- ev startup bollinger unveiled production-intent images of its electric pickup and suv.
- the largest design changes are the movement of the b-pillar, the switch from two radiators to a single radiator behind the bumper, and more headroom.
- the b1 and b2 are slated to start production in late 2021.
years before the cybertruck and hummer ev appeared, bollinger was showing off its own vision of electric pickup truck and suv models. since then, the automotive startup’s b1 suv and b2 truck have been making the rounds at auto shows clad in black and generally looking like lego versions of the electrified future.
today bollinger revealed renderings of the production-intent versions of the two evs. the changes between these and the earlier prototypes are typical for show cars transitioning to production models. and of course, the vehicles in the renderings are white instead of the intimidating black we’ve come to expect from the company.
when asked about the design changes, ceo robert bollinger told c/d, "the largest difference is that the entire body has been re-engineered for production. it's all truly body-on-frame now and optimized for manufacturing."
the most noticeable changes are to the front fascia and headlights. on the initial prototype, the headlight area also served as an air intake for the dual radiators. bollinger says due to improved thermal management, it has now placed a single radiator behind the bumper. the result is that the headlights look slightly smaller and less intimidating.
on the side, the b-pillar has been moved forward to make it easier for passengers to enter the vehicles. the vehicles are now two inches taller, resulting in more headroom, and the sliding glass windows have been replaced with regular windows operated with a manual crank. on the b2 truck, the bed is now independent of the cab, which bollinger says will make commercial chassis cab applications, repairs, and replacement easier. oh, and the three wipers on the windshield have been replaced with the less awesome but more traditional two-wiper setup.
bollinger may have made some changes to the design of the vehicles, but the claimed specs remain the same. both vehicles are targeting 200 miles of range and a powertrain capable of delivering 614 hp and 668 foot-pounds of torque. the starting price for the b1 and b2 is $125,000 and both are said to go into production near the end of 2021.