• Bollinger B1 Electric 4×4 Four Door Gets a Stretched Chassis: What Do You Think?

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    Bollinger B1 Four Door

    The Bollinger B1 aims to be the first heavy duty all-electric 4×4 truck/SUV on the market. The two-door model made its debut in New York City in June 2017. The company announced intent to also produce a four-door version of the vehicle. We now get a first rendering and new chassis specifications for the larger B1.

    The four-door aluminum chassis is 9-inches longer than the two-door version, and Bollinger says that all of the great off-road characteristics of the original concept are still there for the stretched version. The new breakover angle is listed at 31 degrees, which is still more than respectable and rivals many off-road specialists, including the Jeep Wrangler and the Ram Power Wagon.

    The four-door has an overall length of 159 inches, wheelbase of 114 inches, and the bigger cabin offers 6 cu-ft more of cargo volume for a total of 101 cu-ft.

    Both the two-door and the four-door will share the same suspension, electric motors, and battery options. The B1 will offer a 60 kWh or 100 kWh battery packs. The dual electric motors combine for 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. Bollinger claims a 4.5 second 0-60 MPH acceleration for the two-door version.

    Check out the world debut and get all the details in the video below.

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    36 thoughts on “Bollinger B1 Electric 4×4 Four Door Gets a Stretched Chassis: What Do You Think?

    1. I love the look of this truck, self levelling suspension with 6100Lbs of payload, we should also keep saying here. Best thing about this for me is you can floor this thing without any smells wherever whenever you want with nobody giving you the stink eye.

      I wonder if that break-over angle is with the trucks available 5 inches of lift, that is left in the suspension?

      Be nice to actually lower your truck for ease of loading and unloading. Ram has that feature but the ride is rougher with the air ride rather than the hydro pneumatic shocks. I believe this suspension will yield the best comfort while still holding a big payload.

      1. Rambro – – –

        Actually, I do “like” its utilitarian, unpretentious, boxy design. Reminds me of Work, Forced labor, Communism, the Iron Curtain, Stalinist architecture, Boat songs on the Volga, etc.

        For America, all it needs now is to put a decent grill onto that pudgy face, — plus stick a nice Cummins diesel and GM 6-speed in there — and you might have a really good vehicle. Maybe it could even be used in an overseas market, say Botswana…

        But what do I know? (^_^)


        1. I really like the old defenders-so yeah, this thing looks pretty good.
          I excited to see what that suspension can do if it makes it to market.

          1. Sparky21 – – –

            Would like to see the C)d of this beast.
            How long will it last at 70 MPH on the Interstate?
            How long, also as above, while hauling 2,000 lbs?
            How long, also, doing so at -15 deg F?
            Will it travel 500 miles when hauling 2000 lbs?
            Will it last four hours?
            Will it last one hour?
            Silly questions: No EV pickup truck with a 2000-lb. load will travel more than ~100 miles (estimate, with current LiH batteries) before the need to recharge. That’s having to stop every 1.5 hours, when traveling at 70 MPH. Currently, the fast-charge time is about 45 minutes at “supercharger” (SC) stations, which means you’d have to spend 45 minutes of “down time” for every 90 minutes of travel time, a 50% downtime rate. In addition, EV makers like Tesla advise NOT to use SC’s very often because they gradually destroy the battery:

            So, let’s cool the Bollinger Bonanza! This thing will do best in local applications driving around the city getting heavy goodies from Home Depot.
            Beyond that? Forget it.


      2. Problem with the 10,001 GVWR and 6100 lb payload.

        To get 6100 lbs in the truck you would essentially need a round water tank, 4′ in diameter and 8′ tall. That would barely clear many bridges and overpasses.
        Do the math and you would end up with essentially 8,000 lbs on the back axle. BFG Mud Terrains aren’t rated for that much weight. They are also only rated for 99mph, not the 130 they quote as top speed.

    2. I was hopping it would have a 3rd row with 2 flip up seats (just like the 2 door version’s 2nd row) to offer a 6 person seating capacity. Then there would finally be a new version of my 1980 scout traveler w/ 3rd row. I mean, what’s not to like about 3row SUV 4X4 convertible?

      1. +1 on the 6 seater!!!! 4 or 5 is not enough. Actually, 3 rows of 3 to 9 is what it ought to be.

        Now, this is another announcement on an electric truck on TFL. They are coming very rapidly.

        I feel like I am being pandered to by TFL, since they read our comments and know what we all want. But you know…

        I like it!

    3. Looks like a lousy copy of the first Land Rover’s from the 1950’s… Did ya’ll know that people and companies have been trying to perfect the Electric Vehicle since the dawn of the Automobile and they still can’t crack the Range and Re-Charging ability of the ICE… Perhaps these chaps need to consider other technologies???

    4. It’s a drawing of a 4 door.
      They are looking for seed money and the 2 door didn’t draw any interest.

      The total cgvwr is only 10001 lbs.

      That means with 5 passengers and their snacks. You can only pull about 5000 lbs.
      1500 lbs for the trailer means a max of 3500 lbs for cargo.

      Looking at the 2 door I would say the only way you would get 6000 lbs in that cab is if you were loading lead bars. And even 6000 lbs of lead bars would be a tight fit.

