Bollinger B1 Electric Truck Ready For Work, CHAdeMO Fast Charging – Watch Livestream Debut

Bollinger B1

JUL 27 2017 BY SEBASTIAN BLANCO 63

Bollinger B1 Front 3/4

An EV made for the construction site.

The electric vehicle market is growing. While plenty of small hatchbacks and sedans are here and more are coming, the time of the large plug-in vehicle is dawning.

Bollinger B1 – Is 0-60mph a needed stat? Probably not…but it will accomplish the feat in 4.5 seconds!

The Tesla Model X and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (yes, it plugs in) were among the first, but now more and more companies are getting into the electric CUV and SUV game. Trucks, though, are still a rarity. Ford is talking about an electric F-150 and there is, of course, the mysterious Tesla Truck. Tonight, though, the electric truck world belongs to the Bollinger B1.

Of note: InsideEVs is in New York for debut, a livestream of which you can catch below!

The EV start-up revealed the B1 at a private media event from the Classic Car Club of Manhattan, calling it “the world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive, off/on road sport utility truck.” The vehicle is ready for work with a bed and pass-through area that can hold 72 sheets of 1/2-inch plywood or 24 2x4s. There is room for four people in the cabin, and the battery and powertrain are all placed low in the truck, between the chassis rails. There are 100-volt, 12-volt, and USB outlets spread throughout the truck.

Bollinger B1 side profile

Bollinger B1 side profile

Here are some specs that Bollinger is calling the B1’s “standard features”:

  • 60 or 100 kWh battery pack, which give the truck either 120 or 200 miles of range
  • 0-60 mile-per-hour time of 4.5 seconds
  • 127 mph top speed
  • 360 horsepower
  • 472 foot-pounds of torque
  • Charge time of 7 hours (60 kWh) or 12 hours (100 kWh), with CHAdeMO DC Fast Charging available (45 or 75 minutes, respectively)
  • 15.5-inch ground clearance (adjustable to between 10 and 20 inches)
  • 3,900 “total vehicle weight” and a 10,001 GVWR
  • 6,100 pounds towing capacity
  • 6,100 pounds payload capacity
  • 95 cubic feet of total cargo capacity with rear seats removed, of which 14 cu. ft. are in the frunk
  • 67.4 MPGe estimate
  • The B1 is 150 inches long, 76.5 inches wide, and 73.5 inches high and has a 50/50 weight balance

The Bollinger B1

Bollinger B1 rear 3/4

Of course, revealing an electric truck and actually building one are two different things.

To make good on the promises made tonight, Bollinger says it is in talks with “third-party independent vehicle manufacturers in the U.S. who are conducting feasibility studies and financial estimates.” Because of this, the company has no information to share just yet about a possible price or annual production numbers. These figures are supposed to come later this year, but Bollinger Motors is saying that it will start taking $1,000 deposits in early 2018 and deliveries will begin by February 2019. If you’re interested, you can make a reservation here.

There is a live stream (start time 7:00 PM Eastern) of the reveal available on the Bollinger website.

 

Bollinger B1

This post will be updated as the evening goes on and we learn more at the reveal event.

Video (below):  InsideEVs is live in New York for the Bollinger B1 debut – check it out!

A look inside the rear of the Bollinger B1

Plugging into the Bollinger B1

Gallery (below):  Bollinger B1 Electric Truck

Bollinger Press Release:

Bollinger Motors Reveals B1 – World’s First All-Electric Sport Utility Truck

  • The Classic Car Club of Manhattan hosts the world premiere of the new Bollinger B1

  • The Bollinger B1 is a no nonsense back-to-basics all-electric sport utility truck (SUT) with exceptional off road capability

  • The world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive, off/ on road sport utility truck

  • This environmentally-friendly project is a showcase for American ingenuity and a model for clean energy enterprise and innovation designed, engineered and manufactured in the US

  • For full product information, click here for images and technical specifications:  http://bollingermototrs.com/pressroom

July 27, 2017 7:00 pm ET (New York, NY) –  Today, Bollinger Motors revealed the all-electric B1 sport utility truck to a global audience during a media event at the Classic Car Club of Manhattan.

