RE: Bollinger B1 electric SUV due in 2019

RE: Bollinger B1 electric SUV due in 2019

Thursday 24th October 2019

Bollinger B1 electric SUV priced from $125,000

The American-made B1 is pipped to be a go-anywhere EV with 360hp and a 200-mile range



Just over a year after Bollinger revealed the specs of its electric B1 off-roader, the New York company has confirmed that the aluminium-based box-on-wheels will cost an eye-watering $125,000 - about Β£97k. Using a dual motor setup to produce 360hp, the B1 also boasts 472lb ft of instantly-available torque from a powertrain fed by a 120kWh battery, supposedly making it the world's most capable electric 4x4.

If you consider the uniqueness of that electric setup (more details of which are below) along with the lengthy hand-assembly process required to create each B1, the model's price may seem slightly more understandable. Judging by the sparseness of the interior, it's certainly not come from the fitment of high-tech infotainment systems or even airbags. Not that you'd necessarily need such crash protection when you're sat in a vehicle that places your feet 15.5 inches clear of the ground. Or when the surrounding aluminium bodywork is wrapped around a steel roll cage for good measure, so few would question Bollinger's claims that this EV is as tough as you like.

The B1 will also be joined by a B2 pick-up based off the same underpinnings, which is expected to cost from $125,000 when it goes on sale at a later date. The B1 will be the first to make production next year, with the earliest cars set to reach their owners - billed as being ranchers and off-roading enthusiasts alike - in 2021. Those who want one can secure a build slot for $1,000 - and yes, sales will be global, so we're hopeful these EV brutes will head to Blighty. We're already mulling the off-road group test...


Previous story - 28.09.2018

An electric off-roader might not have seemed like the greatest idea a few years back, what with the limited range on offer and concerns for reliability. But today things couldn’t be more different, so much so that some people think electric power is actually the optimum choice for a 4x4. The key reason? Instant torque.

You won’t be surprised to hear that New York-based Bollinger Motors is among the supporters of this opinion because, well, it’s building a new electric 4x4 called the B1, for which new specifications have been released. The vehicle is simple and focused, an aluminum chassis with bodywork developed specifically for easy manufacture and a steel roll cage form the bulk of the structure. It’s fairly compact at just 3,810mm long (the Defender 90 was 267mm longer) and stands with a 15.5-inch ground clearance, so it’s got the right proportions for a rugged vehicle.


But the key difference between it and other rugged machines is that its power comes exclusively from two electric motors, one powering the front wheels and another powering the back via their own electronic locking differentials and two-speed gearboxes. With batteries located in the floor supplying the energy, the system’s combined peak outputs are 360hp and 472lb ft of torque, the latter of which is available from the get go, which is probably quite handy when you’re trying to navigate up steep inclines on a rocky surface.

Two versions are due, an entry-level 60 kWh B1 with a range of 120 miles and a 100 kWh B1 with a 200-mile range. Bollinger reckons these distances are more than enough to satisfy the B1’s expected customers, who range from farmers to hobbyist off-road enthusiasts.


The B1’s boxy shape has been crafted with a focus on simplicity and ease of production. The car will, however, come with the option of a glass roof, which is made up of panels that slot between its skeleton structure. Along with the side and rear windows, these panels can be removed for an open air experience.

The B1 will first be offered to the US market from mid-2019, but the company hopes to introduce it to other regions, including the Middle East, which has quite the appetite for high performance SUVs at the moment.


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chickensoup

Original Poster:

424 posts

204 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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reminds me of something

rodericb

1,842 posts

75 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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chickensoup said:
reminds me of something
Merc G wagen? Anything off-road is supposed to remind you of the Mercedes G wagen.

Jim the Sunderer

2,216 posts

131 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Have they got enough pop rivets on that dashboard?

AlexiusG55

637 posts

105 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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This has a ludicrous payload rating- the US version has a GVWR of over 10,000 lb, which means it only has to meet truck safety standards (no need for airbags etc).

Of course any European version would either have to be significantly downplated or only be legal to drive on a C1 licence...

ecs0set

2,107 posts

233 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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chickensoup said:
reminds me of something
?


Fetchez la vache

5,200 posts

163 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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AlexiusG55 said:
This has a ludicrous payload rating- the US version has a GVWR of over 10,000 lb, which means it only has to meet truck safety standards (no need for airbags etc).
Does that explain why it has so many sharp edges inside, or is that just a crap design?

GranCab

1,756 posts

95 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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It's a cheap to produce design ... no need for expensive hard tooling.

Just sub out the metalwork to one of a thousand sheet metal shops who have a Promecam type press-brake or two and the manufacture of the body panels etc. is sorted.


pb8g09

426 posts

18 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Sorry that looks like sh*t.

Did Hammond and Clarkson put that together in a hanger?

300bhp/ton

37,773 posts

139 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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pb8g09 said:
Sorry that looks like sh*t.

Did Hammond and Clarkson put that together in a hanger?
I think it looks great. Nice it's not all rounded and without the big plastic bumpers of modern cars.

It's got a few Bronco II and EB styling cues.






Maybe even a little bit of International Harvester Scout.


mrbarnett

456 posts

42 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Does it come with Bolly bottle holders, darling?

Johnspex

2,010 posts

133 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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That's what a purely functional off roader should look like. Not IMHO, it's a fact.

Johnspex

2,010 posts

133 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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See, 300bhp agrees. Like I said-fact.

Alex P

179 posts

77 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Makes me think of a Landrover Defender, but made in America and with electric power. Can't see what people are moaning about as it seem very fit for its intended purpose, provided the battery and electric gubbins can deal with deeper water.

TrivsTom

120 posts

116 months

Thursday 24th October 2019
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I’m sure PH could get an interview with the designer. I went to school with him, a year below a certain Mr Bird in Ipswich..

swisstoni

8,454 posts

228 months

Thursday 24th October 2019
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Pipped?

unsprung

3,996 posts

73 months

Thursday 24th October 2019
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PH article said:
the New York company has confirmed that the aluminium-based box-on-wheels will cost
FYI... Bollinger Motors is located in the state of Michigan. Immediately adjacent to Detroit.

Although they began their work in upstate New York (a region not too different from, say, Yorkshire) they departed that location a year ago. Details here.


B10

906 posts

216 months

Thursday 24th October 2019
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Makes the Ineos projekt look a bit amateur.

Maldini35

2,287 posts

137 months

Thursday 24th October 2019
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B10 said:
Makes the Ineos projekt look a bit amateur.
I was thinking exactly the opposite!

This looks shocking for £120k

unsprung

3,996 posts

73 months

Thursday 24th October 2019
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B10 said:
Makes the Ineos projekt look a bit amateur.
Sadly I am forced to agree. Same goes for the new TVR Griffith.

For both of those UK vehicles, there is a breathtaking lack of project management and a painful silence regarding public communication. Any updates tend to be about the founders and their musings. It's... its a sort of lifestyle. The methods don't help us to regard them as a serious endeavour.

Meanwhile...

The bloke who founded Bollinger is mostly absent from the videos in which Bollinger team members explain the work they're doing and what they hope to accomplish.

videos here
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzLZmOd8gunUw7UPT...

On the Bollinger Motors company website, the founder's biography appears last on the list of team members. Not first.

The contrast is night and day.




chelme

720 posts

119 months

Thursday 24th October 2019
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$125k for THAT?!

Ridiculous. Its way too basic, albeit driven by a 360bhp electric powertrain, to command that much...

I'd be surprised if they sold many. I'd opt for a Land Rover over this any day.