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May

Q&A: Bollinger Motors CEO talks new all-electric B2CC chassis-cab truck

Bollinger Motors unveils the world’s first Class 3 electrical industrial truck platform.

Bollinger Motors lately introduced plans to provide and promote an all-electrical, Class 3 chassis cab truck on its B2 pickup platform. The Bollinger B2CC is the world’s first and solely Class 3 all-electric chassis-cab truck platform, and it gives limitless work truck variants.

“The Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab’s distinctive options – together with the 5,000-lb. payload and enormous power supply to energy instruments – make it good for companies, small and enormous,” says CEO Robert Bollinger. “Business fleets will be capable to cut back their total value of operation whereas shopping for a truck designed, engineered, and constructed within the USA. The B2CC is a perfect possibility for municipalities, parks companies, emergency response autos, airports, building, landscaping, electricians, plumbers, safety, non-tactical army, and extra.”

We had just a few follow-up questions for Bollinger which we recognize him taking the time to reply beneath:

 

Any phrase but on who’ll be dealing with manufacturing?

Bollinger: To be introduced.

Any adjustments in vary for industrial functions?

Bollinger: Our 200-mile vary for the complete B1 and B2 means the stripped down Chassis Cab can have round 225, however then will come again down relying on the quantity of truck physique added and the way the truck is used. We’ll have situations intimately nearer to manufacturing in order that prospects can see prematurely.

Any commitments from [partner] companies or organizations but?

Bollinger: To be introduced.

The flexibility to actually wash out the inside of a Bollinger pickup will enchantment to fleets, particularly on this age of ultra-vigilant sanitation. Every other options that you just assume will enchantment to fleets?

Bollinger: There are big incentives in California for fleets turning to EVs, together with a $50,000 immediate rebate at time of buy. A enterprise shopping for our Chassis Cab over the competitors will probably be doing so with a purpose to get the pass-through characteristic, higher floor clearance, the hydropneumatic suspension, the 5000 lb. payload, the bidirectional charging, and many others.

Please communicate to the upkeep necessities and the way fleets will save $$$ and time in caring for the B2 chassis cab.

Bollinger: Whole value of possession for ICE autos contains many variables: automobile buy worth, gas prices, brake pad and rotor replacements, engine oil adjustments, engine rebuild/substitute at specified intervals, transmission rebuild/substitute at specified intervals, and at occasions might doubtlessly embody estimated penalties for well being problems with operators as a consequence of respiratory diesel fumes.  There may be additionally typically a productiveness benefit to a automobile with greater capabilities for acceleration underneath extraordinarily excessive cease and begin drive cycles.  If all of those components are thought-about over a sufficiently lengthy automobile lifetime it’s potential that complete value of possession over the lifetime of the automobile might change into constructive for electrical over ICE.  Diesel engines are prevalent in these fleets immediately as a consequence of their usually longer sturdiness in comparison with gasoline engines, although they’re additionally far more costly to buy up entrance.  As well as, diesel engines have gotten increasingly more costly to buy as a consequence of phase-in of extra stringent emissions rules and the required after-treatment tools wanted on the automobile to go emissions testing.  Additional, diesel engine working prices have risen considerably with the added requirement for DEF along with base diesel gas prices.

When will fleets be capable to take a look at drive a B2CC?

Bollinger: We’ll have prototypes in early 2021.

2021 is simply across the nook. Any concept on pricing but?

Bollinger: To be introduced.

The Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab will probably be constructed on the patent-pending Bollinger Motors E-Chassis all-wheel drive base that underpins the Bollinger B1 Sport Utility Truck and the B2 Pickup. Will probably be obtainable in each 2-door and 4-door cabs and on a number of wheelbase lengths.

Options of the patent-pending Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab embody:

Two-door or 4-door cab
Numerous wheelbase lengths, primarily based on desired customization
Patent-pending passthrough for storage of lengthy gadgets
120 kWh battery pack
All-wheel drivetrain
All-terrain capabilities
Twin motor
Portal gear hubs
5,000 lb. payload
Extremely-low heart of gravity
Hydraulic anti-lock energy brakes (ABS)
Digital traction management
Digital stability management
Hydraulic energy steering
Hydro-pneumatic self-leveling suspension
Impartial entrance and rear suspension
10kw on-board charger/inverter
Full energy system controls, configurable to given automobile utility
Built-in thermal-management system

The Bollinger B2 Chassis Cab will probably be made obtainable to industrial outfitters in late 2021 in each full cab and cutaway-cab variants.

Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent utility for all-electric Class 3 autos on November 18, 2019. The patent utility quantity is 62936929.