Created from a clean sheet using a lightweight aluminum architecture, the Bollinger B1 is innovating the truck category by building the world’s first fully working prototype of an all-electric sport utility truck. The B1 is painted in a special “Gunhouse” Grey, which is a nod to the road where the development work was completed, with black accents and a black satin wheel finish to complete the exterior appearance. The vehicle incorporates a rugged, heavy-duty truck design with a classic, 3-box look that will resonate with contemporary and traditional off-road vehicle enthusiasts. At an overall length of 150 (in), a width of 76.5 (in) and a height 73.5 (in) the B1 has an impressive stance and a perfect 50/50 weight balance front to back and side to side. The dual-motor powertrain provides full-time all-wheel drive, with best in class horsepower, torque and ground clearance distinguishing it from every other truck currently on the market.

“We are so thrilled to be able to finally take the wraps off of our Bollinger B1 SUT,” said Bollinger Motors’ founder and CEO, Robert Bollinger. “This is the culmination of what has been a 40-year-long boyhood dream of mine and I couldn’t be more pleased with the vehicle and the incredible team who worked so hard to create it.”

CHASSIS

The B1 employs an advanced chassis structure to underpin the vehicle and house its battery system and provide support for its off roading components.

The all-aluminum chassis with a high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) steel rollover structure is designed for optimal off road vehicle proportions. It sports a wheelbase of 105 inches, front and rear track of 68 inches, an approach angle of 56 degrees, departure angle of 53 degrees, and break over angle of 33 degrees. The chassis by itself weighs just 295 pounds while not sacrificing structural or torsional rigidity. The base ride height provides for 15.5 inches of ground clearance but will be adjustable using a self-leveling, 4-wheel independent, hydro-pneumatic suspension within the 10 inches of wheel travel. Disconnectable anti-roll bars allow traction enhancing, full suspension articulation during off-road maneuvers.

“Because the entire drivetrain and battery storage system is located between the chassis rails, the B1 has abundant and unique storage areas and a very low center of gravity providing for unsurpassed stability,” said Karl Hacken, Bollinger Motors’ lead engineer. “The hydraulically-assisted steering rack was designed in-house allowing us the ability to fine tune the driving dynamics to our exact specifications.”

The chassis rides on Mud Terrain LT285/70/R17 tires with high offset aluminum wheels for go anywhere traction and performance. The wheels are attached with eight lugs to knuckle-housed, geared axle hubs, which allow the entire suspension system to be raised on the chassis giving it the ability to clear a multitude of off-road obstructions. The regenerative braking system consists of 11.75 inch vented inboard discs and four-piston calipers.

PERFORMANCE

While the Bollinger B1 sports serious off-roading credentials, the vehicle also has impressive performance statistics generating 360 horsepower and a massive 472 lb-ft of torque. And with the instant torque provided courtesy of the electric drivetrain, the B1 has a noteworthy 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 127 miles per hour. The B1 weighs in at just 3,900 lbs giving it a 10.8 power to weight ratio. With a payload capacity of 6,100 lbs, the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) checks in at just over 10,001 lbs.

“The B1 combines Bollinger Motors’ advanced all-wheel-drive system with our all-electric powertrain to produce best-in-class horsepower, torque and ground clearance,” said CJ Winegar, Bollinger Motors engineer. “This vehicle signifies a huge leap above what is currently on the market. There’s nothing like it out there.”

The B1 employs a dual-motor powertrain configuration using front- and rear- mounted synchronous electric motors driving all four wheels, delivering up to 270 kW (360 hp) power. The production B1 will offer two lithium ion battery pack options: 60 kWh or 100 kWh, producing either 120 miles or 200 miles in range.

“At either a 120 or 200 mile estimated range, the Bollinger B1 will have more range than most electric vehicles on the road today,” said  John Hutchison, Bollinger Motors engineer. “The average US driver travels less than 36 miles per day, so the B1 has plenty of charge for anything you throw at it. I think we found the right combination of utility, off-road capability and range options.”

The B1 has a J1772 universal connector for conventional 110V and 220V charging while Level 3 “DC Fast” charging is completed through a CHAdeMO protocol charge port on the vehicle’s fender. The battery pack compartments are encased in four layers of protection between metal casings and water tight seals which are engineered to withstand submersion under 3.3ft of water for 30 minutes, which is the industry standard for EVs.

