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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Electric sports car

Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.

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The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

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Electric vehicle features

The VW ID.4 sounds futuristic

The ID.4 is VW's first electric crossover in the U.S.

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The Volkswagen ID.4 is finally here. The electric crossover offers compelling features, decent all-electric range, and a reasonable price. On top of all that, Volkswagen focused heavily on the electric experience with the ID.4, down to the sounds it makes in everyday operation.

Where many automakers seek to humanize electric vehicles with familiar gas engine sounds, Volkswagen hasn't bothered with any of that. Instead, the automaker's ID.4 electric crossover features several sounds that embrace the EV's place in the future of transportation.

On startup, drivers are greeted with a sound that Volkswagen says will alert them that the vehicle is ready to go. It's not at all unlike the flying saucer sounds heard in sci-fi movies decades ago, but it's a nice reminder of the ID.4's future-forward drivetrain.



In motion, VW gave the ID.4 what is known as an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, which helps alert people to the presence of a moving electric vehicle. Since the drivetrain doesn't make the same noises that a gas engine does, EVs can move almost silently at low speeds, so it's important to have some kind of warning sound.

Even the turn signal sounds received scrutiny in the ID.4's design, and while they're still fairly traditional, the sounds are subtle and pleasing overall. Beyond that, VW says it developed a library of sounds for typical vehicle control buttons and other functions that are exclusive to its electric vehicles. The goal, according to the automaker, is that the sound aligns with the vehicles' character, visual design, and features, and that people will be able to recognize a VW EV by its unique sound.

The ID.4 is just the first of several EVs that Volkswagen plans to release here in the United States. Larger family vehicles are on the horizon, and we may even see an electric revival of the legendary VW bus.

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