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A Battery Powered Off-roader

Bollinger Motors unveiled its battery-powered truck B1 for environmentalists. Battery technology is improving, and electric off-roader has been raised a few times by various manufacturers. The nature of electric motors allows precise control of the torque being sent to each individual wheel. The battery is integrated into the lower sides of the chassis, stored in the middle of the ladder frame. That helps lower the center of gravity and improves handling. There are two options for the battery: 60 kWh or 100 kWh for a range of 193 and 322 km respectively. The 60 kWh battery takes 7 hours to charge from a normal wall socket and 45 minutes using a DC fast charger, 100kW – for 12 hours on a regular plug or 75 minutes with a fast charger.

The suspension is a self-leveling with hydro-pneumatic height control. The active anti-roll bars are engaged to deliver a stable ride on the highway, or disengaged on off-road. Braking comes of vented discs backed by a regenerative braking system pulling energy into the battery. The cabin of the B1 has space for four passengers. The rear load bay can be covered with a Wrangler-style roof section and fitted with two seats, or it can be left uncovered when you need to place some stuff.  The pass through is one of the most interesting design elements of the car, because there’s no engine or transmission, owners are able to pass long items from the boot, through the middle of the car. When a car is empty it has 268 kW of power and 640 Nm of torque on tap, for a 4.5 second sprint to 100 km/h.

Entertainment is provided by a basic radio system with Bluetooth, a radio, AUX inputs and an SD card slot. The battery charge gauge is an old-fashioned analog dial and there are 110V power outlets in the dashboard for camping gear or phone charging.

Source: Bollinger Motors

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