DETROIT -- It’s been four years since Bollinger Motors hatched plans to build ultrarugged, seriously capable off-road trucks that just so happened to be electric. The automotive press this week got a first look at the trucks that will lead the Detroit-area company’s charge into production: the four-door B1 SUV and the B2 pickup.
At first glance, the trucks look similar to the concept B1, other than two extra doors (removable, as are the roof panels) and the B2’s pickup bed. Indeed, production versions retain the general look, feel and attitude of the concept-prototype, though engineers say they’ve benefited from a series of tweaks and improvements large and small -- not surprising, given the rapidly evolving state of EV tech.
They've also picked up a number of details and touches belied by the simple, boxy overall looks. For example: The raised strips running the length of the trucks' cargo load areas, as well as the interior door pulls, are made of wood salvaged from old church pews. The dashboard air vents are long, perforated cylinders that resemble nothing so much as machine gun barrel shrouds.