Bollinger B1 To Go On Sale In U.S. In Mid 2019, Exports To Begin In 2020

1 week ago by Domenick Yoney 19

Got dunes?

We got pretty excited the other day when we noticed the British publication Autocar had done a piece on the Bollinger B1. That’s not to say one (or more) of us is a fan boi (we are). We just want to know every detail about this Land Rover-esque electric beast as it makes its way from drawing board to driveway so we can pass that along to you, dear reader.

Onwards and upwards at Moab

Unfortunately there wasn’t much new here, aside from a (not-unexpected) pushing back of the production start date from early 2019,  as we had been informed by founder and brand namesake Robert Bollinger in an August interview, to mid-2019. Then we reached the final line: “While the B1 is focused on the American market, the firm is aiming to start exporting models in 2020, principally to the Middle East.” Well, there’s something new.

Now, feeding the Middle East market doesn’t impact our audience so much (aside from those of you in the Middle East, of course), but it does raise a few questions. For example, how does the B1 handle in the soft sand that abounds in that region? Luckily, that question comes with an answer.

The Bollinger crew took a detour through Moab, Utah on its way to the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they let their creation stretch its considerable legs on the area’s famous rock formations and in the sandy dunes. And, luckily enough for us, they filmed it. The footage is brief, but the results are unequivocal: Bollinger B1 + sand = fun. Science! Looks like the electric truck will be as at home in the Middle East as it might in Maine.

If that 22-second clip is just too short, don’t panic. We have another just below of a very Moab-type ascent awaiting your hungry eyes. Enjoy!

And if you’re still yearning for more B1 action, then check out this video of the electric truck on Colorado’s “Road of Death.”

Source: Autocar

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19 responses to "Bollinger B1 To Go On Sale In U.S. In Mid 2019, Exports To Begin In 2020"

  1. John says:

    Hey, another concept vehicle that should ‘be available a couple years from now..’

    1. F150 Brian says:

      …for which no one on the planet has an equivalent in production.

      I’d say that makes them the leader, even if it’s not yet available.

      Go Bollinger!

      1. John says:

        There’s lots of vaporware that’s the first of it’s kind. That doesn’t ever get produced. Simply wanting it to be so doesn’t mean it will be.

        Why do folks constantly mistake realistic, pragmatic comments for rooting for failure???

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          All the reports we’ve seen indicate Bollinger is actually in the process of putting this vehicle into production. Calling it “vaporware” seems to be unreasonably pessimistic. A healthy skepticism is one thing; ignoring multiple bits of evidence pointing toward an actual (limited) production vehicle is quite another.

  2. DougB says:

    Saaweeet

  3. Ryan871 says:

    Colorado’s “road of death”? A 1972 VW could negotiate that.

    1. Steven says:

      Because there was nothing in it to fail.

  4. TJKR says:

    I am wondering if these guys will follow Tesla’s lead… price these vehicles very high to fund expansion or keep it within the niche market. I am guessing it’ll be priced at $100K+ and very few people will buy these. I think this is just another Faraday/Lucid pipe dream.

  5. Mark says:

    can we stop it with the black and white bs? i know they read this site.

    1. Chris Stork says:

      Do you have any idea how much it costs to develop COLOR film these days? They’re just trying to save a few bucks to sink it back into R&D kudos to them.
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      /jk

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      But-but-but… B&W video is so trendy! 😉

  6. john yanoscik says:

    IM ON DA LIST TO BUY ONE ! VERY XCITED ABOUT
    DRIVING THIS *BEAST* ! NEED AN EV THAT CAN FIGHT BACK THESE HUGE ICE TRUCKS FOR ROADWAY DOMANINCE ! *DEATHPROOF LOOKING* Just leased a kia soul ev also another n10nse EV. THE CODA IS GONE YET GOT 51,000 miles out of it.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      If I had gotten only 51,000 miles out of a car, I certainly wouldn’t be bragging about it!

      CODA had neither a realistic business plan nor a competitive car. Let’s hope Bollinger succeeds in producing both.

  7. Chris Stork says:

    Even though these guys are basically starting up out of somebody’s garage, I still give them better odds than Faraday Future.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Achieving better odds of success than Faraday Failure Future would be an awfully small ambition. From what I’ve seen reported, Bollinger seems to have a realistic business plan, and apparently a realistic shot at success… neither of which FF ever had.

  8. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Glad to see this EV startup is making progress, and I wish them luck!

    Go Bollinger!

  9. James says:

    Focusing on Middle East suggests it will be incredibly expensive, which makes me sad. Really want one of these beasts.

  10. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Can I get a portal axle option with this thing?

    1. Nix says:

      It comes stock with portal axles. Beefy 8-bolt portals. They probably have around 25K worth of hand-built portal axle goodness under that thing.

      http://www.fourwheeler.com/news/1703-video-bollinger-motors-ev-truck-will-have-portal-axles/

      For reference, the Mercedes G500 4×4² with portals runs about a quarter of a million dollars.

      I also saw something about adjustable ride height that is supposed to allow you to increase the 15.5 inches of clearance under the axles to be even higher, but I haven’t seen details on that.

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