Bollinger Motors, the American EV start-up founded by Robert Bollinger in 2014, just announced that it will be pausing development of the B1 and B2 consumer EVs, which have been in development since 2015. Instead, Bollinger will be shifting gears to focus instead on the commercial automotive market.
The company first debuted the Bollinger B1 flagship model in 2018, and later revealed a pickup version called the Bollinger B2. In late 2020, Bollinger reportedly began taking reservations for the B2 model, with plans to begin production in 2021.
Robert Bollinger has since shared a statement on the unexpected pivot, noting that his company had started out making the B1 and B2 in 2015 with a dream to make the best trucks on the planet. “The off-road capable, all-wheel-drive B1 and B2 are powerful, innovative, and distinct. We’ve put countless hours of hard work and passion into making something we are all very proud of,” the founder shared.
“However, today we’re postponing their development and shifting our focus to commercial trucks and fleets. This is a vitally important move for us, because it enables us to continue the development of our technology, and to make a real impact in the green future of automotive.”
Robert went on to note that Bollinger plans to apply the knowledge and experience they’ve gained over the years to the realm of commercial development, and will make innovative trucks for Classes 3 through 6. He ended his letter with heartfelt gratitude, “Thank you for following us. Thank you for reserving a truck, for rooting for us; it means everything to me. Thank you so much for your support over the years. There’s so much more to come.”
The Bollinger website already reflects this brand shift to commercial EVs, and the company said it will refund all reservation deposits for its B1 and B2 EVs as well.