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New York-based Bollinger Motors may not sound like a popular name in the auto industry, but that is likely to change in the coming years, maybe even as early as this summer. Much like Tesla that popped out of nowhere and gave the world a look at all-electric vehicles, Bollinger Motors is following suit, debuting all-electric trucks and off-road vehicles. Yep, these guys are bringing to the stage an all-electric off-road warrior, something Jeep® has not bought into yet.
First having debuted the world’s first all-electric work and sport truck, the production-ready B3, at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Bollinger Motors has created a versatile truck that consumers can drive on chump change. Featuring a substantial 15.5 inches of ground clearance, a four-wheel hydro-pneumatic independent suspension, and 10 inches of wheel travel (how much the wheel can move before bottoming out), and disconnectable sway bars, the B3 can do more than act as a utility vehicle. It actually sounds like a Jeep.
So Bollinger Motors did just that. Their newest vehicle design is the world’s first all-electric all-wheel drive off-road sport utility truck, the B1. Not only can it handle off-road mayhem, but consumers will be able to convert it from a full cab to a half cab in minutes, making the B1 a versatile vehicle for more passengers on-the-go. You can’t do that with any vehicle to date.
With the chassis mostly made of aluminum and reinforced by a high-strength steel crash structure, the vehicle is lighter, meaning it can travel further. Because the batteries put the center of gravity very low, and the drivetrain is all-wheel drive, there is a 50/50 weight distribution throughout the vehicle, giving it plenty of balance when tackling versatile driving conditions. Plus, when it comes to carrying materials, the B1 can haul 4X8 boards and easily store up to 24 2X4 boards via its pass thru door. If this isn’t enough to boast about, just check out the specs.
All-electric off-road vehicles aren’t a dream after all, and we may be seeing some by the end of the year. Bollinger Motors may be the Jeep rival no one knew, until now. We’ll be sure to keep a close eye on the B1 and B3. What do you think about these Wrangler competitors? Let us know on social media.