Bollinger Motors, a local electric truck company, has announced it has moved its headquarters from Ferndale as it continues to ramp up toward production.
The company is moving to a larger facility in Oak Park to accommodate company-wide personnel expansion.
“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” says Robert Bollinger, CEO. “We were bursting at the seams with new engineers, putting desks out in the shop at the old building. It was especially difficult to keep everyone more than six feet apart.”
The new facility is more than four times larger than the Ferndale shop. It will serve as the primary base of operations for the Bollinger team. The company estimates its current team of 40 will double in size by the end of the year as it works toward production on the all-electric B1 Sport Utility Truck and B2 Pickup Truck, as well as the B2 Chassis Cab variant and Chass-E.
Bollinger has operated out of the new space since Aug. 10.
The company was founded in 2015 and says it will manufacture the world’s first all-electric, on- and off-road trucks.
Bollinger previewed its B2 Pickup in October 2018, which offers a dual motor, hydropneumatic suspension, in-wheel portal gear hubs, a 120-kilowatt-hour battery pack, a front trunk space, and pass-through doors from the bed to the front truck space to transport long items.
The company’s first prototype, the two-door B1, was unveiled in 2017 and is displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
In September 2019, Bollinger revealed its four-door B1 Sport Utility Truck and B2 Pickup Truck at a launch event. The beta prototypes had 614 horsepower, 668 lb.-ft. of toque, and a top speed of 100 mph. In October 2019, Bollinger announced a suggested retail price of $125,000 for each of the two trucks.
In March, Bollinger debuted its patent-pending E-Chassis. It was built for commercial applications and is the same platform used in the B1 and B2. It will accommodate future models Bollinger develops.
In April, the company said it planned to produce and sell its B2 Chassis Cab. It is expected to be available to commercial outfitters in late 2021 in both full cab and cutaway-cab variants.
In June, Bollinger received a patent for its Passthrough and Frunkgate. The Passthrough is an opening that spans the length of the vehicle, allowing for the storage of long objects from the front to the back of the truck. The Frunkgate is a fold-down portion on the nose of the truck, similar to a tailgate, which allows cargo to be inserted through the front of the truck. The company also announced its B1 and B2 trucks would begin production in 2021. Production was previously slated to begin this year.
The company was founded in New York.