Bollinger B1 Electric Truck – A “Making Of” Video

MAR 20 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 14

Electric box!

The Bollinger B1 is the most exciting all-electric vehicle in development right now. Sure, it won’t save the world by selling millions of copies and reduce humanity’s carbon footprint to pre-industrial revolution levels. And yeah, you could build a strong case that the Tesla Semi has the potential for a much bigger positive impact. You could also argue that the technical showcase that is the freshly revealed Rimac C_Two is a far more thrilling machine — certainly its unreal performance is significantly superior. On asphalt, at least.

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The Bollinger B1 isn’t thrilling because it’s electric, though. This sports utility truck thoroughly roasts our chestnuts because its uniquely and singularly-focused, super-utilitarian design checks all the boxes. It checks boxes we never even knew existed. It checks boxes within those previously-undiscovered boxes.  All this while being, essentially, a box. A very rugged, yet attractive classic-looking box. One penciled out and fabricated by a small, talented team. Oh, and it’s electric.

This means whens it powers up a winding track on a steep, forested hill, it’s not loudly bragging to the world about all the raw power it’s unleashing. It’s just quietly doing its job and allowing the driver to focus on driving and, if the top and doors are off, letting everyone on board commune with the nature that surrounds them. How cool is that?

We could go on and on, but the reason you’re here isn’t really to listen to us sing the B1’s praises. You’re here because the Bollinger team put together a video that introduces you to the team behind this boxy beast, and shows you how they put it together. So, if you haven’t already, lean back and press play on the video above. And enjoy.

Press blast below:

Bollinger Motors captured the attention of the automotive world after revealing its all-electric Bollinger B1 Sport Utility Truck (SUT) last year. The unveiling was a memorable capstone to company founder Robert Bollinger’s lifelong childhood dream of one day designing and creating a vehicle of his own. As Bollinger Motors ramps up B1 production in earnest, the company has released a short movie delving into the design process and technology behind the first all-electric multi-purpose vehicle of its kind. The visual exploration prominently features the special team of engineers, designers, and technicians that Bollinger Motors assembled to pave the way for the B1 SUT.

“The B1 really came out of a sudden brainstorm to combine into one truck all the things I needed for use on my farm,” comments Bollinger Motors Founder Robert Bollinger. “Unfortunately, the light-duty truck hasn’t really evolved much in the last century; I found myself really wanting one all-purpose vehicle that could perform daily farm duties, remote construction projects, exploring off-road, and more. The underlying concept behind the B1 was make the truck incredibly capable and strong.”

Equipped with a degree in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon and following a distinguished career as an advertising executive, Robert Bollinger made the B1 a reality. The Bollinger B1 is all-electric, all-wheel drive with 50/50 weight distribution, 15 inches of ground clearance, and carrying capacity for as many as 72 sheets of ½-inch drywall or 24 long 2x4s thanks to the 12’ long distance inside between closed front and rear lift gates.

The 100% electric SUT will deliver a minimum 200-mile range and can also be used as a remote power source for electric tools and power for off-grid domiciles. The B1 is truly a multi-purpose utilitarian transportation solution.

The build video introduces the collective minds behind the EV truck. Each Bollinger Motors team member describes their contributions making the prototype truck. They also outline the process of creating a proof-of-concept prototype from CAD diagrams to actual CNC-produced parts. From a design perspective, the Bollinger B1 genesis artfully combines simple styling with high-precision execution. The trademark flat body panels and sharp angles of the vehicle echo vintage truck designs and can be easily reproduced and replaced.

The Bollinger Motors B1 features an all-aluminum chassis and body with a dual-motor electric powertrain married to a 120-kWh battery pack providing a minimum 200-mile range. The 5,000-pound truck has a payload capacity of 5,000 pounds, and an adjustable suspension can vary ground clearance from 10 to 20 inches.

Echoing the Bollinger design objective of distilling down everything that isn’t absolutely essential to the overall build, the video itself is rendered in black-and-white. The video documents the 20-month-long process of conceiving a new vehicle from an idea to creating a prototype to revealing that truck for the first time to the public. For more information on Bollinger Motors and the B1, please visit www.bollingermotors.com.

Source: Bollinger Motors

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14 Comments on "Bollinger B1 Electric Truck – A “Making Of” Video"

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im on da list hopefully it has a 50 state service cnters, also in for the long run. this is a niche vehicle, i like it. look very safe which is my # 1 concern. I lease a kia soul ev very reasonable and supposedly very safe. dont need a super mile range ev. i like da power outlets i camp way out in da woods dont lyk da sound of da generator.
QUIET TYM AFTA 10 pm is annoying this vehicle will eliminate dat.

The battery range is a serious concern when this truck is used for off roading. This thing will have to be towed to where you use it and even then the range is very limiting as there are number of bad things that can happen in the boonies that could require you to drive many unplanned miles. IMO a range extender, even a small one like the one used in the BMW I3 would go a long way to resolve this issue.

I was thinking the same thing. At least some outlet and on-board charger that can handle a small generator. Even the ability to put a 250w thin solar panel would be good. If these guys want to make this thing cost less, they should make it a kit car kind of like the Meyers Manx dune buggy.

