Michigan-based electric vehicle startup Bollinger has announced it will postpone the development and production of its consumer-facing vehicles in order to focus on its fledgling commercial vehicles business.
In a statement released this week, Bollinger CEO Robert Bollinger said the company has decided to postpone consumer-truck production and delivery indefinitely as it focuses more of its resources on the commercial and fleet side of its business.
“We started Bollinger Motors in 2015 with a dream and a desire to make the best trucks possible,” Bollinger said. “We’ve put countless hours of hard work and passion into making something that makes us proud. However, today, we’re postponing the consumer trucks’ development and shifting our focus to commercial trucks and fleets.”
Bollinger first showed off its utilitarian B1 electric SUV and B2 electric pickup truck in 2019 and detailed mildly improved versions of the vehicles last summer with more creature comforts and revised cabin dimensions. At the time, the company said its utilitarian vehicles would come standard with a 142 kWh lithium-ion battery pack providing an EPA-estimated range of around 200 miles, along with a dual-motor powertrain producing 614 horsepower and 668 pound-feet of torque. The company said this setup would enable the 5,000 lb B2 truck to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in roughly 4.5 seconds, with top speed limited to 100 mph. Prices for this consumer-facing model would have started at $125,000 – over $10,000 pricier than the opulent, 1,000 horsepower GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1.
Last March, Bollinger unveiled a chassis cab truck that would serve as the basis of its various fleet-focused offerings. The company said at the time the chassis cab would be 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 claimed maximum payload of 7,500 lbs, while the AWD model has a claimed payload of 5,000 lbs. All versions of the chassis cab also boast an estimated range of over 200 miles a maximum torque output of 850 pound-feet. Pricing will start at $70,000 for the single rear-wheel-drive model and will extend to $100,000 for the AWD model.
“The (Bollinger chassis cab) is an ideal option for municipalities, parks services, emergency response vehicles, airports, construction, landscaping, electricians, plumbers, security, non-tactical military, and more,” the automaker said last year.
Bollinger says it will soon begin refunding deposits for customers who’d previously reserved the B1 and B2. More details on its fleet business strategy should be divulged in the near future.