Bollinger Motors eyes to create longer four-door version of B1 electric SUT

Article by Christian A., on September 9, 2017

Remember the Bollinger B1 all-electric sport utility truck (SUT)? This two-door four-seat electric truck just got more convenient with further utility with the addition of two more doors. This is the new four-door version of the new Bollinger B1.

Not a few were left in awe when New York-based Bollinger Motors unveiled the new Bollinger B1, the first all‐electric, on‐and‐off‐road SUT in the world. Regarded as a medium‐duty SUT, the new Bollinger B1 features an all‐electric powertrain, all‐aluminum chassis and convertible cab panels as well as adjustable air‐suspension and distinct unique storage options. With excellent ground clearance (15.5 inches) and massive amount of instantly available torque (640 Nm), the Bollinger B1 is being marketed as the perfect work truck for ranchers and builders. But it has only two doors, which means rear cabin passengers wouldn’t have an easy time getting in or getting out of the Bollinger B1.

This is why – through a sketch image – Bollinger is revealing the plans for a four-door version of the Bollinger B1 electric SUT. However, simply adding two doors won’t do. Bollinger decided to lengthen the B1 SUT. According to Robert Bollinger, designer and chief executive of the company, creating a four-door version of the B1 SUT – which should be as capable on the off-road as the two-door original – would mean stretching the chassis by nine inches.

By stretching the chassis, Bollinger was able to lengthen the B1 electric SUT to 159 inches and expand its wheelbase of 114 inches. This compares to the original dimensions of 150 inches in length and 105 inches of wheelbase. The width and height remained at 76.5 inches and 73.5 inches, respectively. Likewise, the four-door B1 has the same ground clearance (15.5 inches) and adjustable wheel travel (+5/‐5 in) as well as same approach (56 degrees) and departure angles (53 degrees) as the two-door B1. However, the breakover angle has dropped from 33 degrees to 31 degrees.

The four-door version of all-wheel drive Bollinger B1 now offers more cargo volume. With rear seats removed including the trunk and passthrough area, the total cargo capacity has expanded by six cubic feet from 95 cu. ft. to 101 cu. ft.

Power figures are still the same, with its electric drivetrain -- a dual-motor configuration using front- and rear- mounted synchronous electric motors -- engineered to provide 270 kW (360 hp) of max output and 472 lb.-ft. (640 Nm) of peak torque. This is enough to send the two-door sprinting from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and achieving a top speed of 127 mph. The two-door Bollinger B1 has total vehicle weight of 3,900 lbs, while the four-door version is expected to be heavier – affecting its performance a little.

Both variants of the Bollinger B1 will be offered with two lithium ion battery pack options: a 60 kWh for a range of 120 miles and a 100 kWh that delivers a range of 200 miles.

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