This week saw the announcement of the world’s first all-electric sport utility truck (SUT). But it didn’t come from Tesla or any of the major car manufactures. It’s called the B1 and it’s made by Bollinger Motors, a small startup in upstate New York.
The company says the B1’s large 100 kWh battery will have the potential for a 200 mile range, just under Tesla’s 215 mile-per-charge estimate for the much smaller Model 3. A smaller 60 kWh battery could give future B1 owners 120 miles per charge, which is still well beyond the Workhorse hybrid truck’s 80 mile all-electric range. That’s a ton of juice for a big, badass work truck.
Featuring two electric motors, one at each axle, the new Bollinger B1 promises a total output of 360 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of twist. Electricity is stored in either a 60 kWh or 100 kwh battery. The 60 kWh unit offers up to 120 miles and 200 miles for the larger unit.
Bollinger says B1 deliveries are scheduled to start within 19 months with the direct-to-consumer sales model. Those interested for the first early wave of 2018 models can place a deposit of $1,000.