Electric Vehicles

Bollinger unveils its patent-pending E-Chassis, world’s first Class 3 electric platform

The new E-Chassicsraises the bar for the company, which has yet to produce a production model of its promised SUV and truck.

Photo courtesy of Bollinger Motors

There's been a lot of talk about electrified and all-electric light-duty trucks. Bollinger is furthering that discussion with the announcement of its patent-pending E-Chassis. It's the world's first Class 3 electric platform, designed. primarily for commercial use. Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on November 18, 2019.

The U.S. Department of Transportation rates trucks based on their Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). A truck's GVWR is determined by calculating the maximum operating weight a truck can carry while driving and adding it to the weight of the truck itself. GVWRs are determined by automakers in partnership with the DOT and not by owners themselves.

Bollinger Motors E-Chassis Bollingner's E-Chassis is said to be able to be customized to the buyer's needs.Photo courtesy of Bollinger Motors

The DOT assigns ranges of ratings a value from one to eight. Vehicles with smaller digit values have a lower rating. Class 3 vehicles have a 10,001-14,000-pound GVWR. These traditionally include box, city delivery, walk-in, and heavy-duty trucks.

"When we first built our Class 3 B1, we knew there was a commercial aspect to the platform," says CEO Robert Bollinger. "Not only cab-on-chassis, but entirely new truck bodies can fit on our E-Chassis, and help propel the world to all-electric that much faster."

The E-Chassis is the same platform shared with the B1 Sport Utility Truck and the B2 Pickup, and it will accommodate future models and other trucks developed by Bollinger Motors. The company is still perfecting its B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck.

Features of the patent-pending Bollinger Motors E-Chassis include:

  • 120 kWh battery pack
  • All-wheel drive
  • All-terrain capabilities
  • Dual motor
  • Portal gear hubs
  • 5000-lb. payload
  • Ultra-low center of gravity
  • Easily adjustable to fit various wheelbases
  • Hydraulic anti-lock power brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hydraulic power steering
  • Hydro-pneumatic self-leveling suspension
  • Independent front and rear suspension
  • 5-15 kw on-board charger/inverter
  • Complete power system controls, configurable to given vehicle application
  • Integrated thermal-management system

Bollinger says that the chassis is fully customizable and can be configured in front- or rear-wheel drive configurations in addition to all-wheel drive as well as up to a 180 kWh battery pack.

The E-Chassis will be manufactured alongside the B1 and B2 trucks and made available for commercial use in 2021. An electric-powered Ford Transit will be coming for the 2022 model year. The Transit currently has GVWR of Class 2 or 3 depending on configuration. It is not yet known which class the Transit EV will slot into.

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The Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup truck is moving closer to production.

Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

The Lordstown Endurance isn’t under production yet, but the company is already receiving orders for the all-electric pickup truck - 40,000 of them. The model is targeted at commercial fleet vehicle buyers like city governments and large corporate entities that require the capability of a full-size truck.

Each pre-order is a non-binding agreement to purchase the truck, the same as the reservations received by Ford for the Mustang Mach-E and Tesla for the Cybertruck. The purchases equal $2 billion in revenue for the company, which is based in Lordstown, Ohio.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The design of the interior of the Endurance is crisp and modern.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstrown has kicked up the cadence of its news releases as the company moves closer to production. In June, the company debuted the truck and announced its $52,000 price point.

July marked the release of the first renderings of the interior of the Endurance and the debut of the first commercial starring the truck. Then, in August, Lordstown announced that they had entered into an agreement with DiamondPeak Holdings to become a publicly traded company.

Lordstown Motors is operating out of the former General Motors Lordstown Assembly site. The new company has its plant next to the battery facility that General Motors is developing to assist with the products coming to market in the future, like the Cadillac Lyriq.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The large screen combines most vital functions of the car’s command center into one place.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Now, the company as revealed its first pictures of the interior of the truck. Notably, the Endurance has its large screen spanning the width of the driver and center console, housing most all vital functional controls of the vehicle.

Reservations for the truck continue to be taken via the company’s website.

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The first all-electric Karma Automotive model is set to debut next year.

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Karma Automotive is promising to debut its first all-electric car in 2021. To understand how we got here, it's important to look back a decade.

Fisker Automotive was founded by heralded car designer Henrik Fisker in 2007. For a brief moment in history, it produced the Fisker Karma, one of the world's first production luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The first Karma was delivered in 2011 but by 2014, the company was staring down liquidation.

That year, Fisker Automotive's Karma vehicle design, tooling, and manufacturing facility were purchased by Wanxiang Group, the largest China-based automotive components company by revenue. Henrik Fisker retried the Fisker trademarks and rights to the Fisker brand. He went on to launch Fisker Inc., a separate company that has big plans for all-electric vehicles, in 2016. Wanxiang Group renamed its vehicle company Karma Automotive.

And now here we are.

Karma Automotive has released an image of the GS as a teaser.

Karma Automotive says that the 2021 debut will be the first public step in a full line, which includes electrification options and leans on technological advancements to set itself apart. The GS Series model will be Karma's first-ever battery electric luxury sedan.

The new models will retain much of the same design as the Revero.

"We are pleased to announce that Karma will now offer our first all-electric vehicle next year as part of the GS series," said Dr. Lance Zhou, Karma's CEO. "Cost reductions in the BOM, streamlining our supply chain and standardized production methods also allowed for a new, more attainable pricing structure for the GS lineup allowing for higher market penetration, opening up the market to a larger group of entry level luxury buyers."

Though its looks, range, pricing, and options aren't yet public knowledge, customers can currently reserve their model at http://www.karmaautomotive.com/reserve. All reservations require a fully-refundable $100 deposit.

For years Chinese brands have been looking to break into the U.S. market without much success. Though there are a growing number of Karma dealerships in the U.S., sales of the vehicles are few and far between.

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