This is How Bollinger Imagines It Will Take Over the Commercial EV Market
It can be configured for hydraulic power steering, portal axles, and a plethora of other exciting stuff!by Sidd Dhimaan, on
Bollinger revealed its B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck back in the fourth quarter of 2019. Both products are essentially one and the same, except in different body shapes. Unlike any other electric vehicle today that is loaded to the gill with gizmos and electronic shenanigans, the Bollinger twins are a breath of fresh air. These vehicles are as basic as they can get and are sure to please the purists and old-school lovers. But, that doesn’t mean the B1 and the B2 are built on a basic architecture.
Earlier this month, Bollinger Motors unveiled its patent-pending E-Chassis. Bollinger claims that this is the world’s first and only Class 3 electric platform that’s built and designed with commercial applications and versatility in mind. This E-Chassis will serve as the base for the Bollinger B1, B2, and the company’s other future products.
It Is The World’s First Electric Class 3 Platform
The E-Chassis is the first electric Class 3 platform in the world that’s built from the ground up.
While other automakers are out there trying to capture the domestic market, Bollinger is quietly going about building a foundation for itself in the electric commercial vehicles market. The company’s CEO, Robert Bollinger, said that "when we first built our Class 3 B1, we knew there was a commercial aspect to the platform. Not only cab-on-chassis, but entirely new truck bodies can fit on our E-Chassis, and help propel the world to all-electric that much faster."
What Makes This E-Chassis Special?
The E-chassis will accommodate a 120-kWh battery pack as standard, and a 180-kWh battery pack that will be available as an option.
The chassis can also be configured for front- or rear-wheel-drive configurations. My favorite bit from this whole spec list is that it can accommodate hydraulic power steering as well. At a time when automakers are trying to delete the steering wheel itself from electric cars (via autonomous driving), Bollinger has gone old-school and listed hydraulic steering setup as its main feature.
Portal Axles Are The Future
It’s not just this; the E-chassis can also be configured for portal gear hubs or portal axles. Not a lot of companies have adopted portal axles yet, and it is a fairly new technology. To put it in simple words, when you upgrade the size of the tires on your vehicle, the gear ratios tend to get messed up. This also leads to a loss of power.
However, with the portal axles, there are a couple of advantages. The axle doesn’t drive the wheels directly.
A small gearbox of sorts is attached at the end of each wheel that transfers moves the wheels without the loss of power as the gear ratios remain close to the factory configuration. This helps you capitalize on all the power available at your disposal to move the vehicle effortlessly. And, when we talk about commercial vehicles, they do need even the last ounce of power for their activities.
The other advantage is that portal axles also take care of lifting the vehicle. In the case of a lift kit, it is the body that is lifted, but the differential below stays at the same place. With portal axles, the differential itself is raised off the ground. You are benefited with extra ground clearance without worrying about the obstacles hitting and damaging the differential. This also helps increase off-road stability immensely.
If you are into hardcore, technical off-roading, portal axles are the way to go. The B1 and B2 do look like they will be fun when taken off the tarmac, and we can expect Bollinger to build more off-road-focused vehicles in the future. Given that the company has anyway adopted the old-school styling, folks will look forward to such vehicles from Bollinger.
Bollinger has listed out many other salient features of this chassis, that include:
- All-wheel drive
- All-terrain capabilities
- Dual motors
- 5,000-pound 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 onboard charger/inverter
- Complete power system controls, configurable to the given vehicle application
- Integrated thermal management system
Here’s What We Know About The Bollinger Twins
- Powered by two electric motors
- 614 Horsepower 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 minutes using a fast charger
- With Level 2 220-volt charging, 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 tech features whatsoever, no airbags either!
The company has obviously not announced the standalone price of the E-Chassis, but the B1 and B2 are priced at $125,000 a pop. Production is slated to begin in 2021.
Do you think Bollinger made up a whole new niche to counter the futuristic EVs that other automakers are busy building? Share your thought with us in the comments section below.