Bollinger Motors on Friday introduced that it’ll shelve the B1 electrical SUV and B2 electrical pickup truck to be able to concentrate on industrial automobiles.
In a press launch, the corporate mentioned it’ll refund deposits of consumers who’ve reserved a B1 or B2. Whereas Bollinger calls the transfer a “postponement,” the corporate did not talk about when growth of both mannequin would possibly resume. It is also unclear whether or not the choice will influence Bollinger’s plan to ship its first industrial automobiles in 2022.
Bollinger was based in 2015 with the purpose of launching the B1, a no-frills electrical off-roader. It later added the B2 pickup truck, based mostly on the identical platform. After a number of teases with prototypes, Bollinger unveiled what it referred to as “manufacturing intent” variations of each automobiles in December 2020.
Bollinger Business Platform (Class 3-6)
Bollinger was initially as a consequence of begin manufacturing by the tip of 2020, after which pushed that concentrate on again to late 2021. It beforehand quoted a base worth of $125,000 for both the B1 or B2.
The total-on shift to industrial automobiles is not too shocking. In 2020, the corporate introduced a chassis-cab model of the B2 geared toward industrial fleets, in addition to an electrical supply van idea. In 2021, it introduced a standalone Class 3 electrical truck platform dubbed Chass-E and a Business Platform designed for Class 3 to Class 6 industrial automobiles. It additionally partnered with EAVX to develop our bodies for the Business Platform.
Class 3-and-higher automobiles do not must adjust to Federal Motor Car Security Requirements, which solely apply to passenger automobiles and lightweight vans. Which means much less growth work for Bollinger, which additionally meant to construct the B1 and B2 as Class 3 automobiles. Not less than now the corporate can be advertising EVs constructed to commercial-fleet requirements as industrial automobiles.