Bollinger Unveils Class 3 Electric Chassis Cab
This flexible option busts open the electric truck segment to a whole new target marketby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Bollinger has unveiled a Chassis Cab version of its electric truck for its commercial customers called the Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab. It is based on the Class 3 platform called the E-Chassis which Bollinger revealed last month.
The automaker claims that it is “the world’s first and only Class 3 all-electric chassis-cab truck platform.” Will this help Bollinger make a mark for itself in the commercial electric truck market?
What Makes The Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab So Special?
Chassis cab trucks are very popular among commercial fleet owners, as they tend to install their own aftermarket accessories to suit their requirements. This is a smart move by Bollinger because no other electric automaker currently offers this.
The Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab will be offered in a variety of combinations to fit every customer’s bill.
Bollinger says it will be sold in both two- and four-door configurations in full-cab and cutaway-cab layouts with various wheelbase lengths.
The Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab is based on the patent-pending E-Chassis that’s built and designed keeping the commercial applications and versatility in mind. Here are the features you can expect from the Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab:
- 120-kWh battery pack as standard
- 180-kWh battery optional
- Can accommodate hydraulic steering
- Portal axles
- All-wheel drive
- All-terrain capabilities
- Dual-motor setup
- 5,000 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 E-Chassis that serves as the base for the Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab will also underpin the Bollinger B1 and the B2. The twins were revealed a long time back, but they are far from arriving anytime soon. Here’s what we know about the B1 and the B2:
- Powered by two electric motors
- Produce 614 Horses and 668 pound-feet of torque combined
- Two-speed Hi/Lo Range Gearbox
- 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds
- Top speed of 100 mph
- Self-leveling hydro-pneumatic suspension with a travel range of 10-inches
- 120-kWh battery pack
- 200-mile range
- The battery can be replenished to 100-percent in 75 mins using a fast charger
- With Level 2 220-volt charging system, it’ll take 10 hours
- The B2 pickup truck will come with a pass-through storage system
- 7,500-pound towing capacity
- 5,000-pound payload capacity
- No safety and tech features whatsoever; no airbags either
- Both are priced at $125,000 a pop
This is a fantastic idea by Bollinger. Chassis cabs are very popular and Bollinger is the first automaker to offer an electric platform to commercial operators. This will also push the fleet owners to look at electric trucks as an option. Being the one to initiate the concept, this will help build Bollinger’s credibility as well. Another side advantage is that the company won’t have to compete against Tesla since the latter makes use of a completely different exoskeleton and doesn’t have a platform like this one to cater to commercial owners. Unless priced absurdly, the Chassis Cab will become the company’s bread and butter.
Bollinger hasn’t announced the launch date for the Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab, but it will be in late 2021. The pricing is also not revealed yet. What are your thoughts on the Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab? Share them with us in the comments section below.
|Powertrain||Two electric motors|
|Gearbox||Two-speed Hi/Lo Range|
|0 to 60 mph||4.3 seconds|
|Top Speed||100 mph|