Bollinger Motors based in Oak Park, which recently became a majority owned company of Mullen Automotive Inc., announced it has teamed up with Wabash, a truck body and trailer manufacturer, to develop a stronger, lighter, refrigerated truck body on an electric chassis.
Wabash has developed a lightweight composite solution called EcoNex Technology for use in truck bodies and trailers that will seamlessly integrate with Bollinger’s Class 4 electric chassis cab. Wabash’s EcoNex Technology is made from composite material that is more durable, lighter, and more thermally efficient than other commercial products.
“Wabash’s EcoNex composite technology reduces the amount of electricity needed to maintain cold temperatures,” says Mark Ehrlich, vice president of new business development at Wabash. “The all-electric truck we’re developing with Bollinger Motors will be highly efficient with more uptime and less charging compared to conventional construction.”
The collaboration offers weight savings due to Wabash’s lightweight EcoNex composite technology, electrification of customer fleets utilizing Bollinger’s all-electric chassis cab, increased total payload capacity due to lower overall truck weight, improvement in thermal efficiency compared to conventional design, overall cost savings due to weight savings and thermal efficiency.
“I’m excited to help ‘green up’ the journey from farm to table,” says Robert Bollinger, founder and CEO of Bollinger Motors. “We’re confident Wabash’s expertise in commercial transportation, combined with Bollinger’s leadership in Class 4 electrification, will deliver a superior product for customers looking to reduce their carbon footprints.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Bollinger Motors become a majority owned EV truck company of Mullen Automotive. This is Mullen’s first EV acquisition and will allow the company to expand into medium-duty truck classes 3-6, along with the B1 and B2 sport utility trucks.