Bollinger, a startup for electric vehicles, said it had chosen its manufacturing supplier to build its upcoming delivery van. The company will use Detroit car dealer Roush as the contractor to assemble its line of all-electric platforms and chassis cabs for commercial vehicles.
Bollinger says he will “deliver and provide all the materials” for Roush, who will then assemble the platforms and chassis at his facility in Livonia, Michigan, 20 miles from Bollinger’s Oak Park headquarters.
“We will be building state-of-the-art vehicles from day one right here in Michigan,” said Robert Bollinger, founder and CEO of Bollinger Motors. “Roush has a significant engineering and installation history and we are excited to work with them to provide our customers with exclusive electric vehicles.”
Bollinger exploded on stage a few years ago with a pair of very cool-looking, sturdy, box-like prototypes of electric trucks: the B1 with four doors (which is shaped like a Jeep Wrangler) and the B2 (which is longer and has a pickup bed). The company later postponed plans to produce electric trucks to focus on commercial delivery vans. It is the latest electric car company to face speed bumps as it tries to build a complex business to build vehicles from scratch.
The partnership with Roush could help improve the status of Bollinger, which is currently in the category of startups with intriguing prototypes, but has no specific plans to make them a reality. In addition to working with established car manufacturers for more than 30 years, Roush has also helped build Google’s already retired autonomous prototype Firefly prototypes and Nuro driverless delivery robots.
The Bollinger Deliver-E electric van, which was announced in 2020, is expected to be built on a variable vehicle platform that allows multiple battery sizes, such as 70kWh, 105kWh, 140kWh, 175kWh and 210kWh. This will mean that customers will have a variety of range, price and wheelbase options to choose from. The front-wheel drive platform will be designed to comply with classes 2B, 3, 4 and 5.
The company previously declined to confirm a start date for the van’s production, citing a search for a manufacturing partner. A spokesman did not immediately answer questions about when the proceedings would begin.