The US-American electric car startup Bollinger Motors has revealed the prices of its first two models. Both the all-terrain vehicle B1 and the pickup truck B2 start at 125,000 dollars.
For the money, drivers get a 120 kWh battery capacity, which should be enough for 200 miles (320 kilometres) of EPA range. The Bollinger’s top speeds manage 100 mph (around 160 km/h) while reaching 60 mph from 0 in 4.5 seconds. The electric drive with two engines gives a total power output of 458 kW. This is not one of the more economical drives – partly owing to poor aerodynamics and the high weight of the angular off-road vehicles. However, this electric vehicle is designed with practical purposes in mind rather than the unnecessary show of most Suburban Utility Vehicles that normally never see an unsealed road.
Still, these electric vehicles are designed to be work-horses: Bollinger has patented a pass-through door below the dashboard so that longer objects can be transported. Towing is also not a problem: the 2.4 ton B1 can pull a trailer load of up to 3.7 tons.
The all-electric Bollinger B1 SUV and B2 crew cab pickup are genuine off-roaders. Rocky surfaces can be mastered with a ground clearance of 38.1 centimetres and the hydro-pneumatic suspension with self-levelling is manually adjustable, so the truck can be lowered or raised by another 5 inches (127 mm). Transversing water ways and flooded areas won’t damage the interior since all parts in the interior are sealed against up to 36 inches (91.4 centimeters) of water.
The high price of the two models is not only explained by the large and expensive battery, but also by the use of materials. For example, the underbody is fully covered to protect the technology and prevent stones, branches or roots from getting caught so easily. Instead of metal, as usual, Bollinger’s underride guard is made of a carbon Kevlar mixture.
Using the column-mounted shifter that’s tied to an electronic actuator, drivers can shift between high and low range by engaging the electronic locking differentials by means of dashboard-mounted toggle switches. At the charging station, both models require a charging time of 75 minutes with DC fast-charging. Production will start next year, deliveries in 2021. Reservations are now open for a deposit of 1,000 dollars.
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