Bollinger B1 Electric Brick Testing on Track Could Cause a Hurricane

Bollinger B1 test day 1 photo
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Out of the many things you'll never hear being said about the Bollinger B1, the fact that it's the least aerodynamic vehicle ever made is probably the truest.
We've seen the B1 for a while now, and we still haven't gotten around its Minecraft design. It's probably why we like it so much as well, but that doesn't change the fact that every time this thing moves, a very large chunk of air is pushed aside violently. Could we have stumbled upon the cause of all these hurricanes hitting the U.S.? We're pretty sure a certain Mr. Trump would love to blame it on an electric vehicle.

It's not just the styling that makes the Bollinger B1 a ridiculous proposition in today's market. You see, the SUV's width is more than half its length, a feat only matched by the smart fortwo and other similarly sized pocket cars. The Bollinger, however, stands at 73.5" in height (186 cm), 76.5" in width (194 cm) and a very round 150" in length (381 cm), so it's not exactly tiny.

It's not Hummer H1-big either, but that doesn't stop it from being extremely purposeful. With its rear seats out - which promises to be a pretty simple operation - the B1 gets 95 cubic feet of storage space (2,690 liters) plus a 14 cubic feet frunk (396 liters) that larger than most hatchbacks' trunk.

It also has a tunnel-like storage space that runs the entire length of the vehicle thanks to the batteries being tucked away under the floor and the electric motors sitting on the two axles. As you can see in one of the clips below, that's ideal for many things, including a nap.

The B1 is expected to come with 60 and 100 kWh battery packs for maximum ranges of 120 and 200 miles (193 and 322 km), depending on the choice. The SUV/pickup is marketed as the first electric off-road vehicle, and yet we haven't seen it leave the asphalt yet. The manufacturer is probably well aware that despite its unquestionable abilities over rough terrain, most people will still use it on public roads, so its first filmed testing session takes place on a track.

If you like what you see, then know that Bollinger will start taking $1,000 deposits after the turn of the year, with the first B1s expected to hit their customers (not literally, since that would leave a mark) in February 2019. A longer, four-door version previewed by a design sketch is expected to follow shortly.

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