Bollinger, an electric vehicle startup, said it has chosen its manufacturing supplier to build its upcoming van. The company will use Detroit auto supplier Roush as a contract manufacturer to assemble its line of all-electric platforms and chassis cabs for commercial vehicles.
Bollinger says it will “procure and supply all materials” for Roush, who will then assemble the platforms and chassis at its factory in Livonia, Michigan, located 20 miles from Bollinger’s Oak Park headquarters.
“From day one, we build state-of-the-art vehicles here in Michigan,” said Robert Bollinger, founder and CEO of Bollinger Motors. “Roush has a significant history of engineering and assembly and we are excited to partner with them to bring exceptional electric vehicles to our commercial fleet customers.”
Bollinger hit the scene a few years ago with some very cool-looking, rugged, box-like electric truck prototypes: the four-door B1 (which is shaped like a Jeep Wrangler) and the B2 (which is longer and has a pull-out bed). The company later postponed its plans for electric truck production to focus on commercial vans. It’s the latest EV startup hitting speed bumps as it tries to build a complex car manufacturing company from scratch.
Partnering with Roush could help improve Bollinger’s stature, who is currently languishing in the category of startups with intriguing prototypes but no concrete plans to turn them into reality. In addition to working with established automakers for more than 30 years, Roush also helped build Google’s now-retired “Firefly” autonomous prototype cars and Nuro’s driverless delivery robots.
Bollinger’s Deliver-E electric van, announced in 2020, will be built on a variable vehicle platform that allows for multiple battery sizes such as 70kWh, 105kWh, 140kWh, 175kWh and 210kWh. This means customers have a variety of range options, prices and wheelbase sizes to choose from. The front-wheel drive platform is being designed to fit Classes 2B, 3, 4 and 5.
The company previously declined to confirm a production start date for the van, citing the search for a production partner. A spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions about when production will begin.