Bollinger Motors, the Michigan-based startup known for its rugged electric SUV and pickup truck, unveiled Thursday a chassis designed for a Class 3 commercial vehicle that has the potential to expand its customer base.
The move reflects a broader trend among EV startups to at least consider commercial applications for its vehicles in an effort to generate more revenue in this capitally intensive business. Rivian, for instance, has struck a deal with Amazon to provide electric vans for the e-commerce company.
Now, Bollinger Motors is jumping in. The company's CEO Robert Bollinger said they saw potential for commercial applications when the company first built its B1 SUV.
"When we first built our Class 3 B1, we knew there was a commercial aspect to the platform," Bollinger said in a statement. "Not only cab-on-chassis, but entirely new truck bodies can fit on our E-Chassis, and help propel the world to all-electric that much faster."
This E-Chassis is the same platform shared with Bollinger's B1 SUV and the B2 Pickup. It will also accommodate future models and other trucks developed by Bollinger Motors, the company said. The E-Chassis can be customized to meet customer requests and will include 120 kWh battery pack or an optional 180 kWh battery pack, all-wheel drive, dual motor, portal gear hubs, hydraulic anti-lock power brakes and the ability to carry a 5,000-pound payload.
The E-Chassis will be built along its B1 and B2 vehicles and will be available to commercial customers in 2021, the company said.