Bollinger Motors has a contract manufacturer of commercial electric trucks: Rausch Industries.
The companies announced Monday that the Russians will integrate the Class 3 Bollinger lineup with Class 6 electric trucks at a scalable facility in Livonia, Michigan. Arrangements will include platforms and chassis cabs and Bollinger will supply equipment to Raush.
Bollinger electric truck – Class 3 to Class 6
The relationship unfortunately does not include the much-anticipated B1 electric SUV and B2 electric pickup. Both models were suspended indefinitely in January, with deposits being returned as the company moved toward larger commercial electric trucks to survive.
In 2020, Bollinger began exploring the possibility of a B2 chassis cab – for a variety of things like tow trucks, public works vehicles and ambulances. In March 2021, it unveiled more of its Chass-E and Chass-E cab models, with a starting price of $ 55,000, a battery pack of up to 402 kwh and a 14-kwh “export power” plan.
Bollinger Class 6-7 battery layout
Prior to that decision, Bollinger noted that it had narrowed down the list of potential production partners for B1 and B2.
In the EV sector, startup Canoo, which has shifted its EV assembly plan in recent months, has partnered with Roush to assist in the initial low volume production and durability testing of beta vehicles. Other partners mentioned on Roush’s own site include Google and Polaris.
Bollinger credits Rausch’s track record for working with both startups and established OEMs, noting that it will help startups meet its quality and production goals. It said it would work with Roush in pre-production vehicles and validation tests, but did not give an exact timeline for the first delivery.