Michigan-based electric vehicle startup Bollinger has released a chassis cab variant of the Bollinger B2 electric utility vehicle, which it says will offer significant cost of ownership savings over a comparable internal combustion engine chassis cab truck.
The Bollinger B2 chassis cab is available in rear-wheel drive, dual rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants. The rear-wheel-drive and dual rear-wheel-drive models have a maximum payload of 7,500 lbs, while the AWD model has a payload of 5,000 lbs. All versions have an estimated range of 200+ miles a maximum torque output of 850 pound-feet.
Bollinger chassis cab trucks come “upfitter and aftermarket ready,” and can be used as the basis for municipal fleet trucks, bucket trucks, box delivery trucks, tow trucks and even military service vehicles. The company says the trucks offer a ten-year cost of ownership savings of $27,060 over a comparable ICE chassis cab, factoring in a $12,400 battery replacement, annual electricity costs, maintenance and insurance. Pricing starts at $70,000 for the single rear-wheel-drive model and extends to $100,000 for the AWD model.
“Commercial fleets will be able to reduce their overall cost of operation while buying a truck designed, engineered, and built in the USA,” Bollinger says on its website. “The B2CC is an ideal option for municipalities, parks services, emergency response vehicles, airports, construction, landscaping, electricians, plumbers, security, non-tactical military, and more.”
The BrightDrop EV600 electric delivery van from General Motors will serve a similar purpose as the Bollinger B2 chassis cab, however it has more limited potential uses, as it has so far only been shown in a van body style. While it has yet to present an electric chassis cab truck, GM will likely be keeping a close eye on EVs like this as it prepares to release more battery-powered trucks and SUVs between now and 2025.
Automakers will also be eager to introduce more battery-powered fleet vehicles as the Biden Administration begins to enact its plan to replace the entire federal vehicle fleet with EVs, a move that could cost upwards of $20 billion. The federal vehicle fleet currently consists of over 645,000 vehicles, just 3,215 of which are battery-powered.