NO, IT’S not Bananas in Pyjamas, but Bollinger Motors has expanded its line-up of all-electric workhorses to three variants with the introduction of the B2 pick-up. Joining the original B1 three-door prototype and the B1 four-door wagon, the B2 has an extended wheelbase and a 1750mm-long cargo bed behind the four-door cabin.
“The new B2 incorporates everything that we’ve learned in making the B1 and takes it in an exciting new direction,” Bollinger Motors’ founder Robert Bollinger said. “It’s always been the plan to have both the B1 and B2 start off our line-up. Now that we have so much incredible data from testing our B1 prototype, we can put all of that engineering knowledge into our final four-door B1 and B2 vehicles. It’s the Pickup I always wanted and something crazy better than what’s available on the market today.”
The Bollinger B1 and B2 are set to go into production in 2020; however, Bollinger Motors will announce the full list of vehicle options, pricing and delivery details in 2019.
Just like the original B1, the B2 features dual-electric motors powering all four wheels. In addition to this there’s also height adjustable hydropneumatic suspension, in-wheel portal gear hubs, a 120kWh battery pack, large front trunk space, and patented pass-through doors for transporting long items.
With the rear glass open the B2 can carry full 4x8 sheets of plywood, and the B2 has a 4500kg GVM with a 2250kg hauling capacity. The B2’s functional and boxy body remains true to the original B1 wagon and is one of the brand’s most endearing features.
Since its initial unveiling, Bollinger Motors relocated its headquarters from New York to Michigan to take full advantage of the automotive manufacturing network based in and around Detroit. Now in the final stages of engineering development for its first vehicles, Bollinger Motors plans to manufacture the B2 on the same assembly line as the B1.