I recall seeing something that is equivalent to a “jerry can” for ICE offroad vehicles, and it is a more energy dense (higher Wh/kg) battery. Tesla actually had some ideas about putting I think a small metal-air type battery in the front trunk the seem so eager to include on all their vehicles (but is there one on the Tesla Semi?). If you build a slower-charging, more dense battery as a $2000 add-on, the off-road crowd will buy it.

I REALLY want the high density portable energy storage market to take off for use with electric ATVs, boats, camp “generator” etc.

For that use, 5KWh capacity would be great. Charge times are way less of an issue than weight and cost.

But for use as a “Jerry can” for a truck like this, that would only give you 8-10 miles range. Which is OK, just buy several of them.

I’d expect the price to be higher than $2K for the next half-dozen years.

Also, there would be no TMS so the vehicle would have to allow this energy to be transferred to it slow enough to not generate excess heat – probably high voltage DC.

“IMO a range extender, even a small one like the one used in the BMW I3 would go a long way to resolve this issue.”
Watching this monster truck getting moved by the 0.6 liter the i3 has would be funny as hell.

The biggest concern with Bollinger isn’t the design (which is nicely modular, and also ought to make it decently easy to manufacture & repair).
It isn’t even the price, although I suspect the “expected” $60K starting price to be over-optimistic, and the 120kWh version which you’d need for a real 200mi range (less when towing) to be more like $100K .
The big question is whether the company can find funding for mass production quickly (they plan to start selling mid-2019, IIUC)… It won’t be a high-volume seller, at least not initially, so RoI for investors may be slow.

Unlike Workhorse, they don’t seem to be thinking of fleets, who might be able to justify high upfront cost via TCO.
I also think the lack of a REx is a serious one.

Final specs, price and plans pending…

But why couldn’t it be a high volume vehicle? Jeep sold 257,000 Wranglers last year and I’m sure a lot of them were high spec unlimited models.
Jeep took a prototype all-electric Jeep to an off-roader’s event and the faithful were blown away with it’s rock crawling ability.

If they can keep the price in the $60-70K range I think then could move 20K+ units per year.

Building a factory that can mass produce hundreds of thousands of vehicles is a tremendous undertaking that requires a ton of engineering expertise and tens of billions of dollars to pull off, and even then there’s no guarantee.

Tesla, for all of their engineers, deep pockets, and public good will has run into tremendous challenges in attempting to scale up production.

I guess, as it turns out, it’s harder to build a car factory than it is to build an electric car that a regular person would want to own.

Take Note Porsche, Tesla, GM, VW, etc. Forget your future roadsters or sports cars because Domenick thinks this admitted “electric box” is the most exciting.

Has IEV’s changed their policy regarding accepting advertising? I notice the ‘charging’ section no longer has comments and reads for all like the particular manufacturers listed are either current or former advertisers here.

So then the claim can still be made that no articles are written for $$$… But if that indirect arrangement is apparent, what are we to make of that?

Curiously no mention of ‘cost-effective’ docking cords such as the $199 extremely popular Duosida unit I own – the unit comes in 16 amp models (like mine), and also a somewhat more pricey 32 ampere model which would be good enough for any ev. I happen to like the units since they use quality plugs, cords, and have substantial housings – besides totally trouble free quick negotiation.

We don’t write articles for advertiser money, and we don’t change opinions or facts due to any kickbacks. We just share the stories we feel people are excited to read based on historical data and traffic. I wasn’t aware that there were comments on the charger page. If so, they may have been lost during the transition. We will find out what happened to those, and I do believe that the charging section is due for an update. However, the long list of other updates and fixes has likely taken precedence. Thank you for pointing it out. It wasn’t intentional.

The companies you mention certainly have some exciting vehicles in the works — Mission E Cross and ID Buzz spring to mind — It’s just that this box is so unique. And, with a number of videos produced, they are allowing us some great insight into the vehicles development, which adds to my excitement.

Regarding the charger page, I’m not especially familiar with it, so I can’t speak to the comments being gone. It may be something lost in the site overhaul, but I can’t say whether they are coming back.

The Forum is more my wheelhouse.

To rich for my blood. But I do like it, I like that it’s all electric, and the super utilitarian aspect, but went to far for me…I’m a technology guy, who enjoys gadgets. I think I’d perfer the W-15 truck over this, but this is a pretty close second.

“But why couldn’t it be a high volume vehicle?”
1) The (hopefully) $70K version would be for a 60K battery — with 2 motors, 2 electronic locking differentials, dual gearboxes & heavy-guage body it’s not cheap to build, and neither is it going to be lightweight. Bollinger’s own estimate for EPA range for that version is 120mi. It’s a safe bet that with the boxy shape and high ground clearance, that’s more like 80mi at highway speeds. Probably 50mi if towing anything non-negligible.
The mainstream Jeep customers aren’t gonna for for that.

So only the 120kWh is relevant for someone who doesn’t actually live in the woods they want to play in. $100K is a big chunk of change.

2) As noted above, it take a lot of money to build a high-volume production capacity, even if the demand were there. Tesla just got lucky that one such was available at fire sale price, and in NorCal to boot.