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.
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