Photos courtesy Bollinger Motors.
In July, New York State-based Bollinger Motors revealed an all-electric sport utility vehicle that promises serious off-roading capabilities.
At first glance, the Bollinger B1 looks like a prototype for the first-generation International Scout or Land Rover Series 1, but below the exposed rivets there’s four-wheel independent hydro-pneumatic suspension offering 10 inches of wheel travel and adjustable ride height for up to 15.5 inches of ground clearance.
Full-time four-wheel drive comes from a pair of electric motors — one driving the front wheels and another driving the rears — that can deliver 360 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. The truck’s lithium-ion battery pack is mounted between the rails of the all-aluminum chassis and will be offered in two sizes, 60 kWh or 100 kWh, good for 120 miles or 200 miles of range, respectively. The B1 also boasts off-road hardware like electronic locking differentials and two-speed gearboxes front and rear for high and low range, as well as a 12,000-pound hydraulic winch with 125 feet of cable.
With the powertrain mounted below the deck, there’s a lot of room inside the B1 for hauling cargo. The rear is wide enough to slide in 4- x 8-foot sheets of plywood and 12-foot-long lumber can be hauled with the gate closed by passing it through the interior from the front trunk to the rear bed, between the driver and passenger seats. The interior is light on frills and designed to be cleaned with a hose: The instruments are all sealed while the floor is coated with polyurethane. The speedo and tach, mounted front and center on a flat dash, are old-school — round and analog — though there is a digital display for battery information. The B1’s pillars serve as a steel safety cage to protect cabin occupants during a rollover.
While it’s aimed at off-roading, the B1 is no slouch on pavement, capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 127 mph.
Bollinger, located in the town of Hobart, says it’s still weighing manufacturing options but will announce pricing and production targets later this year. For more photos and information, head over to BollingerMotors.com.