Bollinger Set to Build the First Electric Dually
All-new chassis facilitates building commercial electric trucks.
In the last few years, electric-vehicle manufacturers have made steady inroads in their development of light- and medium-duty trucks, with several companies recently announcing and debuting new pickup variants.
Bollinger Motors of Oak Park, Michigan, maker of the B1 SUV and B2 pickup, takes its truck program another step forward with the announcement of a dual-rear-wheel rig, founded on the company's new B2 CHASS-E (rolling frame-only/$57,000) and CHASS-E cab (cab-and-chassis/$72,000), and powered by 105 to 140 kWh battery packs.
Like its single-rear-wheel predecessors, Bollinger's new dually is also designed from a "clean sheet of paper," company officials say, and it facilitates building medium-duty electric trucks that can be configured to support several different consumer and commercial uses.
The CHASS-E platform also supports building heavy-duty Class 7 (33,000-pound maximum GVWR) trucks, with 402 kWh of energy-storage capability.
The light-duty trucks category includes commercial truck classes 1, 2, and 3.
Class 1: This class of truck has a GVWR of 0-6,000 pounds.
Class 2: This class of truck has a GVWR of 6,001-10,000 pounds.
Class 3: This class of truck has a GVWR of 10,001-14,000 pounds.
The medium-duty trucks category includes commercial truck classes 4, 5, and 6.
Class 4: This class of truck has a GVWR of 14,001-16,000 pounds.
Class 5: This class of truck has a GVWR of 16,001-19,500 pounds.
Class 6: This class of truck has a GVWR of 19,501-26,000 pounds
The heavy-duty trucks category includes commercial truck classes 7 and 8. Drivers of vehicles in these classes are required to have a Class B commercial driving license (CDL) to operate the vehicle.
Class 7: This class of truck has a GVWR of 26,001 to 33,000 pounds.
Class 8: This class of truck has a GVWR of greater than 33,001 pounds and includes all tractor-trailers.