If a Land Rover Defender and a Hummer had babies together, it’ll probably look something like these vehicles. What you see before you are the creations of Bollinger Motors, a Michigan-based company that is aiming to deliver a fully electric SUV and pick-up truck to interested customers.
Recently, the company unveiled beta prototype versions of the B1 SUV and B2 pick-up truck, which are set to be produced in the second half of 2020, but didn’t disclose how much they will cost. While the priority is on the United States market first – order taking has already begun – right-hand drive versions will also be produced later on.
However, we do know that the B1 and B2 will use the same dual-motor powertrain with 614 hp and 906 Nm of torque. Powering the electric motors is a 120 kWh battery pack located under the vehicle floor, which has an estimated EPA range of 322 km – rather respectable given the vehicles’ weight of 2,268 kg.
According to Bollinger, the battery supports Level 1 (110 V) and 2 (220 V) charging, and it’ll take about 10 hours to fully charge the battery via the latter with a Type 1 SAE J1772 connection. There’s also Level 3 DC fast charging with a CCS connection, which is significantly faster, taking just 75 minutes to obtain a full charge.
In terms of performance figures, the vehicles will sprint from a rest to 96 km/h (0-60 mph) in just 4.5 seconds, and hit a top speed of 161 km/h. No, it won’t challenge what Porsche and Tesla are offering, but Bollinger isn’t concerned about chasing lap times.
Instead, the company is focused on making the B1 and B2 as utilitarian as possible, bestowing it a two-speed, hi/lo range gearbox, geared axle hubs, 380 mm of ground clearance, 254 mm of wheel travel, up to 2,363 kg of payload capacity and 3,402 kg of towing capacity.
Design-wise, both vehicles are identical from the front, with the B1 adopting an SUV-type body style, while the B2 is significantly longer thanks to its flatbed at the rear. Looking at the numbers, the B1 measures 4,356 mm long (3,018 mm wheelbase), and the B2 is 5,270 mm long (3,530 mm wheelbase) – width (1,960 mm) and height (1,846 mm) are identical.
As a result, the break over angle and departure angle differs between the two – B1 (30 degrees break over, 43 degrees departure); B2 (25 degrees break over, 28 degrees departure) – with both having the same approach angle of 52 degrees.
Meanwhile, those body and glass panels are also easily removable if needed for modularity, and customers can also specify glass roof panels upon request. Other features include removable rear seats, optional heated seats, air-conditioning, six 110 V power outputs (120 A total) and Bluetooth connectivity. The company also stated that the production versions will not come with airbags, but the vehicles are built to exceed federal regulation using seat belts.
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