Bollinger is a Michigan-based startup that announced today it had postponed plans to produce electric trucks to concentrate on commercial delivery vans.
Bollinger was born several years ago. It introduced two prototypes of rugged, box-like electric trucks: the B1 four-door model (shaped like a Jeep Wrangler), and the B2 longer with a pickup bed. As it attempts to create a complex vehicle manufacturing business, it is the latest EV startup to run into speed bumps .
Bollinger already delayed both vehicles so it shouldn’t surprise anyone. The trucks were originally scheduled to go into production in 2020, but that date was moved to late 2021, with the expectation of making several thousand by early 2022.
Now the vehicles will “postpone indefinitely” while the company shifts to an electric delivery van. Bollinger CEO Robert Bollinger stated in a statement. Customers who paid money to reserve B1 or B2 trucks will get their deposits back.
” The B1 and the B2 have been postponed indefinitely to allow us to focus on commercial development,” he stated. “These trucks are very dear to me, so I wouldn’t say never. I’d be happier if our commercial development allows us to one day return. However, there is no timetable for that .”
The Deliver-E electric van, which was announced in 2020, is slated to be built on a variable vehicle platform that allows for multiple battery sizes, such as 70 kWh, 105 kWh, 140 kWh, 175 kWh, and 210 kWh. Customers will be able to select from a wide range of prices and wheelbase options. Front-wheel-drive platforms will fit classes 2B, 3, 4 and 5.
Bollinger declined to affirm a starting date for the van’s production, noting that the company is still on the hunt for a manufacturing partner. He said that the Deliver-E van was his interpretation of what kind of body could be used on our electric platforms. We never planned to build that body, but we are now in discussions with upfitter partners that make van and truck bodies .”