INTERIOR

The Gunhouse Grey color and black accents are carried through to the interior with black leather seats. As this is a vehicle designed with the rugged outdoorsman in mind, the Bollinger SUT seats up to four occupants wrapped in a steel passenger safety cage. For ease of cleanup the interior can be fully hosed down as all of the instruments have rubber seals and gaskets and polyurethane-coated floor pans.

The interior is minimalist by design providing only the necessary controls to operate the vehicle both on and off road. The vehicle’s generous use of aluminum continues into the occupant cabin and is featured along the instrument panel (IP). The IP has four prominent circular gauges including a digital readout for ready status, range updates, charging status and all FMVSS warning signals. A mechanical speedometer is employed with an odometer inset; a battery level indicator; turn signals; and there’s also a unique mechanical tachometer which displays the average of the two motor’s revolutions per minute. All of the gauges have chrome bezels, black backgrounds and white numbering and lettering giving the IP a clean and classic look.

The steering column is a traditional 3-spoke, leather-wrapped wheel with stalks on the left side of the column for the turning indicator and tilt wheel. On the right side of the column the driver has a “three on the tree” style PRNDL which controls the vehicle’s gear shift positions.

On the lower left side of the dash there are controls for lights, windshield wipers, air suspension and the built-in winch. On the lower right side, there are controls for front differential lock, rear differential lock, fan speed and climate control.

The HVAC system employs an industry first 3-section roller system which sits atop the dashboard and runs the length of the interior from the driver to passenger side of the vehicle. Occupants can choose to open and close the vents and they also have the ability to turn the roller toward or away from them for varying degrees of air flow. This also allows for a quick and direct manual defrosting or defogging of the front windscreen when necessary.

The center section of the dash also incorporates a unique 13 inch by 14 inch passthrough door. The compartment allows for easy access into the frunk and can accommodate up to 24 2X4 boards for either professional contractors or the do-it-yourselfer working on a weekend project. With unobstructed space between the closed front and rear liftgates, 12 foot boards can be fully stored within the enclosed truck. When the rear liftgate is down, boards up to 16 feet can easily be transported.

Above the passthrough sits a gauge-style, marine radio stereo receiver. The in-dash waterproof receiver has Bluetooth capability with AM/FM Radio, AUX Input for iPod/MP3 Players and SD/USB Flash Readers. Sound from the unit is directed to four speakers inside the cabin. To the right side of the passthrough are twin 110 volt power outlets which allow occupants the ability to hook up their electronic devices, camping equipment, power tools or whatever the adventure calls for.

“Since the B1 is an all-electric truck, it’s really a portable energy source,” Says Bollinger. “So we put 100 volt plugs throughout the truck so you can use it to power any equipment and tools you might need out in the field. USB and 12 volt plugs are also integrated into the dash to cover all power needs.”

“The interior follows the strong and straight-line design of the exterior using simplicity and straight-forwardness as the main design language,” said Ross Compton, who assisted Bollinger with the design of the B1. “We also wanted to give the vehicle a feel of openness and spaciousness so you can use the vehicle in a variety of different ways.”

MANUFACTURING AND RETAIL

Bollinger Motors has a design, engineering and development center in Hobart, New York and the company is in talks with third-party independent vehicle manufacturers in the US who are conducting feasibility studies and financial estimates. Using an established manufacturer brings with it an inherent knowledge of the build process and also helps to control and mitigate costs. Bollinger is also engaged with the state of New York and reviewing options for potential future build facilities.

“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. “When you factor in this vehicle’s superiority over the other choices on today’s market, we think we have a winning combination.”

Once manufacturing is finalized, B1 deliveries are targeted to start within 19 months. Initially a direct-to-consumer sales model will be employed for the B1 and , in the future, Bollinger will also look to open company and retail stores in major cities across the US. For now, the B1 will be available through bollingermotors.com and interested individuals can reserve a spot simply by signing up online with no money down. In early 2018 reservation holders will be able to order their B1 with a $1,000 down payment.

