Bollinger Motors Releases First Sketch Of 4-Door B1 Electric Truck

1 week ago by Domenick Yoney 15

4-Door Bollinger B1 Electric Truck

Maybe a bigger Bollinger B1 is better.

It’s been little more than a month since startup Bollinger Motors captured the hearts and minds of many with the reveal of its first prototype: the all-electric B1 four-wheel-drive sport utility truck. Already though, plans seem underway for a four-door derivation of the original.

Bollinger B1 electric truck side view

Bollinger B1 Two-Door Version – For Comparative Purposes

The outfit has just released a sketch from its assistant designer Ross Compton that stretches the chassis by nine inches between the axles and adds a second set of doors. We’ll leave it to you to say whether the exercise is aesthetically successful, but it’s probably worth noting that the not-completely-dissimilar Jeep Wrangler has done quite well with its quad configuration of passenger portals. And why wouldn’t it? While the increased wheelbase might slightly diminish the turning circle and breakover angle, it improves cargo volume by an additional six cubic feet and enhances on-road driving characteristics, not to mention the obvious easing of access for back seat passengers.

According to the New York-based company, other specifications would be unaffected. The ground clearance is still an impressive 15.5 inches; the approach and departure angles stay at 56 and 53 degrees, respectively. Weight will likely increase — the significantly larger 20-inch stretch of the four-door Jeep Wrangler adds 200 pounds to it — and could lightly impact range, as the battery options of either 60 or 100 kWh remains unaffected. Generally, more weight requires more energy.

From the missive sent along with the sketch you see above, we get the strong impression that Bollinger fully intends to build both versions of the B1. And, in fact, it declares that the orange paint that appears in the image will be available when it first leaves the factory doors.

Of course, this effort is just getting started, with the team now immersed in engineering the production model, so it will be some time before a buyer can take delivery (February 2019 was the seemingly optimistic target date mentioned at the reveal). If you’re super obsessed with this electric truck and want to get your hands on something similar sooner, we suggest you check out the video below of the 3D-printed 1:10 scale RC put together by Ji-Wook Kim. Looks great riding trails and climbing rocks and, at $180 for the body kit, is a whole lot cheaper than the full size vehicle.

Source: Bollinger Motors

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15 responses to "Bollinger Motors Releases First Sketch Of 4-Door B1 Electric Truck"

  1. offib says:

    How imaginative.

  2. DJ says:

    Personally I think it’s pretty shady that they purposely made the thing so heavy that they can skirt a bunch of regulations. I mean I get why they did it but you certainly won’t find me behind the wheel of one driving down the highway.

    Who knows, maybe this one can actually carry some sheets of plywood without having to have it dangle out the back as well.

    1. Nick says:

      > Who knows, maybe this one can actually carry some sheets of plywood without having to have it dangle out the back as well.

      If you can’t carry full sheets of plywood and have full amphibious capability, it has no use to anyone. 😀

  3. ModernMarvelFan says:

    That thing is going to have an efficiency of 1.8 miles/kWh at hwy speed…

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I doubt most people buying this truck will care what its highway performance is. This is essentially a utility truck scaled up to do some serious work. Utility trucks are off-road vehicles. This truck will likely be street legal, but its primary intended function would be working at construction sites and the like. I presume it would be used to haul stuff in from the local Home Depot, but otherwise it seems to me that most of the highway driving would merely be to get from one construction site to another.

  4. F150 Brian says:

    OK, now we’re talking! Finally a useful EV (yes that’s both serious and provocative 🙂

    Get to the specs already – including towing capacity.

  5. Rich says:

    Very nice. Glad to see they’re going to offer a 4 door version.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I would think that Bolinger would do better at using a longer vehicle to offer a longer bed, so it could carry that stack of 4 x 8 sheets of plywood they talked about without having 1/3 of the load hanging off the back.

      Yeah, I understand it’s designed like a jeep, but since it’s built to haul heavy loads, it ought to have a bed at least as long as a pickup. Jeeps are generally not called on to carry large heavy loads.

      1. VazzedUp says:

        Expect it will have utility like the B1, allowing you to take out the rear seats (and doors) and slide the back hatch to behind the front seats leaving a bigger (by 9″) bed in back.
        Love the design, would enjoy driving it to work and the trailhead.

  6. Mevp says:

    Ok, I’ll stop drooling now and go wipe up my slobber.

  7. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “We’ll leave it to you to say whether the exercise is aesthetically successful, but it’s probably worth noting that the not-completely-dissimilar Jeep Wrangler has done quite well with its quad configuration of passenger portals.”

    But this isn’t aimed at the jeep market. This is a strictly utilitarian heavy-duty truck.

    I’m not foolish enough to think that nobody will be judging this truck on its appearance, but Bolinger is aiming at the market for a no-frills, practical working truck that can stand up to heavy use. It’s not at all aiming at the market people who want to use a jeep or a “he-man” pickup as their daily driver.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “…this isn’t aimed at the jeep market.”

      Correction: I should have said “this isn’t aimed at the Jeep market.” A jeep is a utilitarian vehicle; a Jeep is a passenger vehicle.

    2. Rob Stark says:

      If the Bollinger was aimed primarily at the utilitarian market the details would not be so gorgeous.

      This is a tool in the same way a Rolex Submariner is a tool for divers.

      This is for guys that secretly craved a Hummer H2 but could not stomach 10 mpg.

      1. MTN Ranger says:

        I think it looks more like a Land Rover Defender, which is awesome.

  8. Ocean Railroader says:

    The question I have is how many cinder blocks can I move with it at a time. In that Cinder blocks are big and heavy and take up a lot of space. The bulk of a cinder block’s cost is moving it from point A to point B.

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