28 July 2017

The world’s first sport utility electric truck has been unveiled

The New York- based EV startup, Bollinger Motors, presented the B1 – the world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive sport utility truck.

Bollinger Motors was founded in 2014, by Robert Bollinger- an Industrial Design graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, who brought together a team of engineers with the vision to create the very first sport utility EV truck, inspired by life in the Catskills and the iconic Land Rover Defender.

In order to produce plenty of torque, which trucks need to cart heavy loads, Bollinger Motors, created an innovative formula by nesting the B1’s batteries in a strong aluminium chassis that weighs 295 pounds, balancing battery weight, performance and cost.

The truck comprises two battery setups – a 60 kWh system with 120 miles of range, and a 100 kWh system with 200 miles of range. 

Robert Bollinger, said: “Since the B1 is an all-electric truck, it’s really a portable energy source,” adding “So we put 100 volt plugs throughout the truck so you can use it to power any equipment and tools you might need out in the field. USB and 12 volt plugs are also integrated into the dash to cover all power needs”.

From fully depleted, the charge time for 60 kWh is 7.3 hours (DC fast: 45 min) and for 100kWh 12.1 hours (DC fast: 75 min) at 220v.

Since the batteries are sunk into the chassis, the B1 has an exceptionally low centre of gravity, and the engineering team achieved a 50/50 weight balance.

The B1 features front and rear-mounted synchronous electric motors that produce 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque, giving the vehicle a 0-60 speed of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 127 miles per hour.

The vehicle’s curb weight is 3,900 pounds, which translates to a 10.8 power to weight ratio, having a payload capacity of 6,100 pounds.

The sport utility truck measures 150 inches long, 76.5 inches wide, and 73.5 inches tall.

In an interview in The Verge, Bollinger explained that the company is still working on securing a manufacturing partner that will make the 10,000–20,000 units per year.

The partnership will determine the final price of the car which hasn’t been set yet.

Until the company gets B1 certified and finds a production partner, it will test the desirability of the innovative vehicle by taking reservations on its website

You can read the official Press Release from Bollinger Motors here

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