World’s First True EV SUV is Insanely Cool
At This Rate, Tesla Doesn’t Stand a Chance.
Updated August 15, 2018
Hybrids and all-electronic vehicles are, without question, the way of the future. The limitations up to this point have come from the technology behind the motors and the hefty price tag that even entry-level EVs bear. When it comes to off-road and fully capable all-electric options, there are many feats to overcome. One company has not only tackled the logistics of these issues but has developed the ultimate outdoor vehicle in doing so. We are happy to introduce to you, the Bollinger B1.
Just like most hybrids and EVs in the market now, the B1 is powered by a lithium ion battery pack. Two motors provide AWD power for the best traction and handling available. As preferred with off-road vehicles, the 50/50 weight distribution both front to back and side to side is incredibly valuable, and a feature that is hard to come by in a gasoline powered vehicle. The B1 is even modular, so the entire vehicle can be disassembled and rearranged to suit whatever purposes you may have for it that day. Much like America’s favorite Jeep Wranglers, the B1 is sure to strike similar notes with potential customers. Watch the video below to see for yourself.
The output for this vehicle is pretty impressive: 360 HP and 472 lb.-ft. of torque is achieved after a quick charge of only 45 minutes. The B1 comes in at just under 4,000 lbs. but has a payload capacity of 6,000 lbs. All of that weight comes primarily from the batteries and their extraordinarily intense waterproof housing. Bollinger claims the B1 can be submerged in 3.3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes before the batteries and major components are affected.
As for the future of the vehicle, Bollinger is now taking preorders and hopes to outsource the major production of the vehicle to a third party soon. This smaller all-terrain vehicle is being marketed with seating for 4 people, a waterproof interior that can be hosed out, a range of 120-200 miles depending on the model and a top speed of 127 mph. Preorders are going for as little as $1,000 up front and optimistically, we could be seeing them as soon as 2020.
The Bollinger ultimately gives us a Military Jeep/Hummer feel, and we’re cool with that. After all, softer versions can be created and creature comforts can always be added later. The simplicity adds to the overall capability of the vehicle, as you have less to damage and less to worry about. While the “Gunhouse Grey” color the B1 sports definitely suits it, we’re holding out hope that other options will be available come production time.