“Tonight is a celebration that we’ve actually built them. They actually work. They’re amazing,” said Robert Bollinger, CEO and founder of the originally New York-based startup Bollinger Motors as he unveiled the B1 SUV and B2 pick-up recently.
You may remember the no-nonsense, all-electric off roaders from our previous coverage here - that boxy design is pretty hard to forget, isn’t it?
At the time we only had renders and speculative specs to go off, though. Now we’ve got actual cars in the metal and real-life numbers to peruse over.
Those numbers are fantastic too. We were initially promised 360bhp and 640nm of torque in both the B1 and B2, but battery and EV technology has come on so much since that both cars now put out 606bhp and 906nm. Lovely.
Along with that power, you’ll also get 322 kilometres of range, a fast-charging time of 75 minutes and a rather mega 2,268kg payload, although because that’s also how much the larger B2 weighs, top speed is just 161kph.
Both Bollingers have a pretty neat party trick though. In the absence of an internal combustion engine, there’s a through loading system that stretches the full length of each car to carry long objects. It should also be pretty handy off-road – the B1 has particularly short overhangs and a 105-inch wheelbase.
That’s about it for now. Does the purposeful, no-nonsense approach appeal to you? Or do you prefer a curve or two in your car design?