Bollinger To Develop Electric Vans From 2022
Bollinger probably aims at getting bulk orders like Rivian did from Amazonby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 04:40
After revealing its old-school SUV and pickup truck, the B1 and B2, Bollinger soon moved focus to the Class 3 electric platform called the E-Chassis. This was aimed at commercial applications and would end up being the bread and butter of the company since the B1 and B2 are pricey products and won’t bring the volume.
Now, the company has jumped into another volume-churning segment, the electric delivery vans. Called the Deliver-E, this electric van will be available in front-wheel-drive configuration with five different battery pack options.
Bollinger Delver-E Will Cater To a Wide Target Audience
Bollinger revealed the Deliver-E electric cargo van concept that could go on sale by 2022.
The design is a stark contrast of the old-school philosophy that Bollinger adopted for the B1 and B2
The Deliver-E looks like a typical electric van with an arrow-like shape that is tapered at the front and wide at the rear. The rear track is noticeably wider than the front. Bollinger said that the front-wheel drive, all-electric Deliver-E platform will be engineered to fit Classes 2B, 3, 4, and 5.
The van will be sold in different wheelbase lengths, battery sizes, and a wide price bracket so it caters to a wider target audience.
It will be available with five different battery pack options – 70 kWh, 105 kWh, 140 kWh, 175 kWh, and 210 kWh.
While stuff like motors, battery, inverters, and gearboxes are carried over from the rest of Bollinger’s lineup, the new platform was specifically created for delivery vans to counter some issues that came with the B1 and B2’s chassis.
The biggest factor was to accommodate a low-load floor height of 18-inches and multiple cargo configurations, which wasn’t viable with the B1 and B2’s chassis. The Deliver-E platform is a high-strength steel frame that’s designed to be durable for at least 10 years. The rear overhang seems massive; coupled with the low ground clearance, will it be able to go about without scraping that low-hanging bottom, especially while backing? We’ll have to see that in the production version.
Is There Any Competition Already?
Despite being a niche, the electric van segment is set to explode in the future. By 2030, Rivian will deploy 100,000 electric delivery vans for Amazon. It recently filed for the “R1V” trademark as well, that hints at another electric van in the making. Mercedes-Benz is developing a short-range EV Sprinter van for the European market, whereas Ford is planning to introduce the electric version of the Transit van by 2022. Tesla is said to be working on a 12-seater van that would act as an underground shuttle for the Boring Company.
Bollinger Class 3 Electric Platform
The automaker has unveiled the E-Chassis a few months back and it’s built and designed keeping the commercial applications and versatility in mind. These are a few notable features of the E-Chassis:
- All-wheel drive
- All-terrain capabilities
- Dual motor
- 5000 pounds of payload capacity
- Ultra-low center of gravity
- Hydraulic anti-lock power brakes (ABS)
- Electronic traction and stability control
- Hydro-pneumatic self-leveling suspension
- Independent front and rear suspension
- 5-15 kW on-board charger/inverter
- Complete power system controls, configurable to given vehicle application
- Integrated thermal-management system
The press release also mentioned one other thing that caught our attention – “Bollinger Motors will work with a manufacturing partner to build the DELIVER-E vans and trucks in the US.”
This doesn’t instil a lot of faith, especially when you see it from a fleet owner’s point-of-view, who will probably purchase hundreds of these.
What sets Bollinger apart in this segment, however, is its ability to be scaled from Class 2B to Class 5. The automaker also noted that the Deliver-E will offer 20-percent savings in the total cost of ownership over 10 years, which includes the cost of a possible battery change during that period as well.
The pricing is yet to be announced. Do you think Bollinger will be able to release it before other automakers come up with their electric van offerings? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.