vehicle is, “the perfect EV … for work and play.” In a statement released with the teaser image you see above, Bollinger CEO Robert Bollinger said that the truck is “the perfect truck for ranchers, builders, and off-roaders but without the environmental effects and carbon footprint of a traditional gas-powered SUV.”

Bollinger Motors is making big promises about the truck’s performances. It says that it will feature, “unparalleled traction, torque and ground clearance.” as well as, “a fun and responsive driving experience.” The company has said that it will start building the truck in 2018, and that the version that will be on display at the reveal will be “production-ready.”

When his company made its first public announcement a month ago, Robert Bollinger said on a company blog that:

I wanted to go electric. And what I wanted was a truck. But I wanted something that improved on the category’s historical short-comings in traction, ground clearance, storage, and versatility. So we decided to make our own truck, from the ground up. … In a very short time we have fully designed and engineered the vehicle architecture, chassis, suspension, gearboxes, brakes, cooling system, electric powertrain integration and systems software, fine-tuning each to the demands of this particular truck.

By creating a unique vehicle with exceptional off-road performance and one-of-a-kind utility features, we are redefining the truck category. The dual-motor electric drivetrain with AWD system is capable of best-in-class horsepower, torque and traction, while the suspension will deliver best-in-class angle departures and ground clearance. And the all-electric powertrain means no carbon emissions and whisper-quiet NVH, along with ultra-low operating and maintenance costs.

Source: Bollinger Motors

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18 responses to "Bollinger EV Truck Looks Ready For The Outdoors"

  1. PHEVfan says:

    Judging from the reflection in the puddle, it has no body contour whatsoever. Think older Jeeps or 1st gen Hummers.

    I guess it saves money to not have to tool up a body style, but it also will turn off some buyers who use a truck for dual use (work and personal). The tech will be the only draw, so it will have to be stellar to sell.

    1. Devin Serpa says:

      The Jeep has sold more than most.

  2. GT says:

    As someone pointed out over on Electrek – it looks like that image is just a Photoshop job of a stock photo puddle with the car superimposed on top.

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/reflection-of-trees-in-puddle-on-muddy-field-royalty-free-image/603143009

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      Haha, so it appears. People have too much time on their hands to catch this stuff, I envy them. 😉

      1. Nick says:

        That’s the wisdom of crowds.

    2. Devin Serpa says:

      Because they couldn’t possibly have found that spot again.

      1. GT says:

        I almost said, “possible, but not likely”, so I made a quick overlay to prove exactly how unlikely it is.

        They didn’t even crop the stock image from its original size. In the link is a 50% overlay of the stock image over Bollinger’s, plus a cutaway in the upper left corner of the stock so that 100% Bollinger appears in the upper right corner. It’s a perfect overlay.

        1. GT says:

          Whoop, I mean the upper left corner is all Bollinger.

        2. Devin Serpa says:

          Thank you for the southing.

    3. PHEVfan says:

      That was a good catch. It is obviously superimposed if you look at the “refletion” of the tree on the window and door of the truck. It is not a reflection of the tree branch, but a continuation of the trunk of the branch.

      1. PHEVfan says:

        “reflection”

  3. James says:

    The sheer cost of manufacturing such a truck would seem to prevent it reaching the hands of the mainstream consumer.

    VIA has gone after the fleet business. This makes sense for fleets as they can write off a trial period with a PHEV truck that costs $90,000. That expense might make sense for a fleet manager because it could be leased, or have such heavy use as to recover the original cost in fuel savings over an extended length of time.

    It would take mass production of a PHEV or all electric truck for it to make sense to the domestic large truck market.

    Niche, or specialty markets? Maybe. Bollinger seems too small a company to attempt an assault on the large pickup truck market.

    Workforce Group is suggesting their PHEV pickup truck with 80 miles range could have legs in the industry. How could they compete with the big boys with batteries being as expensive to procure as they are?

    1. wavelet says:

      ++
      I also don’t see a startup company succeeding at this (and I’ve never heard of them, nor can I find any record of investors, so someone correct me if wrong, but that what they appear to be).

      A business isn’t going to buy an expensive truck it has to rely on unless there’s serious financial backing for the truckmaker assuring service. Even VIA motors apparently lacks funding to go into production…

    2. PHEVfan says:

      Trucks (and large SUVs) have some of the highest markups in the industry. While it may be hard to compete in the cut-throat low price small car arena, at least in the truck realm there is some room to add a battery and not lose your shirt when competing against the big automakers.

  4. John says:

    Looks like it’s been made from sheets of plywood…holy cow that’s flat!

  5. Dav8or says:

    I’m pretty sure there’s a website out there somewhere where you can make a deposit on one of these miracle, super does all, bad boys… There always is.

  6. Devin Serpa says:

    Got this email this morning, excited!

  7. Devin Serpa says:

    Via Motors replied to my email regarding a fully electric power train with “We’ll see what happens…”

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