June 26, 2020: All Electric Workhorses.

Long-time readers will know that we have been enjoying the many benefits of owning an electric vehicle for almost five years now. For more recent subscribers, here is a link to some of the articles we written about our Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV.

Our PHEV, of course, is not a full Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) and can only go about 50km using just electricity, after that it runs as a hybrid (like a Prius but big and powerful enough to pull a trailer full of tools and building materials). This combination has worked well for us because we work from home we can plug it in during the day and charge it up using our excess solar power. The 50km range allows us to do most of our short, local trips using renewable energy which is great for us and good for the planet. But the Outlander PHEV is really a luxury vehicle with all of the modern bells and whistles, extremely smooth and quiet and is an incredibly sophisticated piece of machinery. Not exactly a workhorse.

For that I’d like to have a closer look at one of these…

The all-electric Bollinger B2

The all-electric Bollinger B2

A friend of mine from Montana sent me this link to the Bollinger website and, I have to say, if you were looking for a workhorse, you’d have to love their list of “features”:

ALL ELECTRIC

ALL WHEEL DRIVE

ALL ALUMINIUM

DUAL MOTOR

15″ GROUND CLEARANCE

Plus, they don’t mention it but the biggest joy I get out of my electric car is how quiet it is. Imagine being able to ease around a farm or go bush in one of these while hardly making a sound.
 
From their video it looks like a lot of the body panels are removable. Hopefully the rest just bolt on like the original Toyota Landcruisers. For about twenty years they made fantastically practical Landcruiser utes that all had identical body and chassis parts and all the body panels simply bolted on. Every farm and ranch in Australia had a few of them and, if one got damaged, you could simply swap bits off an old one. Totally simple and practical so, of course, they stopped making them like that.
 
If you seriously want a workhorse, you don’t need all the unnecessarily complicated luxuries that most utes and SUVs are full of these days (our PHEV and the new Landcruisers being two examples). Just a durable body, good clearance and a reliable motor (plus a heater if you’re in Montana). These Bollingers seem to tick all those boxes.
 
I don’t know if they’ll be available in Australia or how much they will cost but I like the general idea and I hope someone comes out with an all-electric passenger car that has similar simplicity, durability and practicality at a fair price.

3 comments to June 26, 2020: All Electric Workhorses.

  • Adam Scott-Young

    Yeh, these hybrids are incredibly efficient. I’m wondering, do you know what is the peak wattage the Outlander portable charger draws in a charge cycle? I’m off grid with a 1200w inverter and am wondering if I’d be able to charge one of these off my system…??

  • Mary

    Love the Bollinger. Sadly even the US pricetag of $125000 cuts me out. I see they do plan to roll out globally after getting established in the US, and they are planning right hand drive.

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