Bollinger B1 Goes Off-Roading As Reservations Hit 10,000 – Video

3 weeks ago by Domenick Yoney 9

SEMA appearance set for October 31st

Bollinger Motors may be an upstart, wannabe automaker with only a handful of employees, but it sure knows how to make a lot of noise. Even if its first vehicle — an all-electric, boxy Swiss army knife on wheels called the B1 — doesn’t.

Bollinger B1 goes off-road

On Saturday, the New York company uploaded a bit of footage fans have been waiting for: a little off-road foray (we’ve already seen it at speed on a track). Now, it’s not the most dramatic four-wheeling video we’ve ever seen. There is no triumphant conquering of sloppy mud pits or near-vertical slopes. Announcing this morning that it intends to show off its cubic creation at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (SEMA) show at the end of the month, we can understand they would want to avoid scratching up its sole prototype.  Still, the black and white video of the SUT is an enjoyable watch.

For one, it ventured forth with doors and roof off, the way any self-respecting adventure machine ought to appear while leisurely strolling through a leaf-strewn Fall forest. It also aptly demonstrates the advantages of its crazy 15.5-inch ground clearance, rolling across uneven terrain with zero worries. We do see it tackle one tree trunk, which, while moderate in size, is located on a pretty steep hill. It climbs up and over without spinning a tread.

This morning, Bollinger quite proudly also announced that it has received 10,000 reservations after only sixty days since the B1’s reveal. Of course, these are zero-deposit expressions of interest that could drop dramatically if pricing, when it becomes known, is seen as too high. Nonetheless, it’s encouraging to see that it’s gotten so many people’s attention at this stage of the game, and the company remains high on our list of efforts to watch out for.

Source: YouTube, Bollinger Motors

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9 responses to "Bollinger B1 Goes Off-Roading As Reservations Hit 10,000 – Video"

  1. Nix says:

    It seems decent offroad, but doesn’t flex as well as a Jeep Rubicon.

    20 seconds in, the RTI doesn’t look that great. It could use more articulation/wheel travel for offroad use. A solid axle 4X4 like a Jeep wouldn’t have lifted a wheel. (not lifting wheels is good, lifting wheels is not so good).

    The IFS is going to limit its off-road abilities. They would have to figure out how to increase the control arm length to get more wheel travel, or go solid axle.

    But overall not to shabby. The portal axles certainly do better than the Jeep Rubicon at maximizing clearance. They could have driven the B1 right over some of those logs without putting a tire on them and cleared them, where a Jeep Rubicon would have hung up on the diffs.

  2. ModernMarvelFan says:

    That looks like one fun truck!

    Maybe they should take it to the Rubicon Trail and capture some real world video.

  3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Well, I’ll forgive them the hype of calling somebody clicking a box on their website a “reservation”.

    Good to see an EV in a new market segment, even if it’s a small niche market. I’ve always been a fan of practicality over style, and I really hope Bollinger flourishes and grows.

    Go Bollinger!

    1. Robb Stark says:

      In order to get a “reservation” you need to give Bollinger your name,address, phone number and email.

      If someone is not interested in a B1 I doubt they want to be bombarded with marketing material and sales calls.

      Among the 10k I am sure there are window shoppers that want to know everything about the B1 without the funds and/or intent of ever buying one.

      But out of those 10k there are a large number of people that will buy if the price is reasonable and they can get the B1 serviced in their area.

      And like Tesla they have generated interest without paid advertisements.

      1. Nix says:

        Over the last 2 months, I’ve gotten 2 emails. So spam isn’t a problem. And the emails have been more informative than spammy, but maybe I’m wrong? I’ll let you decide. Here are the two emails I got:

        “In case you didn’t know we were planning on making a 4 Door version of the B1, well we are! And here’s a sketch of how it will look.

        The B1 4 Door has great proportions and keeps its amazing off-road capabilities since we only had to stretch the chassis by 9 inches.

        Adding the 2 doors creates a new overall vehicle length of 159 inches and new wheelbase of 114 inches. The 4 Door will have the same class-leading ground clearance (15.5 in), adjustable wheel travel (+5/-5 in), approach angle (56 degrees) and departure angle (53 degrees), and will have a new breakover angle of 31 degrees.

        The lengthier vehicle now provides an additional 6 cu. ft. of cargo volume for a total of 101 cu. ft. Both the 2- and 4-door variants will have the same battery options available of either 60 kWh or 100 kWh.

        Engineering the B1 to production is underway and additional specifications and information will be coming out later.

        You will be able to choose the 2-Door or 4-Door version sometime next year. Your reservation is for good for either.

        If you’re on both our Reservation List and Newsletter List and want to opt out of too many emails, please be sure to opt out of the Newsletter List, not the Reservation List.

        Thank you so much for your support!

        -Robert Bollinger”

        1. Nix says:

          Other email:

          “Thank you for reserving your Bollinger B1 All-Electric, All-Wheel-Drive Sport Utility Truck.

          We are excited by the overwhelming response we’ve received about the truck and are working diligently to bring it to production.

          Sometime in 2018 you will have the opportunity to pre-order your B1 with a down payment, with the option of either 2-Door or 4-Door and either 60 kWh or 100 kWh battery pack. Other options will be listed then. And the ability to convert between full-cab and half-cab is a standard feature of every B1 – no need to choose.

          A retail price will be announced later this year. Our goal is to get the truck rolling off the assembly line in early 2019.

          There’s still so much to do, but we are on it!

          The B1 will be manufactured with certification and compliance for road use in the United States and Canada. Following that, we will be looking at export to other countries in both left hand drive and right hand drive versions.

          As a start-up automotive company we have a lot of hard work ahead. Thank you so much for all of the great comments and encouragement you’ve sent us.

          More info to come!

          Thank you again,
          Robert Bollinger
          Bollinger Motors”

          Now everybody has been spammed the same as a reservation holder, so if you are worried about being spammed, you can judge for yourself.

      2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Robb Stark said:

        “In order to get a ‘reservation’ you need to give Bollinger your name,address, phone number and email.”

        Seems pretty intrusive. I signed up for Rivian Automotive’s newsletter, but if I recall correctly, I only had to give my name and e-mail address. Haven’t gotten anything from them yet.

  4. Vinny says:

    Hopefully the 10,000 “expressions of interest” helps convince investors this will sell if it comes to market.

    I am having the same experience as Nix, have gotten the same two emails he posted and nothing more.

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