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Bollinger Motors B1 prototype is a dirt-slinging, dust-churning EV sport utility truck

This is what happens when off-road enthusiasts get their nerd on.

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Emme Hall

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I love 2-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, 7-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.

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You might think that electric drivetrains are just for the car world, but Bollinger Motors is out to change all that with an all-electric sport utility truck, the B1. We got a glimpse of it this week and yes, it's impressive.

It combines the range of a Tesla with the off-road prowess of a Land Rover Defender. Massive ground clearance, aggressive tires and darn-near ridiculous approach and departure angles mean that the B1, on paper at least, is one badass mudder trucker.

The B1 supports CHAdeMO high-speed charging and will be available with a 60 kWh battery good for 120 miles of range or a 100 kWh battery that can stay on the trails for 200 miles. The dual electric motors put out the equivalent of 360 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of instant torque, all the better for scrambling up and over those desert obstacles. 

The company plans on building a four-door variant with a slightly longer wheelbase once the two-door B1 goes into production engineering. It also aims to have a pickup truck as well, with an 8-foot bed and the option of a regular or king cab. 

Bollinger B1 electric SUV is like a cartoon version of a Land Rover Defender

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Of course, one working prototype built by hand in a small shop in upstate New York does not a production vehicle make. The goal is 10,000-20,000 units with a first delivery sometime in 2019, but Bollinger still needs to find a manufacturing partner to help it reach those numbers.

Bollinger B1

Let's get off that easy dirt road and go find some rocks!

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And while 200 miles of range is nothing to sneeze at, it's still a tough sell for many hard-core off-roaders, who often drive over a hundred miles just to get to their preferred wheeling spot. It's easy to carry extra gas to get you through a trail, extra electricity not so much. 

Still, the B1 would be an interesting addition to the EV market and I personally am pretty excited about it. If Bollinger wants someone to take the beastly B1 to the dunes, I volunteer.