BOLLINGER B1 SPECIFICATIONS

  • Passengers 4
  • Seat Material and Color Black Leather
  • Drive AWD
  • 0-60 (sec) 4.5
  • Top Speed (mph) 127
  • Horsepower 360
  • Torque (lb-ft) 472
  • Total Vehicle Weight (lbs) 3,900
  • Chassis Weight (lbs) 295
  • Power / Weight Ratio 10.8
  • Energy Storage (kWh) 60 or 100
  • Range (mi) 120 or 200
  • Motor Dual Front/ Rear
  • MPGe (est) 67.4
  • Wheelbase (in) 105
  • Length (in) 150
  • Width (in) 76.5
  • Height (in) 73.5
  • Rear Track 68
  • Ground Clearance (in) Adjustable between 10 – 20
  • Approach/ Breakover / Departure 56/33/53
  • Payload Capacity (lbs) 6,100
  • Total Cargo Capacity w rear seats removed including the frunk and passthrough area (cu ft) 95
  • Storage Capacity Frunk (cu ft) 14
  • Towing Capacity (lbs) 6,100
  • How many sticks of 2x4s can fit through the passthrough 24
  • Length from front to rear liftgates with liftgates closed (ft) 12
  • Length from front to rear liftgates with liftgates open (ft) 15′ 4″
  • Number of 1/2″ sheets of 4×8 drywall stacked bottom to top on the rear cargo area 72
  • Wheel Size Front/Rear LT285/70/R17
  • Wheel Color Black Satin
  • GVWR (lbs) 10,001
  • Charging Ports J1772 (110 & 220) & CHAdeMO (DC Fast)
  • Brakes 11.75 inch vented; regenerative; 4-wheel anti-lock inboard discs
  • Width/ height of the pass-thru (in) 13″ wide x 14″ high
  • Charge Time 60 kWh (From fully depleted) Level 2 (220v):  7.3 hours – DC Fast: 45 min
  • Charge Time 100kWh (From fully depleted) Level 2 (220v):  12.1 hours- DC Fast: 75 min
  • Weight Balance 50/50
  • Skid Plate Thickness 1/4 inch ribbed aluminum
  • Exterior Color Gunhouse Grey with Black Accents

Source: Bollinger

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63 Comments on "Bollinger B1 Electric Truck Ready For Work, CHAdeMO Fast Charging – Watch Livestream Debut"

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offib
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offib

huh. Is this our first sponsored article?
(And you’re not the only ones, CNET just uploads a video about the b1 at the exact same time)

Bill Lakatos
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Bill Lakatos

It’s only 150 inches long? At 12.5 feet, that’s over a foot shorter than a Chevy Bolt — not much of a “full-sized” truck.

Ken
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Ken

I was thinking the same thing. How can it be only 150 inches long? That would be the size of a Geo Tracker.

Prad Bitt
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Prad Bitt

I want one! It’s a Tonka!

Rich
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Rich

150″ length has to be an error. There’s no way it’s holding 72 sheets of 1/2″ plywood in something this short.

A Jeep wrangler is 164-185″ L x 74″ W x 73″ H

Rich
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Rich

Green Car Reports has multiple photos of the B1. I see how they’re getting the plywood in. This thing looks awesome.

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We were a touch slow uploading the Bollinger press pics with the action from the live event – now included in story!
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Nix
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Nix

It is within inches of the Land Rover Defender 90 (~157 inches in length)

Ryan
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Ryan

“NONSENSE BACK-TO-BASICS ALL-ELECTRIC SPORT UTILITY TRUCK”

They might want to edit their copy.

John
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John

A short wheelbase electric Land Rover Defender as I live and breath … although 0-60 of 4.5 seconds is unlike any Land Rover known to man, including supercharged Range Rovers 🙂 More seriously the towing and payload are 2x to 3x respectively that of a Defender.

Probably will not be inexpensive (although the Defender wasn’t cheap either) but seems like there are many niche and perhaps not so niche markets in business and recreational applications, especially with up to 20″ ground clearance.

Nix
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Nix

I’m not sure what to think of this vehicle. I love the concept. I’m not so sure about saying it can carry a bunch of plywood by apparently hanging it off the back of the tailgate.

The design is very Land Rover. It is like they thought to themselves “hey, the Brits riveted together boxy aluminum Land Rover Series I multi-purpose off-roaders in the 1940’s, why can’t we? The riveted aluminum dash that doesn’t seem to include any airbags, and steering wheel also without airbags makes me wonder how ready they really are for production. It makes the timeline hard to accept as fact.

With all that said, it is about darn time for some off-road capable EV’s and PHEV’s that can out-work all the Jeeps and other trucks out there.

Clean up the design, make it pass safety standards, and bring it on!

