EV Truck & SUV That Aren’t Rivian
(Images: Bollinger Motors)
Although Rivian is getting its deserved share of attention, earlier today in Ferndale, Michigan, another electric vehicle startup, Bollinger Motors, unveiled the “beta prototype” versions of its B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck, both based on the company’s Class-3 truck platform and both sharing a whole lot of sheet metal—and as one look tells you, there is a lot of sheet metal on these trucks.
The company released the following specs for the trucks:
668 lb.-ft. torque
0 to 60 mph: 4.5 seconds
Top speed: 100 mph
7.8 power to weight ratio
2-speed, hi/lo range gearbox
15” ground clearance
10” wheel travel (10” to 20” variable ground clearance)
Payload capacity: 5,201 lb.
Towing capacity: 7,500 lb.
Geared axle hubs
11.75” vented brakes
4-wheel anti-lock inboard discs
120 kWh battery pack
Patented storage pass-through door
Pricing, production launch and the like are yet to be revealed.
But what we can tell is that Robert Bollinger and his team are serious about these vehicles, and while they might not have the visibility of the company that has vehicle engineering operations some 25 miles to the southwest of Ferndale, in Plymouth, they are clearly in the EV utility game.
The engineers at Munro & Associates have taken a perfectly sound BMW i3 and taken it apart. Completely apart. And they are impressed with what they’ve discovered about how the EV is engineered.
The thing about the Wrangler Willys Wheeler: It is a toy for a grown-up boy.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.