Bollinger B1, B2 Price and Specs: 9 New Details on the Electric Truck and SUV
Taking EVs to rugged new heights
A month ago we were all wondering what a largely hand-built Class 3 fully electric go-anywhere pickup truck and SUV would cost, especially as they're likely to be sold alongside some pretty high-buck hardware from Aston Martin, Bentley, Koenigsegg, Pagani, and Porsche. Well, wonder no more: Bollinger B1 and B2 prices will start at $125,000. That price includes the 120-kW-hr 200-mile battery pack, 5,000-pound payload capacity, portal axles and cross-linked hydropneumatic suspension affording 10-20 inches of ground clearance, and four-wheel drive courtesy of two electric motors powering locking differentials good for a total of 614 horsepower and 668 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Bollinger B1 SUV and B2 pickup will be built in the U.S. (The company has yet to disclose exactly where or by whom). Here are eight other fun facts disclosed along with the prices.
22.5:1 Crawl Ratio
Engaging low range provides a 22.5:1 torque multiplication through all the gears. That is only about half what a serious off-road vehicle like a Wrangler might offer, but because electric motors produce peak torque at 0 rpm, this gearing allows the B1 and B2 to carefully and slowly creep over any obstacle a 50:1 gasser can climb with similar or greater ease.
True Neutral for Flat-Towing
Tow-behind RVers, rejoice! The Bollinger-designed front and rear two-speed transaxles include a neutral setting to safely allow flat-towing.
Plenty of Room
The "frunk" of both trucks can hold 14 cubic feet of stuff, and there's a 16-by-14-inch pass-through to the cabin, through which long items can be passed. How long? It's 13 feet in the SUV, 16 feet in the truck, with the front and tailgates closed. Much longer if they hang out. (Bollinger has a patent pending on this full-truck pass-through concept.) The rear bed and cargo areas measure 4-foot-1-inch wide for your sheet-goods hauling pleasure. The length is 5 feet, 1 inch on the SUV (with the rear seats removed) and 5 feet, 9 inches long on the truck, which extends to 8 feet, 2 inches if you lower the mid-gate and remove the quick-disconnect rear seats.
Bollinger floors and walls are coated in "Dura-texture" black paint, with rub strips on the floor that can be made of wood or easily swapped out for other fun materials. The interior is sealed for fording and to withstand hosing out. Even the "dome light" LED light strip is IP68-rated water resistant. Rear seats offer quick-release mounts for cargo flexibility.
The side windows click to latch shut and slide to open, but they also remove in a jiffy for a true open-air feeling. Just press two tabs and the glass, tracks, and sliders pop out as a unit for easy storing, leaving a "half door."
Four Identical Roof Panels
It may not offer a Wrangler/Gladiator-style soft top, but pop out the side windows, remove the windshield and rear lift-glass (by removing a series of nuts), and remove the four roof panels, and you'll feel like you're in a convertible. And the four roof panels are functionally identical between both trucks, though they can be ordered in transparent or opaque materials.
Four Identical Seats
Everyone shares the same comfort level, with heat and adjustable thigh support length. Seats can be covered in cloth, leather, and vegan leather.
Triple-Duty Hydraulic Pump
One pump provides pressure for the hydropneumatic suspension when load leveling or compensation is needed, but the same pump also pressurizes the power assist for the brakes and steering, helping make the suspension system extremely compact.
The trucks will offer Level 1 and 2 charging via the standard J1772 port, which will take 10 hours (Level 2); DC fast charging via the CCS port can trim that time to a claimed 75 minutes.