Nix
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Nix

OK, the portal axles definitely score it some bonus points….

Nix
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Nix

continuing my conversation with myself…

It loses bonus points for no spare tire. A work truck needs a spare tire. If they really want to go crazy, they could offer an optional off-road wheel/tire package with 35’s and less wheel offset while they are at it. And an interior roll bar. I can’t see how that roof passes any roof safety tests designed any time after the 1980’s.

I wonder how much work it would take to get a REX motor out of a crashed BMW i3 REX and mount it into the frunk? It doesn’t have to power it down the highway or over the top of some mountain pass. Just allow you to charge up if you end up offroad far far from any electricity source (besides current bushes) where tow trucks don’t go.

Another Euro point of view
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Another Euro point of view

This “conversation with yourself” is interesting to read. You raise many interesting points.

Bob Nickson
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Bob Nickson

Or salvage a Volt powertrain and make an extended range trailer for it and only hook it up when you need it.

Robert Weekley
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A ‘Voltec Pushy’? Nice!

DL
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DL

I don’t know of any construction site that would need something like this.

William
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William

“Need” is much different sales metric than “Want”,in the New Truck Sales Business. “Want”, sells a crapload of new sheet metal every year on your local Stealer-ship Truck lot. The shoutout “Nice Truck”, makes for a huge incentive, for guys to pull the trigger on overkill, one of a kind, specialized/custom Trucks. There are catagories in this truck market that have yet to be still carved out, and when they are, especially Ford, and to a smaller degree GM, are going be playing “Ketchup”!
Seeing lots of Red on their ballance sheets.

wavelet
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wavelet

Very big difference between “want” — the use-a-truck-as-personal-vehicle is a bizarro US-only phenomenon — and “need”, which is entirely a TCO matter where the original Landrover Defenders are and were used — e.g., most of sub-Saharan Africa, although long since most have been replaced by Toyota’s Landcruiser. The 7-seater version is pretty much the ubiquitous safari vehicle.

Jay D
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Jay D

Gotta love the hyperbole and wish ’em luck on getting anywhere close to those stats. An electric utility truck with no pretense at aero or creature coddling is a great niche in the era of jellybean crossovers and plastic jeeps.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland
Don’t want to ‘Spill Milk’ over their preonouncements, but if they plan on making serious work trucks, they could cool it with the power, put a decent bed in the thing, and adjust the price accordingly. The relatively large batteries are attractive, though… Interesting how many MICRO CORRECT every statement made regarding Chademo Level 3 charging, but the industry seems to like keep using it for 2 reasons: 1). The original SAE position, while not perfect, segregated 3 different broad types of charging methods that commonly exist in North America. 2). The new convoluted confusing nomenclature was literally designed by committee, and that stuff about “AC Level 3” being either single or 3 phase lumps much more than 2 different types of connections (at least 1 style for single phase – unspecified, and about 4 differing methods for 3 phase, also unspecified, since THEY CAN’T FIGURE IT OUT EITHER). A real wet-dream from the self-appointed experts. They should have eaten humble pie a bit when all their great charging standards initially at least turned out to be so unreliable – when connection to a car from a wall box should be trivially easy since it is merely a First Quadrant… Read more »
John
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John

The acceleration is likely a function of the battery size/available power and somewhat of a by product but probably doesn’t harm the target market for this vehicle.

It seems like it would be a relatively simple operation to stretch the frame for longer wheelbase and longer bed version. But the recreational side (read those prepared to pay more) of that market might not like the styling so much and the pure work truck market may require a lower price point than this could achieve in the planned time frame.

Robert Weekley
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Solution: Aftermarket Style kits, from multiple suppliers!

Bob Nickson
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Bob Nickson

All it needs is a brush guard and push bar like a Land Rover Defender and it’s there.

Gibber
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Gibber

This thing is making me feel all tingly 🙂
Please build it!

Rich
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Rich

I didn’t notice the type of battery thermal management system this has. Any information available?

Dj
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Dj

Well I guess if they build it Nissan will be happy as they won’t be the only ones left doing Chademom 🙂

Mike
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Mike

Puzzling design choices. The flat nose, windshield, and sharp edges pretty much have the worst coefficient of drag you could possibly imagine. Yes it has a cool retro look, but why would you handicap a vehicle with such poor design choices. Poor aerodynamics, wasted space, structurally weak….

