Hummer, GM’s iconic brand of boxy, rugged SUV and trucks inspired by the military Humvee was killed, in part, due to the surging cost of fuel a decade ago and the inability of government-installed bankruptcy brainiacs to construct a business plan. But what would a re-imagined Hummer lineup look like in the year 2019? Well, it would probably look a lot like these two new models from Bollinger Motors.
The new Detroit-based startup made a big splash in 2017 when it promised the B1 sport utility truck (let’s just call it SUV). The B1 featured an exterior design that can be best described as a mix between a Hummer H1 and a Land Rover Defender – with very rugged, tough and boxy proportions. But that was only one part of the story. The other part is that the Bollinger B1 made 360 horsepower from a fully-electric powertrain.
Since then, Bollinger had been rather quiet as it worked on developing the B1, with the goal of bringing it to production. And now, the startup just showcased the production-ready B1 SUV, while also revealing the B2 pickup truck.
While the boxy aesthetic has remained, a lot has changed. Now, both models feature a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup good for a claimed 614 horsepower and 668 pound-feet of torque. A 120kWh battery pack offers a claimed 200-mile range on either model. That power is sent through a two-speed transmission, with a selectable Hi/Lo range gearbox.
Indeed, multi-geared transmissions are still somewhat uncommon in the EV space, with many popular models using a direct drive system, since the instantaneous torque delivery tends to munch transmissions. But apparently, that’s not the case for Bollinger.
Both the B1 and B2 have a claimed 5,000-pound payload, and the B2 pickup has a 7,500-pound towing capacity. Bollinger claims both models can accomplish the 0-60 mph sprint in a mere 4.5 seconds.
Surprisingly, the unique transmission may be one of the most humdrum things about the Bollinger B1 and B2, as the brand appears to be very serious about these vehicles’ off-road capabilities. Both models tout having 15 inches of ground clearance and 10 inches of suspension travel. Those boxy front ends with minimal front overhang give both the B1 and B2 a commendable 52-degree approach angle, while the shorter rear overhang of the B1 SUV has a 28-degree departure angle.
The cabins of both models are also very reminiscent of the original Hummer H1, with a short, upright dashboard, a vast amount of space between the driver and front passenger seats, and spartan center stack and gauge cluster.
There’s also a highly configurable interior. In fact, Bollinger claims 72 sheets of 4′ by 8′ 1/2″ plywood fits in the back of the B2 pickup with the rear seats removed.
Bollinger has, seemingly, produced a very utilitarian take on what electric vehicles can be, but several questions remain. At present, the firm has neither confirmed a production schedule for these models, nor announced any pricing information. If the startup can pull it off, we may be looking at the reincarnated electric Hummer. Ironically, GM might be exploring the idea of bringing Hummer back as an off-road-oriented purveyor of EV trucks and SUVs. Here’s to hoping that turns into a reality.