Bollinger, a Michigan-based startup, introduced at present that it was suspending its plans to manufacture electric trucks so as to focus on industrial delivery vans.
Bollinger burst onto the scene a number of years in the past with a pair of rugged, box-like electric truck prototypes: the four-door B1 (which is formed like a Jeep Wrangler) and the B2 (which is longer and has a pickup mattress). It’s the newest EV startup to run into pace bumps because it makes an attempt to construct a sophisticated automobile manufacturing enterprise from scratch.
Bollinger has already delayed each autos, so their postponement could not come as an enormous shock to shut watchers. The trucks had been initially scheduled to go into manufacturing in 2020, however that date was moved to late 2021, with the expectation of constructing a number of thousand by early 2022.
Now, the autos might be “postponed indefinitely” as the corporate shifts focus to an electric delivery van, Bollinger CEO Robert Bollinger mentioned in an announcement. The firm will refund deposits for these prospects who beforehand put cash down to reserve the B1 and B2 trucks.
“The B1 and B2 are postponed indefinitely, in order to concentrate on commercial development,” he mentioned. “As these trucks are dear to my heart, I’d never say never. If our continued development in commercial allows us to someday return, there’d be no one happier than me. But there’s no timeline for that.”
The Deliver-E electric van, which was introduced in 2020, is slated to be constructed on a variable automobile platform that permits for a number of battery sizes, resembling 70 kWh, 105 kWh, 140 kWh, 175 kWh, and 210 kWh. This will imply prospects could have a wide range of vary choices, costs, and wheelbase sizes to select from. The front-wheel-drive platform might be engineered to match Classes 2B, 3, 4, and 5.
Bollinger declined to affirm a beginning date for the van’s manufacturing, noting that the corporate remains to be on the hunt for a producing associate. “The Deliver-E van was our interpretation of the kind of body that could be put on our electric platforms,” he mentioned. “We never intended on building that body ourselves, but we are in talks with upfitter partners now that manufacture truck and van bodies.”
If it will definitely graduates from idea to manufacturing, the Deliver-E could have a number of competitors. General Motors is already transport electric vans underneath its BrightDrop model to prospects like FedEx and Walmart. Mercedes-Benz has a number of fashions on the street, and Ford plans to go into manufacturing this yr on its electrified E-Transit van.
Amazon, which has a fleet of tens of hundreds of combustion-engine vans making up its huge delivery operation, has ordered 100,000 electric vans from EV startup Rivian (which it’s also closely invested in) and is planning on shopping for EVs from Stellantis as nicely.