Bollinger has revealed its patented E-Chassis. This rugged truck platform incorporates two electric motors, four-wheel drive, and batteries into one skateboard-like chassis.
- Bollinger Motors is a start-up electric truck company based in Detroit, Michigan.
- Last year, Bollinger revealed its B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck.
- Each Bollinger truck starts at approximately $125,000 and sales are scheduled to begin in 2021.
- The Bollinger E-Chassis, used in the B1 and B2, will be commercially available to outside companies.
Bollinger Motors is making its patented E-Chassis available to anyone who wants a rough-and-tumble platform for one tough electric truck. Bollinger made headlines and turned plenty of heads last year when it revealed its boxy B1 sport utility and B2 pickup truck. Now, the Detroit-based firm is taking its patented skateboard-like chassis, used in both the B1 and B2, and making it available for commercial use.
The electric Bollinger B2 pickup, seen here, has four-wheel drive, 614 horsepower, and a driving range of about 200 miles. (Photo: Bollinger Motors)
The Bollinger E-Chassis has impressive capabilities and is classified as a Class 3 truck chassis. This is the type used in heavy-duty trucks, like the Ford F-350 Super Duty and Chevrolet Silverado HD. These vehicles have a combined Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of between 10,001 to 14,000 pounds. These are dedicated work trucks, suited for heavy towing and hauling large payloads.
The Bollinger E-Chassis offers more than 600 horsepower in the Detroit company’s upcoming B1 sport utility and B2 pickup truck. (Photo: Bollinger Motors)
In Bollinger’s own vehicles, the E-Chassis posts some impressive specs. With a maximum of 614 horsepower and 668 lb-ft of torque, the B1 and B2 are estimated to need only 4.5 seconds for the sprint from zero to 60 mph. Driving range is estimated at 200 miles per charge. The chassis is waterproof, constructed to withstand impacts while driving over rough terrain, and includes off-road hardware like portal axles in its suspension.
The simple structure of the Bollinger E-Chassis makes it highly adaptable to a wide variety of uses. (Photo: Bollinger Motors)
The E-Chassis will be built alongside the B1 and B2, though Bollinger Motors has not confirmed exactly where production will take place. Another unknown is the price for the E-Chassis itself, though Bollinger has said it will be available with a choice of 120- and 180-kWh battery packs. The platform boasts a a low center of gravity, 5,000-pound payload capacity, hydro-pneumatic suspension, hydraulic steering system, and an electric motor mounted at each axle.
According to Bollinger’s press release, the strong and simple nature of the E-Chassis makes it highly adaptable from a commercial aspect, since a wide range of body styles can be fitted onto it.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Selling expensive and square-shaped trucks is only part of Bollinger Motors’ game plan, apparently. The E-Chassis is available to buy off-the-shelf, though it remains to be seen how many people are in the market for a Class 3 electric truck chassis.