The World’s First All-Electric, Off-Road, SUV Already Has 10,000 Reservations
Ever heard of the name Bollinger? If you have, you’re probably familiar with its offering, the B1 SUV, and its status as the first all-electric, all-wheel drive, off-road sports utility vehicle. It’s a distinction that the company proudly wears like a badge. Now it appears that it has unlocked another new achievement, at least according to CEO Robert Bollinger. As it turns out, Bollinger is saying that it has secured a little over 10,000 reservations for the B1 SUV, a remarkable achievement for a car that was only unveiled in July 2017.
Bollinger didn’t divulge specific details on how the company was able to secure that many reservations in a span of two months, only saying that, among other things, it has received “thousands of emails from fans” about the all-electric SUV. If the total number of reservations is accurate, it paints Bollinger and the B1 very positive lights, something that the company should definitely be proud of. Then again, having that many reservations isn’t a guarantee that everyone who reserved a slot for the B1 will end up following through on their reservations. For one, the B1 reportedly costs around $60,000, which isn’t cheap any means. Then there’s the issue of timetable since according to Bollinger, deliveries of the all-electric SUV is scheduled to being sometime in the early part of 2019. There’s no guarantee that all those people who reserved one will be patient enough to wait for their models to arrive. Then again, it’s impossible not to give credit where it’s due, especially if Bollinger’s estimates are accurate. Securing 10,000 reservations for a car that’s still well over a year from getting released is impressive enough in its own right. Now let’s see if Bollinger can retain all those reservations when more details of the all-electric B1 SUV are revealed.
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2019 Bollinger B1
Bollinger Motors – you’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of it. It’s a three-year-old company with only seven employees based in Hobart, New York, a town of only 403 people. But don’t let its size fool you; Bollinger Motors just debuted an all-electric SUV with 4WD, a towing capacity of 6,100 pounds, a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, and a range of 200 miles on a single charge. Oh, and it has a reconfigurable/removable hard top and can carry objects 12-feet long between the seats in its bumper-to-bumper cargo pass-through. Interested yet? You’d better be.
It’s called the B1 and it’s currently a one-off prototype built by hand in a renovated automotive repair shop in Hobart. But the dream for CEO Robert Bollinger is much, much larger. The vision is to pioneer and dominate a new segment of electric off-road pickups and SUVs. But to get there, Bollinger needs a builder. Current talks with established U.S. automakers and manufacturers are already underway. A report from AutoWeek suggests AM General is on the short list thanks to its open capacity to serve as a full-scale production partner. But despite not having secured a manufacturer, Bollinger says deliveries of the B1 will begin in 19 months, meaning February 2019. Initial sales will be conducted directly through Bollinger and reservations are already open. Starting in early 2018, customers can secure their reservation and order their B1 with a $1,000. Pricing is expected to start around $60,000.
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