      I suppose at the right price it has it uses. Certainly not in the mid to upper mid west because of the extreme cold.

      Not in the Sierra’s because its too wide. Not in the swamps because of the water.

      I’m still thinking.

    5. I love that this is 100% electric SUV with a pass-through capabilty from front to rear. My only concern is that this vehicle may not meet regulations for street use. I do hope they make this vehicle street legal. Making 2-door and 4-door versions should make it appeal to a larger customer base.

      1. I would LOVE to have one! It’s ridiculously awesome. Utility is off the charts, performance would be incredible.

        The being said, it’s about a 100 million dollar budget away from being something that could be purchased on a showroom floor. It would go down in flames on so many fronts it’s not even funny.
        Pedestrian safety,
        Passenger safety, needs safety padding over everything
        Air bags
        Backup Camera
        Crash safety (Crumple zones, drop out motors, battery safety, etc)
        Bumper and headlight height laws
        etc… etc… etc…

        By the time it passed all the regulations we would be left with just another CUV…

        And I do call baloney on the 10,000 GVW. I don’t care what type of suspension you use, it can’t support more than it’s own weight and have any sort of decent ride or handling characteristics. It could work just fine as a tractor but a high speed dirt road would send occupants to the hospital.

        And I still want one 😀

        1. Where are all the people normally bitching about not having padded dashboards and doors? Oh yeah they only do that after a ford article

      2. @DrLou: The vehicle will classify for street use because of the 10,001 GVW. At that gross weight it is exempt from the safety features you and others would want.

        1. To further that, Big Green, Rusty Boy and Kentworth have no airbags or alarm whistles either. Any old car or truck or street rod wont have the safety gear in it, any street rod build wont have it, street bikes dont have any airbags either, but all can be licenced and put on the road as road worthy vehicles.

          Bollinger already stated in an email today that production is underway for this truck.

          1. Everything you just mentioned are special cases, airbags are required by law for all production vehicles built after 1998. Of course motorcycles and custom built stuff aren’t required to have airbags, that’s just asinine to even bring those up in this conversation.

          2. Those (as you well know) are old vehicles built to the standards in place at the time. New vehicles have to meet current standards.
            I suspect they are going to license this thing as a farm vehicles or something along those lines to avoid meeting current standards-so no, this will never be a high production vehicle comparable to your run-of-the-mill street legal pickup trucks. More like a RZR or other off-road built vehicle that people drive on the road.

        2. We’ll see if the feds let that fly. If you could really do that just to skirt safety laws all vehicles would be rated at 10,001 GVW.

      3. It would be a phenomenal feat of engineering to build it as light as they say they will, meet modern US safety concerns, perform as well as they say it will and still be able to carry 6000 lbs.

    6. I like this. I want it. Based on the spartan options, Rambro, tell your friends at Bolinger I’ll give them a check for $20,000 for one. That seems fair.

      1. This prototype cost no less than $250k. It takes HUGE production numbers to bring the cost down significantly

    7. When electric SUVs are made, they’ll come from Tesla, Nissan, maybe Jeep (FCA or whoever owns them by then) or Mercedes or Ford. In the meantime Bollinger releases nice pictures.

      1. @Dman: That is the harsh truth at the moment.

        I think it would be in Bollinger’s best interest to loan TFLTruck one of their vehicles for a year or two so TFLTruck and blog about it.

        What do you say TFLTruck and Bollinger?

        1. I doubt that the Bollinger is even ready for what you suggest at this stage. It is a shame as the world needs something like this since Land Rover stopped making the Defender. Keep it nice and spartan, just like the old Defender, get rid of this very limiting battery electric drivetrain and equip it with a decent diesel. Then there would be a huge market worldwide, private commercial and military.

    8. Have they announced a price on this thing?
      The way I look at it it will be an over priced vehicle that only the liberal wealthy would be able to buy. That is my take.

    9. There seems to be a lot of hyperbole surrounding this vehicle – huge payload, speed, good range, etc. Problem is, these specs are only coming from a little known company and no independent organization has actually tested these claims. Things don’t make sense…as others have pointed out: payload not supported by the type of tire supplied, nor top speed. Even curb weight compared to horsepower / torque makes the speed claims dubious. But we’ll see. One thing that is undeniable is the appearance of a Cold-War military vehicle with virtually zero styling. Where the Land Rover Defender had classic lines and a long history of similar styling, this Boll-weevil electric just looks like some sheet metal put together in shop class. I can only imagine how utterly unrefined this vehicle must be. Anyway…I’m happy to continue driving my truck powered by old dinosaur remains…

      1. @Troverman: Well put. This is why I suggested that they loan a vehicle to TFLTruck so that TFL could blog/write about it. An independent view point would add realism to Bollinger’s claims and provide Bollinger with almost free advertising. Recently I read an article on the advertising money spent on the Nissan Leaf and the Model 3. The former was several million were the latter was 0. Which have your heard more of via the media? Some suggest that Bollinger needs seed money. That is true, but before that they need to show the that their vehicle is real; they should take pages out of Tesla’s playbook and adapt them to the truck market.

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