Thursday September 29, 2022

Bollinger chooses a manufacturing supplier to build its electric commercial vehicles

Bollinger, an electric vehicle startup, said it has chosen its manufacturing supplier to build its next delivery van. Detroit auto supplier Roush will be used by the company to assemble its all-electric platforms and chassis for commercial vehicles. Bollinger states that it will source and provide all materials for Roush. Roush will then assemble the platforms, chassis and cabs at its Livonia, Michigan facility, 20 miles from Bollinger’s Oak Park headquarters.
Bollinger Motors founder and CEO Robert Bollinger stated, “We will be building state of the-art vehicles starting from day one right here at Michigan.” “Roush has a long history of engineering and assembly, and we are excited to partner with them to provide exceptional electric vehicles for our commercial fleet customers.”
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Bollinger was a pioneer in the electric truck market several years ago when he introduced two prototypes of a pair very rugged looking, box-like, rugged trucks: the four-door B1 which is shaped like a Jeep Wrangler and the B2 which is longer and has an extended pickup bed. Bollinger later put off plans to produce electric trucks to concentrate on commercial delivery vans. This is the latest EV startup that has run into problems as it attempts to create a complex vehicle manufacturing business.
Roush could partner with Bollinger to improve its status. Bollinger is currently in the category startups with interesting prototypes but no concrete plans for making them a reality. Roush has been working with automakers for more than 30 years. He also helped to build Google’s “Firefly”, an autonomous prototype car, and Nuro’s driverless delivery robotics.
Bollinger’s Deliver E electric van was announced in 2020. It will be built on a variable platform that allows for multiple batteries, including 70kWh, 105kWh and 140kWh. Customers will have a wide range of options, prices, and wheelbase options to choose from. The front-wheel drive platform will fit into Classes 2B, 3, 4 and 5.
The company previously declined to confirm a production start date for the van, citing the need for a manufacturing partner. A spokesperson did not immediately respond when asked about when manufacturing will start.

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