The Fully-Electric Adventure Vehicles From Bollinger Motors to Start at $125,000
【Summary】Michigan-based EV manufacturer Bollinger Motors revealed the pricing of its all-electric B1 SUV & B2 pickup truck.
Michigan-based electric truck startup Bollinger Motors revealed the pricing of its B1 SUV and B2 fully-electric pickup truck last week, and they are pricey. The company announced that prices for both offerings will start at $125,000, which might make them out of reach for some buyers.
Bollinger planned to keep the price of its utilitarian trucks under $100,000, but the company spent more money to improve the trucks, at least on paper, which compensates for the more expensive price tag.
Bollinger first shared the $100,000 estimate in 2017, when it disclosed that both the B1 SUV and the B2 pickup truck will share the same platform. The electric trucks are equipped with a 120kWh battery pack. The B1 and B2 will offer around 200 miles of all-electric driving range.
Bollinger will also offer an optional dual-battery setup that will churn out 614 hp, enabling the B1 and B2 to sprint from 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds.
Both the Bollinger B1 SUV and the B2 pickup truck happen to very capable off-roaders.
Bollinger Motors will offer a two-speed Hi/Lo gearbox in both the B1 and B2. The company is also working on developing a four-door version of each vehicle. Unlike other electric utility vehicles that have been designed with a focus on versatility and not on invulnerability, Bollinger EVs have been designed to take on challenging terrains and come out unscathed.
Both will get suspension setups that will offer 15-inch ground clearance and 5-inches of travel. The company has also confirmed that both trucks will be capable of hauling 5,201 pounds as per official payload capacity and will get a 7,500-pound towing capacity.
The popularity of the utility vehicle segment is on an all-time high and electric vehicle manufacturers like Tesla and Rivian are working hard at amping up the excitement of their upcoming offerings.
Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk recently commented on its own "Cyber-truck" and said that it would look like an armored personnel carrier.
Electric utility vehicle manufacturer Rivian also showcased its R1T electric pickup truck at a recent event to rally prospective buyers by presenting an adventure version with prototype camping kitchen system built in and painted in a baby-blue color scheme.
Along with Rivian and Tesla, Bollinger is also taking on the likes of General Motors, FCA and Ford, which is exhaustively road-testing its Mustang-inspired SUV that it will reveal next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
It would be interesting to see how Bollinger's strategy fairs against the possible competitive pricing of Tesla's pickup or Rivian's advertised off-road credentials.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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