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Bollinger Motors showcases second-gen Class-3 EV prototypes

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  • 19AUTP11_16
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States
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Bollinger Motors recently unveiled its second-generation Class-3 EV prototypes. The start-up, based in Ferndale, Michigan, revealed the latest beta of its B1 SUV and B2 truck prototypes, highlighting the amount of in-house engineering and design. As a Class 3 (GVWR 10,001 to 14,000 lb.) vehicle, the Bollinger Motors truck and SUV are in the same classification as a Ford F-350 or Ram/Chevy 3500 truck. “This is the only all-electric Class 3 truck with off-road capability,” founder and CEO Robert Bollinger said of the B2.

“Our beta version vehicles look very much like the original alpha prototype vehicle that debuted in 2017, but almost every component on our B1 SUV and B2 truck prototypes is different,” said Karl Hacken, Bollinger Motors chief engineer. The four-door B1 and B2 are identical from the C-pillar forward, with the B2 truck's 139-in wheelbase stretching 20 inches longer than the SUV. Both aluminum-bodied prototypes feature a vehicle-length 16×14-in pass-through enabled by packaging the driveline systems below the floor.