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Old 30th July 2017, 10:52   #1
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Default Bollinger B1 - Electric Offroader Prototype

Given what I drive, It should be no surprise that the Bollinger B1 to me is the epitome of pure unadulterated motor lust!

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Pic Source: http://bollingermotors.com/new_site/#intro-video

Highlights:
  • All aluminium chassis - car weighs ~1800 Kg, which is only slightly more than the weight of the TUV
  • 375 mm (15 Inches) of GC with Adjustable hydraulic suspension that can lowered or raised 5 inches
  • Front trunk and a complete pass through from front to back, which gives you almost 14 feet of space
  • Modular design - can easily change to a 2 cab design
  • 0-60 mph in 4.5 s. Who needs a low slung sedan!
  • 2 electric motors (1 for each set of wheels) that deliver an equivalent of 360 BHP & 630 NM of torque
  • 100kW battery implies a range of ~200 miles
  • No ABS/Airbags as currently it's designed as a Class 3 vehicle (according to US standards)

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Pic Source: http://bollingermotors.com/new_site/#intro-video

For me, this prototype ticks of 3 very important things:
  • Form: is minimalist with absolutely no extras in there but still has most things that one would need in a normal car/truck.
  • Function: if the production version is going to end up anywhere near the proto, then I guess this will be a pretty sweet replacement for for folks looking for a pickup truck. Will need to wait and see how they address the climate challenge as most folks will expect some creature comforts that allows them to drive in rain, snow & sunshine
  • Economy: Electric is the future and this seems like a good first step. With charging technology gaining ground, advancement in batteries/storage technology should not be far behind.

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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to the 4x4 forum. Thanks for sharing!

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Default Re: Bollinger B1 - Electric Offroader Prototype

Now that's an unexpected EV - an offroader . Looks very sexy in a Land Rover'ish way.

Not too optimistic about it seeing production, or having a long run. The prototype was built in a garage and is more of a one-off fun project. Bollinger doesn't even know who or where the vehicle will be built.

Plus, it'll be incredibly difficult for them to meet the stringent safety regulations in the USA.

If anyone pays + reserves a B1 on their website now, all I can say is "a fool and his money are soon parted".
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That design though!

In this era of flowing lines and umpteen curves, this thing with it's straight lines, looks awesome! The Land Rover influence, imminently visible.

PS: Wonder why they are so hung up on the number of "plywood" boards it can carry? They mention it quite a few times on that front page.
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30-40 years ago in N. America, in the fledgling SUV market, form followed function. Chevy, Dodge (Chrysler), International Harvester (Navstar) and Ford all had big, boxy, high powered 4X4s that looked and acted manly. They mostly all had Dana and Borg-Warner axles, diffs, TCs. The same ones are still used today, proving the old maxim, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it.".

How SUVs became curved and girly, I dunno. It is a sad commentary on world-wide manhood that this has come to pass. Men of world unite! Pick up your er...manliness and waive it high in the air as a standard that they might know yee!

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