John
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John

I suspect the body style is driven by 2-3 factors.

1) Relatively simple, low cost panel forming. It even looks like everything could be made from welded flat panels with minimal bends. These guys are a small operation. They would be challenged to afford complex metal panel forming with no current production volume of anything. Other option would be composites like the Workhorse w-15 truck but the body might not stand up to the off road abuse.

2) Slab sides and flat front and rear make it easier to know where the corners are off road.

3) It may have been a deliberate decision to reflect classic Land Rover design cues for the target markets. There’s a likely not insignificant market that mourns the closing of the Defender production line and for which this could be a very attractive future option.

Kosh
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Kosh

Curved bodies are hard!

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

Those are the same design choices used on a utility vehicle. That means minimal development cost, and minimal use of expensive aluminum stamping machines.

Really, the lack of streamlining doesn’t matter much up to about 30 MPH. If the use is mostly limited to a worksite, that may not be a problem. The listed top speed of 125, though… that seems rather questionable to me, with an unstreamlined body.

You’re claiming it’s weak, just because the body is made of flat panels? Well, if it’s built on a frame, then I would think the real question is how strong the frame is. If it’s rated to carry the load indicated here, a 3 ton payload capacity, then they must be building it pretty strong.

Ahldor
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Ahldor

I get that it is a live stream, but the bad quality – is it due to old/cheap filming equipment, poor internet connection or the fact that you use a very bad platform (facebook) to upload it too?

Why then not just use Youtube?

K A Cheah
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THEY COULD ACHIEVE A LONGER RANGE WITH THE SAME BATTERY SIZE IF THEY REDUCE THE FRONTAL SURFACE AREA, BUT BEING SQUARISH IN FRONT WILL INCREASE THE SURFACE AREA THAT COULD ONLY MAKE THE WORKHORSE LESS EFFICIENT BECAUSE OF THE INCREASE IN THE DRAG-COEFFICIENT, BEST IS TO MAKE THE FRONTAL SURFACE AREA MUCH SMALLER IN THE SHAPE OF A BULLET LIKE THE BULLET TRAIN OR A WEDGE LIKE THE PORSCHE’S OR TESLA MODELS OR OTHER MAKES.

James
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James

Holy crap, this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I want this and a Model 3 and I’m done. I will drive this car until I die. Want, want, want, want, want!!! I had been considering ripping the drivetrain out of a Range Rover Defender 90 and using a Tesla donor, but this solves all my problems and checks every box. OMG, can you tell I’m excited? Mark me down for one deposit.

Kosh
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Kosh

Trucks have beds, for carrying stuff.

John
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John

It looks like the bed is shorter than the standard 5 feet truck bed which is a bit of a shame because this would otherwise be a good fit for an all electric off road truck camper. Failing that it would work well for all electric off road trailers.

Stick 1kW+ of solar panels on the roof of the camper or trailer and you could end up generating much if not all the off road power you need if doing relatively short off road distances, particularly on rough terrain.

Nix
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Nix

Their website mentions a 4-door option. I would expect that to be on a longer wheelbase, instead of stuffing 4 doors onto this exact body.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

Yeah, it seems strange to give this a 3+ ton payload capacity, but then give it a bed more like a Jeep than even a short-bed pickup.

Hopefully they’ll have an option for a longer bed. I really wouldn’t want to carry full plywood sheets with that much of the stack hanging off the back! That looks like an accident waiting to happen, especially if it’s being driven offroad.

Bob Nickson
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Bob Nickson

This is one vehicle shape that seems prime for integrated solar. At 39″ wide and 68″ long, two panels could fit on the roof, and with a slightly different design another could be integrated into the hood.

This would get you 1kW capacity and potentially up to 15 miles of range a day. That would cover my commute.

wavelet
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wavelet

Lots of details on the design which is nice. It also looks like mostly a prototype, with nothing like homologation-ready or production-intent vehicle.
The big question is of course how close they are to finding an investor to fund actual building.

Nix
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Nix

For reference, here is what the top end of the off-road hand-built retro resto-mod industry can charge:

$150,000 to $180,000 (or even $200K) for a vintage Bronco shell built with completely new drivetrain from the ground up.

http://classicfordbroncos.com/

$160,000-260,000 for vintage Toyota FJ’s and Bronco’s built with new drivetrains, full frame-off resto-mods:

http://www.icon4x4.com/

Based on this having to meet modern safety standards to be sold as a brand new car, and not a restoration, and all the aluminum and big batteries, if this is a limited production number vehicle I’d expect the price in at least this range.

