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Straight-edged electric 4x4 duo postponed while Bollinger looks to scale up with commercial vehicles

Michigan-based EV start up Bollinger, which has garnered interest worldwide in recent years with its plans to launch a range of rugged, hardcore electric 4x4s, is postponing passenger car development to focus on commercial vehicles.

The firm showed its straight-edged B1 SUV and B2 pick-up truck at the 2019 Los Angeles motor show in near-production-ready form, even going so far as to announce pricing details and confirm plans to ship them to the UK and Europe.

But now founder and CEO Robert Bollinger has announced that development of the two vehicles will be indefinitely postponed as the company shifts its focus to developing electric goods vehicles.

In an email to media and customers, Bollinger said: "We started out making the B1 and B2 in 2015 with a dream to make the best trucks on the planet.

"The off-road capable, all-wheel-drive B1 and B2 are powerful, innovative and distinct. We've put countless hours of hard work and passion into making something we are all very proud of.

"However, today we're postponing their development and shifting our focus to commercial trucks and fleets.

"This is a vitally important move for us, because it enables us to continue the development of our technology and to make a real impact in the green future of automotive."

The company hasn't made any concrete announcements regarding the launch of the £100,000 off-roaders since their debut, and although the cars appeared in LA for a second time in 2021, it was reported that several early deposits had been refunded.

Any remaining deposits will now also be refunded until Bollinger is in a position to "resume the B1 and B2 programme". 

When Autocar spoke to sales director Chet Parsons in 2019, he told us that more than half of the first year's production run of 1000-1250 units – then scheduled to get under way in 2021 – had been accounted for. 

The manufacturer's vehicles were envisioned as low-volume alternatives to the Rivian R1S and R1T, the Tesla Cybertruck and the new GMC Hummer EV, but Bollinger hadn't identified a production partner to build the customer cars, nor had it obtained investment from an established manufacturer, as Rivian had.

Bollinger's commercial vehicle range will comprise trucks ranging in size from Class 3 to Class 6, which essentially means it will offer extra-large pick ups and small lorries, using a variation of the architecture that underpins the B1 and B2. 

The B1 and B2 are already Class 3 size, but Bollinger's commercial vehicles are targeted at a different section of the market and so will take a different form entirely, as reported by Forbes, which reports the first example could be shown in March.

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According to Forbes, however, Bollinger will continue to offer a unique 'passthrough' loadspace that runs through the cabin and into the loadbed, as well as a variety of battery sizes.

It is unclear if the passenger cars' 614bhp, 668lb ft dual-motor drivetrain will be carried over to the commercial vehicles, but the claimed 2359kg payload and 3402kg towing capacity would no doubt be a boon for commercial buyers.

Bollinger told Forbes that the B1 and B2 will return when "we succeed providing commercial platforms that will give us economies of scale" and its battery pack technology has been validated for public use.

Bollinger hinted at plans to target the commercial market in 2019, when it said it had talked to interested buyers in the mining, scientific, and fire and rescue industries.

It said that customers would be able to buy a bare B1 or B2 chassis for conversion into a vehicle that best suited their needs. 

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sabre 15 January 2022

The two Bollingers are put on ice because they look like blocks of ice.

ianp55 15 January 2022

A very strange decision to pull the B1/2 after taking so many orders,I was surprised that the company hadn't got it's production facilities sorted out over two years after the announcement of the cars at the Los Angeles motor show.It's difficult to see how focusing on the HGV market segment will change this situation as the established truck manufacturers certainly have their own designs in the pipeline and the facilities to produce the vehicles with the service back up to keep the truck's rolling. 

It'll be interesting to see how Bollinger pans out.

russ13b 15 January 2022

Makes me wonder if they're a fully legitimate outfit, or a money magnet that's not actually going to achieve anything. Why would they abandon something that's this developed, in preference of starting a new project? I know there are statements/claims in the article, but how truthful is it all?