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Bollinger B1 Sports Utility Truck

Bollinger motors revealed the B1 SUT (Sports Utility Truck) during an event at Manhattan’s Classic Car Club. It is the worlds first fully working all-electric sports utility truck.

DESIGN:

It is crafted from a clean sheet of lightweight aluminum, with a special paint scheme called “Gunhouse Grey”. The wheels have a black satin finish to complete the exterior looks of the vehicle. The vehicle carries a rugged, heavy-duty truck design with a classic 3-box look that will attract the traditional off-road vehicle enthusiasts. The vehicle measures 150 inches in overall length, 76.5 inches in width and a height of 73.5 inches. The B1 has an excellent stance and 50-50 perfect weight distribution from front to back and from side to side The B1 has 15.5 inches of ground clearance.

POWERTRAIN:

The B1 is powered by a dual-motor powertrain using front- and rear-mounted synchronous electric motors driving all four wheels, delivering up to 270 kW (360 hp) power. The B1 will offer two lithium-ion battery pack options: 60 kWh or 100 kWh, producing either 120 miles or 200 miles in range.

The B1 has a J1772 universal connector for conventional 110V and 220V charging while Level 3 ‘DC Fast’ charging is completed through a CHAdeMO protocol charge port on the vehicle’s fender. The battery pack compartments are encased in four layers of protection between metal casings and watertight seals which are engineered to withstand submersion under 3.3ft of water for 30 minutes, which is the industry standard for EVs.

INTERIOR:

The B1 has a minimalistic interior with an all-black theme, which matches well with the exterior design philosophy.

As this is a vehicle designed with the rugged outdoorsman in mind, the Bollinger SÚT seats up to four occupants wrapped in a steel passenger safety cage. For ease of cleanup, the interior can be fully hosed down as all of the instruments have rubber seals and gaskets and polyurethane-coated floor pans. The interior is minimalist by design providing only the necessary controls to operate the vehicle both on and off-road. The vehicle’s generous use of aluminum continues into the occupant cabin and is featured along with the instrument panel. The Instrument Panel has four prominent circular gauges including a digital readout for ready status, range updates, charging status and all FMVSS warning signals. A mechanical speedometer is employed with an odometer inset; a battery level indicator; turn signals, and there’s also a unique mechanical tachometer that displays the average of the two motor’s revolutions per minute. All of the gauges have chrome bezels, black backgrounds and white numbering and lettering giving the IP a clean and classic look.

The steering column is a traditional 3-spoke, leather-wrapped wheel with stalks on the left side of the column for the turning indicator and tilt wheel. On the right side of the column, the driver has a ‘three on the tree’ style PRNDL which controls the vehicle’s gear shift positions.




On the lower left side of the dash, there are controls for lights, windshield wipers, air suspension, and the built-in winch. On the lower right side, there are controls for the front differential lock, rear differential lock, fan speed, and climate control.
The HVAC system employs an industry first 3-section roller system which sits atop the dashboard and runs the length of the interior from the driver to passenger side of the vehicle. Occupants can choose to open and close the vents and they also have the ability to turn the roller toward or away from them for varying degrees of airflow. This also allows for a quick and direct manual defrosting or defogging of the front windscreen when necessary.

The center section of the dash also incorporates a unique 13 inch by 14-inch passthrough door. The compartment allows for easy access into the frunk and can accommodate up to 24 2X4 boards for either professional contractors or the do-it-yourselfer working on a weekend project. With unobstructed space between the closed front and rear liftgates, 12-foot boards can be fully stored within the enclosed truck. When the rear liftgate is down, boards up to 16 feet can easily be transported.

Above the passthrough sits a gauge-style, marine radio stereo receiver. The in-dash waterproof receiver has Bluetooth capability with AM/FM Radio, AÚX Input for iPod/MP3 Players and SD/ÚSB Flash Readers. Sound from the unit is directed to four speakers inside the cabin. To the right side of the passthrough are twin 110-volt power outlets which allow occupants the ability to hook up their electronic devices, camping equipment, power tools or any power held devices.

