Bollinger Showcases The Electric B1’s Off-Road Prowess

Keen to prove that its all-electric B1 SUV is more than just a showpiece, Bollinger has commenced off-road testing of the vehicle, recently taking it to a number of testing areas in Colorado and Utah.

The first of the videos shows the B1 climbing up the Engineer Pass in Colorado, forcing the vehicle across rocks and through water crossings. For mild off-roading like this, the B1 seems surprisingly at home, despite being the brand’s first attempt at a production vehicle.

As for the other two videos, they show the B1 testing in Utah, climbing a hill in Moab and sliding around on sand dunes.

Powering the B1 is an electric motor delivering 360 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle will then be sold with either a 60 kWh or 100 kWh battery pack with ranges varying between 120 and 200 miles.

Since the vehicle’s debut in July, the company claims to have received over 10,000 reservations.


  • Bash

    Fine, that was hardly an off roading, Nothing that a Suzuki Gemini can’t do.

    • SteersUright

      Or any slightly raised up crossover. Truly nothing amazing in this video.

      • Bash

        So true.

  • Nick099

    There are so many aspects to this article.
    But two that immediately come to mind;

    On is the “PT Barnum Syndrome” that seemingly all car sites fall prey to; that is just because they see a prototype undergoing first testing…all of sudden it is a success…both conceptually and business wise. Of course nothing could be further from the truth. Electric car companies come and go as fast as the old kit car companies did in the 80’s and 90’s. A prototype means nothing and quite possibly could have been built in someone’s garage. By Bollinger’s own site, that is possibly true. They have only existed for 3 years.

    The obvious question; where is there a charging station for the electric batteries in the wilderness? After all this is an “off-road” vehicle is it not? Most places it is hard enough to find fuel, let alone a charging station. Conceptually, there are some difficulties here without even getting to the engineering. But it’s upstate NY…a economically impoverished area, and I am sure Bollinger will qualify for lots of no string grants.

    • Status

      Where are the gas stations for ICE’s in the wilderness?

      The difference here is that the infrastructure for EV is already well established in North America at over 100 years old. Wherever the electrical grid terminates (home, commercial, industrial, institutional), there is a place for an EV charging plug, even if that part of the grid terminates in wilderness.

      If you’re wondering why in-home gas stations never really took off, it might have something to with it’s infrastructure costs.

      • Nick099

        C’mon! Far many more gas stations in surrounding areas. You actually want to dispute that?

        And NO, the infrastructure for EV does not exist. Perhaps you should research some more andthen you might discover that most of the grid is antiquated and would take “trillions” with a “T” to modernize if everyone had an EV.
        See how that works? Nothing happens in a vacuum and all is interrelated.

        • Status

          Do you have one of these in you house? Then the infrasture does exist.

          I think there are far more breaker boxes than gas stations out in rural areas. Are you sure you want to dispute that?

          Perhaps you should do some research, or rather, open your breaker panel.

          • spambox

            Putting a 120v breaker box at the bottom of a 100,000 volt transmission line in the middle of the wilderness is what the problem is. No power company is going to spend 250 grand to build a substation for that.

          • Status

            No one said the had to. I mean, you’re not going to find a gas station under that transmission line either, and they most certainly cost more than $250K to set up, run, and pay taxes, worker wages, and maintenance.

            If you’re in the middle of the wilderness, and you’re running low on either battery power or gas, what do you think you’re more likely to find when you reach a paved road that leads back into town? I can guarantee you won’t likely find a gas station, but if that road is lit with streetlights, it wouldn’t take $250K to make a substation nearby if a feed can be taken from that streetlight.

            Furthermore, even if that street isn’t lit, if there’s a house nearby, the 220a services that can serve a neighbourhood can be even easier to step down to charge an EV with a pole-mounted substation.

            Finally, if you have a camp out in that wilderness and you have any semblance of competence, can simply plug in a 220 breaker into the panel and run a 220 line out to an exterior weather protected outlet.

            And all 3 of the above examples still wouldn’t cost as much as a gas station to build or operate.

    • SteersUright

      Also, in very cold climates current battery tech drains very quickly and greatly reduces range. I wonder how they circumvent this nature of batteries to prevent sudden discharge and stranding of owners of this electric “jeep”. FCA has billions of dollars, there’s a reason there are tons of EV cars on the market and there isn’t an EV Jeep yet. Perhaps a hybrid or Range-Extender type ICE addition would make sense.

      • Nick099

        Good point. I was reading some postings by Tesla owners in the Northeast about battery power loss…roughly 45-50% of the charge. According to the forum, Tesla seems to recommend “preheating” the car to a minimum of 71 degrees before venturing out in the cold. Not sure what the details are, but superficially my house is 68 degrees, I can only imagine what it costs to heat my garage in winter to 71 degrees.

        • spambox

          And my thinking is the battery would tend to cool down when exposed to cold temperatures, just guessing. And so what happens when you use 75% of the charge on a drive after leaving your heated garage and parking at your destination to come out and find your battery is dead because the parking lot didnt have “heated garages”. Duh.

    • Marty

      I agree on the prototype part.

      But were there is a gas station, there is electricity.
      Actually, you will probably find more places with electricity and no gas than the opposite.

  • Marty

    Doesn’t it look a bit stiff?

    • donald seymour

      Man, no angulation at all.

  • Dennis James

    If anything, this video shows that the car looks like an off-roarder, but the suspension is not an off-roader one.

  • wait a minute

    looks like it’s been designed on a draughtsman board. Pass me a set square and the straight line ruler.

  • Mind Synthetic

    aww look they took it through some puddles and gravel roads at 10kmh

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