The world’s first fully-working prototype of an all-electric sport utility truck, the Bollinger B1 sports ute won’t be winning any styling awards.
But a combination of lightweight materials and a 50/50 front/rear weight balance help this 3900lb (1.8 tonne) beast reach 60 mph from standstill in just 4.5 seconds, despite a complete lack of aerodynamic efficiency. It has a top speed of 127 mph.
The Bollinger B1 sports ute’s off-road use will be limited by its range between charging at either a 120 or 200 miles. But that is more than most electric vehicles on the road today, says Bollinger engineer John Hutchison.
“The average US driver travels less than 36 miles per day, so the B1 has plenty of charge for anything you throw at it. I think we found the right combination of utility, off-road capability and range options.”
Pricing and manufacturing targets will be announced later this year, with the company in discussions with established motor vehicle manufacturers over potential production partnerships.
“The business case for the B1 makes sense at a very realistic and modest production number and at a price point of a nicely equipped sport utility vehicle,” said the company’s founder and CEO Robert Bollinger. “When you factor in this vehicle’s superiority over the other choices on today’s market, we think we have a winning combination.
“This is the culmination of what has been a 40-year-long boyhood dream of mine and I couldn’t be more pleased with the vehicle and the incredible team who worked so hard to create it.”
The B1 is painted in a special Gunhouse Grey, a nod to the road where the development work was completed. Black accents and a black satin wheel finish contribute to a rugged, heavy-duty truck style and a classic, three-box look Bollinger believes will resonate with contemporary and traditional off-road vehicle enthusiasts.