John
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John

You may be correct but it seems possible it could come in well under $100k. The low ball base would be the $52.5k price point set by the Workhorse W-15 PHEV but that has a much smaller battery than this model so maybe $60k is lowest practical price point?

To be sure people are paying all the way up to half million dollar off road vehicles and beyond so I’m pretty sure there’s a market somewhere for this vehicle. Google EarthRoamer as an example of said $0.5M truck camper.

BK
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BK

72 sheets of 1/2 inch plywood weighs 4900 pounds, which I rather doubt this can carry.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

This “sport utility truck” looks like a utility vehicle scaled up to full size, something like the Workhorse W-15 PHEV pickup, altho this looks to be even more stripped down and Plain-Jane.

It’s going to be interesting to see if these companies can have any success at selling such limited production vehicles at a profit, and at what price.

Actually, the fact that they’re not yet giving an estimated price raises my confidence a bit. Far too many startups of this type quote an initial price which turns out to be naively low. Good to see that whoever is running this company is more cautious.

Skimming thru the specs… the only thing that jumps out at me as questionable is the 127 MPH top speed. For such an unstreamlined vehicle, especially one with a flat windshield, this seems to be a rather excessive and possibly dangerous speed. If it actually does enter production, I expect it will be electronically limited to a somewhat lower speed.

At any rate, I wish them luck!

Bob Nickson
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Bob Nickson

I love it and I want one.

Taser54
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Taser54

I like the look, I think the details of manufacture will scuttle this.

Steven
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Steven

Interesting idea, I wish them luck.

Just a suggestion though… Lock the top speed to 85, really, no one drives a jeep faster than that. And 0-to-60, six seconds is fast enough.

Other than that, good luck.

WadeTyhon
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WadeTyhon

I would never drive it, but I like the concept. More vehicles with more use cases is always better!

MAF
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MAF

I see no airbags, and the hard interior would not likely pass crash testing (especially unbelted). This is not ready.

C. Scott Ananian
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Doesn’t this thing look just like the fake-electric bad guy from Cars 2?

another_leaf_driver
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another_leaf_driver

It definitely looks rugged and not at least feminine. Love it! Not fragile either based on the carrying capacity.

AlphaEdge
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AlphaEdge

Great power and battery specs, but that front is so ugly, but I know, the guys who would be interested in this, is all about utility.

Would like to see some videos of it handling some really tough roads/off-road.

AlphaEdge
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AlphaEdge

Just noticed you can carry some loads through the entire length of the vehicle! That’s is very unique and amazing.

Mike
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Mike
It looks like something the boys over at Top Gear (now The Grand Tour) slapped together a few seasons ago in a shed. The “Hammerhead Eagle I-Thrust”. The Bollinger is obviously more refined than what Top Gear made for the show but it still looks like a box on wheels that was built by a group of very competent amateurs. Also, there don’t seem to be any safety systems like airbags etc. I doubt they’d be allowed to certify and market this vehicle for mass production without the required safety equipment found in modern vehicles. They don’t even have manufacturing capabilities even if it was safety compliant! This thing is vapourware…and a bit ugly/amateur-looking too. It’d be awesome if it was built by a bunch of guys for fun over a lot of weekends but it doesn’t look like something designed by an aspiring auto-manufacturer. Before anyone shouts me down you should know that I’m a huge fan of EV’s and would love to see a real Land Rover Defender EV or Jeep Wrangler EV. This vehicle isn’t even close to being like those no matter how much it resembles a Defender. There’s no reason EV’s need to be weird-looking… Read more »
Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

It’s a prototype. It’s not “vaporware”; the company isn’t promising you that it’s going to go on sale by a specific date. The lack of safety features is pretty typical for a prototype. It’s not intended to represent a production vehicle.

And if you think a working vehicle needs to be stylish, then obviously you’re not part of the intended market for the vehicle.

Now, may I suggest in what I hope is a civil manner that your negativity is inappropriate here.

Vinny
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Vinny

This is a seriously awesome beast! I want one!! NOW!! Hope it makes it to market.