We have seen a whole bunch of new electric cars hitting the road, including the first production units of the Tesla 3. Now its the time for the off-roaders to literally come out of the woods. Bollinger Motors unveiled their first sports utility vehicle built on an all electric architecture.
“We are so thrilled to be able to finally take the wraps off of our Bollinger B1 SUT,” said Bollinger Motors' founder and CEO, Robert Bollinger. “This is the culmination of what has been a 40-year-long boyhood dream of mine and I couldn’t be more pleased with the vehicle and the incredible team who worked so hard to create it.”
From first looks the vehicle actually harks back to the post-war minimalism of the original Land Rover, with its mixed steel and aluminium build. While Landie used an adapted ladder frame from their cars, the body was entirely aluminium. In this case Bollinger uses modern manufacturing techniques to integrate an aluminium unibody that accommodates the two motors of the drivetrain as well a choice of two lithium ion battery packs with outputs of either 60kWh or 100kWh. The major difference in the two is the range available – either 120 miles (192 kms) or 200 miles (320kms). The front and rear motors offer a combined 360 horsepower of output and a torque of 640Nm. Charging is through a universal connector that allows charging from both 110 or 220V sources, while it also allows Level 3 'DCFast' charging through the fender. The B1 is also equipped with regenerative braking. Total unladen weight is under 1,800kgs.
The layout allows all power and drive components to be accommodated in a flat base, including a sealed battery compartment that can withstand limited submersion. This gives vehicle designers the ability to play around with a flat passenger and load area, including using a pass through hatch into the largely empty hood area to allow 16' long cargo to be carried with the tailgate closed.
The B1 rides on Mud Terrain 285/70 R17 tyres, and offers a ground clearance of 393mm, with the ability to extend that even more when needed over the 254mm of travel using the self-levelling hydro-pneumatic suspension.
The basic dimensions of the Bollinger B1 are a wheelbase of 2667mm, length of 3,810mm and width of 1,943mm in its shortest layout. Approach and departure angles are a stupendous 56 and 53-degrees and a break over angle of 33-degrees goes very well with the hardcore off-road credentials of the B1.
Rollover protection is provided by a high strength steel alloy roll cage and the platform is adaptable enough to offer the same sort of body customization options that the original Land Rover did.