UPDATE: Bollinger has published a short video of its E-Chassis (described below) showing it from a number of angles, along with a never-before-seen cover over the middle section. It is now embedded above.
Bollinger Motors has officially taken the wraps off its E-Chassis. Pictured above in all its raw and brutal glory, they are calling it the first and only electric Class 3 platform. That is, there exists no other platform in this class designed from the ground-up to be powered by batteries.
This being the same platform beneath its B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck, it could boast all the same features of those vehicles, including dual-motor all-wheel-drive, portal gear hubs, and a standard 120 kWh (optional 180 kWh) lithium battery. It is flexible, however, so it could also be configured as a front-wheel or rear-wheel-drive only, or come without those fancy hubs. Additionally, it meets Class 3 regulations, which are pretty much standard internationally.
Besides undergirding future Bollinger models, the platform will be available to other companies for their own vehicles. Responding to a query from InsideEVs, eponymous founder and CEO Robert Bollinger said that it could build the E-Chassis for customers in-house or even engage in international licensing.
We are planning on offering the E-Chassis to other companies to build on. They would be fully responsible for their bodies and final vehicles. We would like to offer it both built (by us) or licensed. Would be great for international licensing as well since Class 3 is a nearly universal class and we're homologating already for US, CA, EU, ECE standards.
With its low profile, the platform could be adapted to any number of body styles. Boasting as much as 614 hp and 668 ft-lb of torque, it is especially suited for customers who need powerful performance mixed with tremendous off-road capability. Or, for those who just want to save a bundle on development costs.
While no figure is given for the purchase of a standalone E-Chassis, the Bollinger B1 and B2, slated to begin production in 2021, come with a $125,000 price tag that underscores their hand-crafted nature. The E-Chassis, we assume, would likewise not be given away.
Check out the gallery below and let us know what you'd build on this platform in comments.
Gallery: Bollinger E-Chassis
Bollinger Motors Unveils Patent-Pending E-Chassis
World’s Only Class 3 Electric Platform Offers Commercial Applications
DETROIT, March 12, 2020 — Bollinger Motors has unveiled its patent-pending E-Chassis. The patent-pending E-Chassis is the world’s first and only Class 3 electric platform – and it was designed with commercial applications and versatility in mind.
“When we first built our Class 3 B1, we knew there was a commercial aspect to the platform,” says CEO Robert Bollinger. “Not only cab-on-chassis, but entirely new truck bodies can fit on our E-Chassis, and help propel the world to all-electric that much faster.”
The E-Chassis is the same platform shared with the B1 Sport Utility Truck and the B2 Pickup, and it will accommodate future models and other trucks developed by Bollinger Motors.
Features of the patent-pending Bollinger Motors E-Chassis include:
120 kWh battery pack
180 kWh battery pack optional
Portal gear hubs
Ultra-low center of gravity
Easily adjustable to fit various wheelbases
Hydraulic anti-lock power brakes (ABS)
Electronic traction control
Electronic stability control
Hydraulic power steering
Hydro-pneumatic self-leveling suspension
Independent front and rear suspension
5-15 kw on-board charger/inverter
Complete power system controls, configurable to given vehicle application
Integrated thermal-management system
Meets Class 3 regulations
The fully customizable E-Chassis is a performance powerhouse that can be configured for a variety of uses, including front- or rear-wheel drive configurations, with or without portal gear hubs, and up to 180 kWh battery pack for longer range requirements.
The E-Chassis will be manufactured alongside the B1 and B2 trucks and made available for commercial use in 2021.
The flexibility of the E-Chassis is another competitive advantage within the growing portfolio of intellectual property owned by Bollinger Motors.
Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on November 18, 2019. The patent application number is 62936929.
About Bollinger Motors
Founded in 2015 by Robert Bollinger, Bollinger Motors is a U.S.-based company, headquartered outside of Detroit in Ferndale, Michigan. Bollinger Motors will manufacture the world's first all-electric, on- and off-road trucks, the B1 Sport Utility Truck (SUT) and the B2 Pickup Truck. Its first prototype, the two-door B1, unveiled in 2017, is displayed at The Peterson Museum in Los Angeles, as part of the ‘Alternating Currents’ exhibit, open to the public through October 2020.
The B1 and B2 trucks can be reserved with a $1,000 deposit at www.bollingermotors.com