[Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.]
Bollinger Motors, a startup already developing an electric pickup truck and large SUV, plans to go into the commercial vehicle business.
The Oak Park, Mich., company unveiled drawings of its DELIVER-E all-electric delivery van on Aug. 28. It uses components and technology developed for Bollinger’s B1 SUV and the B2 pickup truck.
“The potential market for all-electric commercial vehicles is huge. Just about every company is looking to go green, which means they need to both buy their future vehicles as all-electric and replace their current fleet with all-electric as they come to the end of their life cycles,” Robert Bollinger, CEO of Bollinger Motors, told Transport Topics.
Introducing DELIVER•E, the all-electric platform solution for delivery and medium-duty truck fleets. The front-wheel drive, all-electric DELIVER•E platform will be engineered to fit Classes 2B, 3, 4, and 5.— Bollinger Motors (@bollingermotors) August 27, 2020
See more at https://t.co/kZNlLsl40j.
Electric vehicle demand already outweighs what other manufacturers are planning to build, he said. “We will definitely be able to garner a sizable chunk of the market,” Bollinger said.
Bollinger has plenty of competition from other startups, such as Rivian — it has an Amazon order for 100,000 electric delivery vans — Workhorse Group, Xos Trucks and others. Mercedes-Benz is selling an electric version of its Sprinter van in Europe and other automakers are also looking at the market.
Bollinger’s van is slated to go into production in 2022, the company said. The company will start manufacturing the pickup truck and SUV late next year, but will not assemble the vehicles itself; rather, it will rely on a yet-to-be-named manufacturing partner.
Bollinger B1 SUV by Bollinger Motors
The front-wheel-drive van will be scalable to fit commercial needs in the Classes 2 through 5 commercial vehicle segments. Like other developers of electric trucks, Bollinger projects that the total cost of ownership for its vehicle will be less than comparable gas and diesel vans.
The van will come in multiple wheelbase and battery pack configurations, including 70, 105, 140, 175 and 210 kWh, to match customers’ range and payload needs. Bollinger did not release price information but said the cost would vary with the different configurations.
While it shares technology and components with the pickup and SUV, the vehicle will have a new platform created to address delivery vans’ specific needs. Features include a low-load floor height of 18 inches and a high-strength steel frame designed for durability.
Want more news? Listen to today's daily briefing: