Buyout curiosity in Oak Park-based electrical truck startup Bollinger presents battle

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Buyout interest in Oak Park-based electric truck startup Bollinger presents conflict


Bollinger studied industrial design at Carnegie Mellon and stated he tried to get into automotive design however couldn’t discover a job. He wound up in advertising and promoting, working for the Deutsch company. He later obtained a job within the early days of John Masters Organics as chief advertising officer for the corporate’s hair-care merchandise. When it bought to a distributor in 2016, he cashed out and began a grass-fed beef farm in upstate New York.

That’s when Bollinger obtained the bug to make his personal electrical truck. He didn’t like the way in which his Chevrolet pickup drove. With four-wheel-drive engaged, it didn’t steer properly. He stated it additionally had solely about 10 inches of floor clearance, making off-road driving on his farm precarious. So long as he was rethinking vans, they could as properly be inexperienced.

“The automobile corporations have all been making vans the identical means for 100 years,” he stated. “My concept was to have a look at this and ask, ‘How can we make this higher?’”

The B2 has another methods, like space for storing that begins within the trunk within the entrance finish and tunnels all the way in which to the pickup mattress. That permits the automobile to hold 16-foot boards with out something hanging off the top. On its web site, Bollinger Motors stated the truck may have the equal of 614 horsepower and go at the least 200 miles on a cost whereas towing 7,500 kilos. Basic Motors Co. has stated its Hummer EV will go greater than 300 miles on a cost.

Bollinger says the true enterprise will likely be in business vans. That’s why he developed the Chass-E, an electrical chassis that may very well be used to construct electrical Class 3 freight vans. Class 3 vans are giant supply vans and may haul as a lot as 14,000 kilos.

The Chass-E appears to be like like a rugged, black metal skateboard that business patrons may use for a variety of automobiles, Bollinger stated. Mining corporations are all for it as a result of it has excessive floor clearance. The corporate is also growing an electrical supply van, the Ship-E, to focus on prospects like Amazon.com Inc., FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc.

“The B1 and B2 will likely be area of interest merchandise,” stated Sam Abuelsamid, principal analysis analyst with Guidehouse Insights, a analysis firm. “If they’ll get prospects for the chassis, they’ll construct a enterprise round that. There’s a variety of curiosity in going electrical for supply vans, field vans and armored automobiles.”

There’s competitors. Plymouth-based Rivian Automotive Inc., backed by Amazon and Ford Motor Co., incorporates an identical skateboard chassis that has a number of potential functions. If Bollinger Motors will get its automobiles to market, it will likely be up towards a well-funded startup in addition to Ford and GM, which have plans for electrical business automobiles, Abuelsamid stated. And there are the opposite startups chasing the identical market.

With the race on to develop an electrical truck, Bollinger might have to maneuver quick. The SPACs, he stated, are “not off the desk, however now we have to be cautious about how we increase cash. I gained’t say no to it if it raises all the cash we want.”



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