Cleveland, Ohio – Bollinger Motors, one of the many electric vehicle (EV) producers jumping into the electric pickup market, plans to produce an EV cargo van by 2022, saying such models are perfectly suited to electric duty cycles.
The Deliver-E van uses a front-wheel drive (FWD) platform and under-the-floor battery packs to create a cavernous cargo space behind the front seats. EV manufacturers have long looked to cargo fleets and early adopters because of such design capabilities.
In addition, vans used for delivery leave their depots fully loaded with cargo and with full battery loads. As they make deliveries (often in stop-start traffic where regenerative brakes can extend battery range), the load gets lighter, reducing demand on the electric powertrain. Refuse collection, on the other hand, is a worst-case duty cycle in which vehicles get heavier throughout a shift, returning back to their bases in a state that taxes batteries the most.
“We took our extensive Class 3 electrification knowledge and applied it to the delivery sector,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our Deliver-E van gives commercial fleets the power to go green and save on ownership costs, while neighborhoods will benefit from a reduction in air and noise pollution.”
As with Ford Transit, Ram Promaster, and Mercedes Sprinter vans, the Deliver-E will be available in different wheelbases, lengths, and heights. Buyers will also have the choice of batteries ranging from 70kWh to 210kWh, although the largest batteries might not be available on the smallest vans. Tailoring van layouts to meet specific needs is standard practice in commercial vehicles, and fleet managers will have the option of balancing range and price with cargo capacity and internal layout by opting for different batteries.
Bollinger has not released pricing or specifications on the van, but it’s B2 pickup due out next year is the most expensive upcoming EV in that space at $125,000. The company plans to contract a manufacturing partner to make the van, starting in 2022.
About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and Today's eMobility and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 19 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.