B1 & B2 Pickup Trucks From Bollinger Get Military Spec Components

MAR 2 2019 BY MARK KANE 13

More than 25,000 reservations were placed

Bollinger Motors has selected Ricardo as a supplier of the braking system, including Antilock Brake System and Electronic Stability Control (ABS/ESC) for the all-electric sport utility trucks Bollinger B1 and Bollinger B2.

According to Ricardo Bollinger will get the very same military-hardened Ricardo ABS/ESC braking system components already deployed with military vehicles like the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). It proves that Bollinger will be what it is expected to be, a very rigid off-road EV, well above the commercially available cars.

Bollinger already received more than 25,000 reservations and plans to start production in 2020.

“This announcement of Ricardo as the supplier to Bollinger Motors follows the development of the Ricardo ABS/ESC system for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), and a subsequent five-year prove-out of the system on a pilot project – in which a number of Michigan Army National Guard vehicles were fitted for evaluation testing. This earlier work enabled the operational testing of the system to produce a high-quality system for the domestic and international defence and commercial sectors. The Bollinger B1 and B2 models will now use the very same military-hardened Ricardo ABS/ESC braking system components already deployed with military units around the world to improve the safety, performance, and reliability of the Bollinger all-electric sport utility trucks.”

Chet Gryczan, president Ricardo Defense said:

“We are excited to be selected by Bollinger Motors to provide the hydraulic brake system including callipers and our electronic brake control systems. Having proven the system in military operational testing and use, we are extremely pleased to be a part of Bollinger’s innovative fully-electric trucks.”

Robert Bollinger, CEO Bollinger Motors said:

“We chose Ricardo Defense because the Ricardo braking system leverages best-in-class engineering and components and has proven itself in demanding military applications. Our relationship with Ricardo is a great example of the reason we relocated our business to Michigan and demonstrates our commitment to US-based products and suppliers.”

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13 Comments on "B1 & B2 Pickup Trucks From Bollinger Get Military Spec Components"

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Looks like fun. Bonus, much less risk of rollover in an EV SUV.

Please hurry up the B2 pickup truck !!

Buy ’em before they Unionise; the quality will be top-notch after the 1st 250 or so roll down the queue.

And what is it about Unions that would make the vehicles inherently worse?

Have you been living in an underground bunker for the last 30 years and just came up for air?! Unions nearly destroyed GM and did destroy Chrysler. They literally brought the quality of American cars down to hog slop in the 1980s and a good portion of the 1990s. How do foreign carmakers keep up their reliabilty and high quality standards while building so many models in the United States with American workers when Detroit is a weed field and haven of shuttered, tattered empty rusted factories and the highest unemployment rates? The UAW uses covert strongarm tactics to convert these factories to union houses. They recently admitted to spending millions to coerce the workforce at Tesla to unionize. Look up the history of the NUMMI plant in Fremont and learn a thing or two about unions that gain too much power, drive up car prices, become oppressive goon squads to workers and send the quality of the product into a nosedive. As the UAW assails workshops and pleads their case to auto plant workers, those workers say they are more than happy with their benefits, their treatment and pay grades. Why would they unionize as long as their employer… Read more »

Glad to see Upstate NY coming up with something interesting other than Mc Intosh stereo systems, but I just feel this looks a little too spartan.

I agree, I’m fine with some ruggedness…but it’s full of gauges, no screens, no airbags, you can even hose down the interior if it gets dirty…..I think they went a little too far on the ruggedness scale.

The interior can be hosed down?!? I need one of these so bad.

Oh thank thank you. I really appreciate it. Thank you very much. Thank you. This is a great victory for me. Thank you all so much.

Any plans for a smaller ( CJ7 or TJ ) sized vehicle? Around $35k-$40k USD something like that would move lots of volume.

Hmm, depends, are you serious? Because I just have the same name as these guys and thought it would be funny to, you know, have a laugh.

I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time shopping for parts to convert a CJ2/M38a to a direct drive EV.

If you really want a new CJ2-ish, the Mahindra Roxor is what you’re looking for. But it’s diesel, and it’s roadworthyness isn’t grandfathered in. It’s sold as a UTV because of the regulatory burden and because, honestly, the CJ2 really isn’t safe at highway speeds anyway.

If Mahindra makes an EV version of the Roxor, though, I pretty much have to buy one and lend it to my soaring club — assuming it’s reasonably priced, of course.

Finally I can buy a LEGO set for the kids, that really resembles the actual vehicle 😊