If you were to just judge by its looks, you would expect a massive V8 under the hood. But no, this is an all-electric truck by Bollinger Motors, a NY-based start up. According to several media reports, over 6,000 people have shown interest in making a reservation since its unveiling.
The B1 has a classic 3-box design and is built on a lightweight aluminium architecture. The military-style look comes courtesy of a special paint called ‘Gunhouse Grey’, which according to Bollinger, is a nod to the road where the development work was completed. Black accents and a black satin wheel finish to complete the exterior appearance.
“This is the culmination of what has been a 40-year-long boyhood dream of mine and I couldn’t be more pleased with the vehicle and the incredible team who worked so hard to create it.” – founder and CEO, Robert Bollinger
Bollinger says that the all-aluminium chassis with a high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) steel rollover structure is designed for optimal off-road vehicle proportions. It sports a wheelbase of 105 inches (2667 mm), an approach angle of 56 degrees, departure angle of 53 degrees, and break over angle of 33 degrees. The chassis by itself weighs just 295 pounds (134 kg) while not sacrificing structural or torsional rigidity.
The base ride height provides for 15.5-inches (393.7 mm) of ground clearance but will be adjustable using a self-leveling, 4-wheel independent, hydro-pneumatic suspension within the 10 inches of wheel travel. Disconnectable anti-roll bars allow traction enhancing, full suspension articulation during off-road maneuvers.
The chassis rides on Mud Terrain LT285/70/R17 tires with high offset aluminium wheels. The regenerative braking system consists of 11.75-inch vented inboard discs and four-piston calipers.
The HVAC system employs a 3-section roller system which sits atop the dashboard and runs the length of the interior from the driver to passenger side of the vehicle, which is claimed to be an industry first. Occupants can choose to open and close the vents and they also have the ability to turn the roller toward or away from them for varying degrees of airflow.
The center section of the dash also incorporates a unique 13-inch by 14-inch passthrough door. The compartment allows for easy access into the frunk and can accommodate up to 24 2X4 boards.
Above the passthrough sits a gauge-style, marine radio stereo receiver. The in-dash waterproof receiver has Bluetooth capability with AM/FM Radio, AUX Input for iPod/MP3 Players and SD/USB Flash Readers. Sound from the unit is directed to four speakers inside the cabin. To the right side of the passthrough are twin 110-volt power outlets which allow occupants the ability to hook up their electronic devices.
The B1 employs a dual-motor powertrain configuration using front and rear-mounted synchronous electric motors driving all four wheels, delivering up to 270 kW (360 hp) power. The production B1 will offer two lithium-ion battery pack options: 60 kWh or 100 kWh, offering either 120 miles (193 km) or 200 miles (322 km) range.
Bollinger said that the battery pack compartments are encased in four layers of protection between metal casings and water tight seals which are engineered to withstand submersion under 3.3 ft of water for 30 minutes, which is the industry standard for EVs.
The AWD electric truck weighs 3,900 lbs (1,769 kg). It has a towing capacity of 6,100 lbs (2,767 kg) and payload capacity is also of the same number.