Startup Bollinger Motors in Michigan has unveiled a four-door version of both electric trucks, the B1 and B2. The new prototypes that Bollinger fully unveiled on Thursday show that the start-up has considered expanding the range before it even goes into production, which has been pushed back to next year.
The four-door B1 (which is in the shape of a Jeep Wrangler) and B2 (which is longer and has a recording bed) will have the same specifications as the two-door versions because they share the same powertrain. That means that they have a twin-engine set-up that can generate around 614 horsepower, which draws power from a 120kWh battery pack that should last around 200 miles. The trucks have a top speed of 100 miles per hour and can run from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
But people probably won't buy these trucks because of their speed. Instead, trucks from Bollinger Motors are more likely to find a house on a farm or in a workplace. With that in mind, the Bollinger Motors trucks have a standard ground clearance of 15 inches (with five inches of clearance on each side), a payload of 5,201 pounds and a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. The trucks also have a two-speed Hi / Lo gearbox, which should help with off-road driving.
Having said all this, Bollinger Motors has still not announced definitive prices for both trucks, and deliveries will not begin until 2021.
The edge visited Bollinger Motors for the first time in 2017, prior to the debut of the B1, when the start-up was still housed in a garage, actually in the middle of nowhere in Central New York. Bollinger Motors has since the head office moved to Detroit and is looking for a new financing round to continue production.
Bollinger Motors had collaborated with fellow engineering outfit Optimal to prepare the startup trucks for production, but a spokesperson says the relationship has ended. Bollinger Motors is also still looking for the financing it needs to go into production, which means that despite the new prototypes, there is still a long way to go until a definitive version of the B1 or B2 comes on the road.