The Bollinger Motors B-1 may look like a design study for the next Ford Bronco or Land Rover Defender, but it’s more like a Tesla under its utilitarian skin.
The B-1 is a battery-powered take on the kind of bare bones truck nobody seems to make anymore, and was appropriately born on a farm in Hobart, New York.
Company founder Robert Bollinger was raising grass-fed cattle there and wasn’t happy with the trucks he was driving. So he bought a garage that had gone out of business, dusted off his degree in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon and hired a diverse team of engineers to help him build something better for both work and play.
The result is an SUV that’s about the size of the original Ford Bronco that has an aluminum chassis with a battery pack in the floor, two electric motors, and a steel roll cage. The body is aluminum too. It’s all flat panels and hard angles with exposed hinges, rivets and bolts. Not because it’s still in development, but so that owners can fix and customize it them themselves.
They can also transform it from an SUV into a pickup by removing the back seats, the rear section of the roof and installing a wall between the bed and the cab.
The bed isn’t that long, but it’s wide enough for a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood, and since there’s no engine up front, there’s a storage compartment under the hood and a full-length passage running down the middle of the B-1 that can accommodate boards up to 12-feet long without opening the tailgate.Read More...
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