Published on April 13th, 2017 | by James Ayre0
Bollinger Motors Unveils Chassis For Electric Sport Utility Truck
The electric truck startup Bollinger Motors has now revealed some basic information (and images) of the chassis structure that will be used for its all-electric sport utility truck, a few months ahead of the planned unveiling of the truck in New York (sometime this summer).
The chassis to be used is apparently made entirely of aluminum, paired with a high-strength, low-alloy steel rollover structure. The chassis design is, unsurprisingly, pretty light as a result — weighing only 295 pounds (~134 kilograms).
Gas2 provides more: “Bollinger Motors, located in New York, revealed images this week of the chassis structure for its electric on- and off-road sport utility truck. The chassis is made from aluminum chassis and weighs only 295 pounds. It incorporates a high-strength-steel rollover structure. Designed for optimal off road operation, it has a wheelbase of 105 inches and a track of 68 inches. The approach angle is 56 degrees, the departure angle is 53 degrees, and the breakover angle is given as 33 degrees.
“The Bollinger chassis has a ride height of 15.5 inches but will be adjustable using a self-leveling, fully independent, hydro-pneumatic suspension with 10 inches of wheel travel. The A-arms are made of high-strength steel and are attached to the frame using durable polyurethane bushings. Good news for off-roaders includes anti-roll bars that can be disconnected to allow traction-enhancing, full-suspension articulation.”
The Chief Engineer at Bollinger Motors, Karl Hacken, commented on the design as well: “We utilized the area between the chassis rails, below the driver and passenger, to house our battery storage system and located the high-voltage electronics in the center of the chassis below the floor level. This gives the vehicle a very low center of gravity which makes for unmatched on and off-road stability. We also designed the hydraulically-assisted steering rack in-house to allow us to fine tune the driving dynamics to our exact specifications.”
As noted above, the full reveal of the company’s truck is expected to take place sometime this summer … so, only a few months from now. While the product sounds like it’ll be pretty interesting, it’s still a bit hard to tell at this point how serious the startup/ company is.