Electric vehicles are popping up everywhere at auto shows around the world and at the recent New York Auto show in April 2022 things were no different. One that caught our eye was the Bollinger Motors Class 3 all-electric B2 pickup truck prototype. Early this year Bollinger changed its focus from targeting consumer customers to commercial vehicles as they saw the trend of companies actively starting to look at their existing fleets of vehicles and decisions were being made on what type of EV would suit their future needs. Basically in January 2022 they cancelled consumer orders for the eye-catching B1SUV and the B2 pick up EV.
“We are committed to providing revolutionary all-electric vehicles for fleet customers,” said Robert Bollinger, Founder & CEO of Bollinger Motors. “I look forward to supporting innovative companies like New York Con Edison and growing our relationship with them as they seek to lead by example in pursuit of their sustainability objectives.”
Teaming up with Con Edison who are the second largest solar producer in the US, their clean energy commitment includes a plan to electrify its fleets, with commitments to electrify 80% of its light-duty fleet by 2030 and 100% by 2035. Con Edison has tasked Bollinger Motors with developing a Class-3 prototype of a walk-in van for initial piloting. Con Edison is tentatively planning to integrate these vehicles, along with other applications in Classes 3 – 6, into its fleet by 2024. “As the US approaches a pivotal moment in the adoption of electric vehicles, Bollinger Motors is developing strong working relationships with prospective fleet and commercial customers, and our work with Con Edison serves as just one example of the tailor-made solutions we’re able to offer,” said Frank Jenkins, Director of Commercial Sales.
“Our all-electric platforms and chassis cabs offer a wide variety of commercial applications that are highly adaptable to the specific use cases and duty cycles that today’s commercial fleets require
Founded in 2015 by Robert Bollinger, Bollinger Motors is a U.S.-based company, with headquarters in Oak Park, Michigan. Bollinger Motors will manufacture all-electric platforms and chassis cabs for commercial vehicles in Classes 3-6. www.BollingerMotors.com.
According to Bollinger using their robust DNA from the Bollinger B1 and B2, their commercial Class 3 thru 6 platforms will be durable, dependable, electric work beasts.
Their platforms are based on a singular vision to be efficient, cost-effective, and long-lasting. By developing Classes 3 through 6 simultaneously, they are working towards their battery packs, high-voltage components, and rear-wheel-drive powertrains to deliver multiple options for fleets across the globe.
The Bollinger B2CC
The Bollinger B2CC is the world’s first and only Class 3 all-electric chassis-cab truck platform, and it offers unlimited work truck variants. ““The Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab’s unique features – including the 5,000-lb. payload and large energy source to power tools – make it perfect for businesses, small and large,” says CEO Robert Bollinger. “Commercial fleets will be able to reduce their overall cost of operation while buying a truck designed, engineered, and built in the USA. The B2CC is an ideal option for municipalities, parks services, emergency response vehicles, airports, construction, landscaping, electricians, plumbers, security, non-tactical military, and more The Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab will be built on the patent-pending Bollinger Motors E-Chassis all wheel drive base that underpins the Bollinger B1 Sport Utility Truck and the B2 Pickup. It will be available in both 2-door and 4-door cabs and on multiple wheelbase lengths.
BATTERIES ARE AT THE HEART OF IT ALL
They have been developing their own battery packs since day one. Their BMS (battery management system) has been developed in-house and are well suited to fit their Class 3 through 6 platforms
MADE IN THE USA
They are based in the Detroit area, right in the middle of the automotive action. The company’s aim is to source as many components and materials built in the USA as possible, and to assemble the final product in the Midwest.
Their all-electric platforms are tailored to fit existing commercial truck bodies, which will help speed fleet adoption in a sector that has a significant impact on emissions and the environment. They are working with environmental organizations, suppliers, and engineering firms to create advanced solutions that will facilitate this necessary industry change. EVs are a fundamental part of the DNA at Bollinger Motors. They know that the future is electric, and as highlighted on their website they are fully dedicated to helping the world make that future become reality.