The all-electric 2021 Bollinger B2 looks primitive but puts traditional pickup trucks on notice thanks to its impressive capacities and incredible versatility. The upcoming pickup is essentially a stretched version of the upstart brand's B1 SUV with a cargo bed out back. Bollinger says the B2's dual electric motors combine for 614 horsepower and 688 lb-ft of torque, which help it tow up to 7500 pounds and carry a payload up to 5001 pounds. Its battery supports fast-charging capability and is estimated to provide a driving range of 200 miles. The B2 also boasts foldable and removable body panels that imitate the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Gladiator, and unlock unrivaled flexibility.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Bollinger hasn't announced the official price of the B2, but we'd wager a bet that it'll begin at about $60,000. The company also has posted a waiting list that requires no money down for anyone who wants to reserve a B2 before it actually goes on sale.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Every B2 features all-wheel drive made possible by two electric motors, one mounted at the front and the other mounted at the rear. Together they generate 614 horsepower and 668 lb-ft of torque; Bollinger claims they will propel the B2 from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and enable an estimated top speed of 100 mph. Bollinger also says the pickup truck will have a two-speed transfer case with high and low ranges for added off-road capability. Likewise, the B2 is said to have variable ground clearance that ranges from 10 to 20 inches. The electric pickup also has a maximum tow capacity of 7500 pounds and a max payload of 5001 pounds.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Bollinger supplies its pickup truck with a 120-kWh battery pack that is expected to deliver an EPA-rated driving range of 200 miles. The company claims the battery can be replenished in 10 hours using a 220-volt outlet, but it's also compatible with DC fast-charging that'll reduce that time to 75 minutes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Although Bollinger estimates that the B2 pickup will earn 70 MPGe, the EPA hasn't announced actual fuel-economy figures.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Versatility triumphs over comfort in the Bollinger B2 pickup truck. One of its most defining features is a hollowed-out interior that allows an item up to 16 feet long pass through its center. The cabin also has a fold-away rear wall—yes, much like the "Midgate" on the original Chevy Avalanche—that opens it up and extends the 5-foot-9-inch cargo bed by more than two feet. Much like the aforementioned Jeep products, the B2 has removable body panels that include the doors, windows, roof panels, and windshield. Don't expect an impressive list of standard and optional features since the highlight is air conditioning and heated seats.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The list of infotainment and connectivity features is short and unremarkable. Along with standard Bluetooth, the B2 offers six 110-volt outlets and an unspecified audio system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Since the B2 pickup will be a Class 3 work truck, it bypasses certain government regulations that require airbags and crash-testing. Likewise, Bollinger's short list of cutting-edge features mean the B2 more than likely will have few—if any—driver-assistance technology.