S kateboard platforms are one of the big topics in the world Car industry. The young electric car startups in particular are driving things forward, for example manufacturers such as Canoo, Rivian and Toyota's commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino. Behind it are chassis, in which the complete drive train and everything that is needed for an electric car is already integrated. To put it bluntly, all that remains is to put on a body and the vehicle is ready.
Electric platform for light commercial vehicles
Bollinger Motors has also developed such a skateboard architecture as the for its own models B1 (an SUV) and B2 (its pickup counterpart). From 2021, the company, which is based near Detroit, also wants to make the platform available to other manufacturers. These are supposed to be based on so-called class 3 commercial vehicles - called light duty trucks in America. Accordingly, vehicles with a payload of around 2.3 tons and a gross vehicle weight of 4.5 to 6.4 tons.
'Not only the driver's cab on the chassis, but also completely new truck bodies can fit on our electric chassis,' says company boss Robert Bollinger. The platform is largely flexible and allows not only different wheelbases, but also different battery variants. A 120-kilowatt-hour battery is installed as standard; a 180-kilowatt-hour battery is optional. However, two motors - one in the front, one in the rear - are mandatory. The power and torque values of the B1 /B2 should apply: 623PS and a maximum of 906 Newton meters. For both models, which are not exactly streamlined, Bollinger specifies a range of 322 kilometers (with a 120 kilowatt-hour battery).
Everything you need is pre-installed
ABS, traction and stability control are also included pre-installed like hydraulic power steering and the hydropneumatic, self-balancing chassis with independent suspension. The same applies to the power electronics and monitoring, thermal management and the on-board charger. The drive is basically all four wheels, but can also be limited to the front or rear axle, if desired.