PERFORMANCE FIGURES:

The vehicle also has impressive performance statistics generating 360 horsepower and a massive 472 lb-ft of torque. And with the instant torque provided courtesy of the electric drivetrain, the B1 has a noteworthy 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 127 miles per hour. The B1 weighs in at just 3,900 lbs giving it a 10.8 power to weight ratio. With a payload capacity of 6,100 lbs, the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) checks in at just over 10,001 lbs.

OFFROADING CAPABILITIES:

The chassis of the B1 rides on Mud Terrain LT285/70/R17 tires with high offset aluminum wheels for go-anywhere traction and performance. The wheels are attached with eight lugs to knuckle-housed, geared axle hubs, which allow the entire suspension system to be raised on the chassis giving it the ability to clear a multitude of off-road obstructions. The regenerative braking system consists of 11.75 inch vented inboard discs and four-piston calipers.

Its base 15.5 inches of ground clearance would make clambering in and out a bit difficult for the less tall persons, except that it also sports a hydraulic suspension that can add, or subtract, up to 5 inches. The tall ride height and watertight battery enclosure give the B1 the capability to wade through almost 5 feet of water. The angle of approach is 56 degrees — sufficient to clear a nearly 30-per cent slope. And the angle of departure at the rear is 53 degrees. Bollinger has shown a two-door version with a 105-inch wheelbase but said a four-door would be offered as well, with about 6 inches more wheelbase (and overall length) and a slightly higher price.

ABILITY TO CUSTOMIZE:

The B1’s doors and side windows are completely removable, the sliding windows with or without their frames. The roof panels — options will be glass or aluminum — are divided by a roll bar that also serves as the truck’s “B” pillar. Each panel can be removed, as can the entire rear assembly of “C” pillars, roof cross member and flip-up glass rear window. The rear half converts from covered cargo and passenger space to open pickup bed.

Total cargo area — rear, frunk, and pass-through area — is 95 cubic feet with the rear seats removed.

PROS:

  • Environmental friendly
  • Best offroading capabilities
  • All-Wheel Drive
  • Excellent mileage

CONS:

still, electric vehicles are in the developmental stage.
only a hand full of service centers is available.
self-servicing of an electric vehicle is not advisable.
a dead battery can make you stuck in the middle of nowhere.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Passengers: 4

Seat Material and Color: Black Leather

Drive: AWD

0-60 (sec) : 4.5

Top Speed (mph) : 127

Horsepower: 360

Torque (lb-ft) : 472

Total Vehicle Weight (lbs) : 3,900

Chassis Weight (lbs): 295

Power / Weight Ratio : 10.8

Energy Storage (kWh): 60 or 100

Range (mi): 120 or 200

Motor: Dual Front/ Rear

MPGe (est) : 67.4

Wheelbase (in) : 105

Length (in): 150

Width (in) : 76.5

Height (in): 73.5

Rear Track: 68

Ground Clearance (in): Adjustable between 10 – 20

Approach/ Breakover / Departure: 56/33/53

Payload Capacity (lbs): 6,100

Total Cargo Capacity w rear
seats removed including the
frunk and passthrough area (cu ft): 95

Storage Capacity Frunk (cu ft): 14

Towing Capacity (lbs): 6,100

How many sticks of 2x4s can fit
through the passthrough: 24

Length from front to rear liftgates
with liftgates closed (ft) : 12

Length from front to rear liftgates
with liftgates open (ft): 15′ 4″

Number of 1/2″ sheets of 4×8 drywall
stacked bottom to top on the rear
cargo area: 72

Wheel Size Front/Rear: LT285/70/R17

Wheel Color: Black Satin

GVWR (lbs) : 10,001

Charging Ports: J1772 (110 & 220) & CHAdeMO (DC Fast)

Brakes: 11.75 inches vented; regenerative; 4-wheel anti-lock inboard discs

Width/ height of the pass-thru (in): 13″ wide x 14″ high

Charge Time 60 kWh (From fully depleted): Level 2 (220v) 7.3 hours

DC Fast: 45 min

Charge Time 100kWh (From fully depleted): Level 2 (220v) 12.1 hours

DC Fast: 75 min

Weight Balance: 50/50

Skid Plate Thickness: 1/4 inch ribbed aluminum

Exterior Color: Gunhouse Grey with Black Accents




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