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New Electric Pickup Truck Unveiled: Should Tesla & Rivian Be Worried?

For those of us out there who are interested in an all-electric pickup truck, the wait to get our hands on one may feel excruciatingly slow, especially since all sorts of other electric vehicles are already on the market.  There just seems to be no rush to design and release a decent electric pickup.  But electric startup Bollinger Motors may be on the cusp of changing that.  After enticing us with renderings of its B2 electric pickup last year, it looks like Bollinger will finally be debuting both its electric SUV and pickup truck on September 26th. 

Bollinger Pickup Truck

Bollinger set out to reinvent trucks, not just electrify them to keep up with current technological trends.  Today’s unveiling of the first beta prototypes of both the Bollinger B1 and Bollinger B2 shows that the company is moving steadily towards production.  The company touts them as the world’s first all-electric off-road and on-road trucks.

Make no mistake, these trucks are meant to be utilitarian.  They are not flashy.  They are not sleek.  They are not filled with touchscreens and digital buttons.  In a lot of ways, these trucks are not visually attractive. 

But perhaps their simplistic, boxy styles and minimalist designs are a great way to prevent distraction from the details that do count.  These trucks were built by a talented CEO, Robert Bollinger, who wanted to create the best trucks possible after recognizing the flaws of traditional trucks on his farm.  His company grew out of that passion.

The Specs

The Bollinger B1 and B2 vehicles are beasts, Class 3 medium trucks built to leave competitors such as the Chevy Silverado 3500, the Ford F-350, and Dodge Ram 3500 in the dust.  These are one-ton trucks with dual motors that pump out 614 horsepower and are capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 100 mph.  They are capable of high and low range, have 10″ to 15″ of variable ground clearance, and boast a 5,201 lb payload capacity.  With 668 lb-ft torque and a 7,500 lb towing capacity, the B1 and B2 will be able to haul a heavy load and conquer troublesome terrain with ease.  They also come with a unique mid-gate design that leads to a storage area under the hood for the transport of extra-long cargo.

That list alone is impressive, but amazingly enough, all of that is packed into a vehicle powered by a 120 kWh battery pack capable of driving 200 miles on a single charge. 

The Bollinger B1 and B2 are trucks built to be modern-day workhorses, so while the design will not appeal to everyone, the demographic these trucks are built for will find them to be invaluable additions to their homes, farms, and businesses.  More details regarding pricing, manufacturing, and the eventual release of these vehicles should come out in the next few months.

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