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Commercial Bollinger EVs use batteries from Michigan’s ONE

Bollinger Motors will source battery packs for its commercial electric vehicles from Michigan-based startup Our Next Energy (ONE), Bollinger announced Thursday in a press release.

Bollinger plans to use ONE’s Aries line, which includes cell-to-pack technology and a modular design that allows multiple packs to be linked together, as an obvious alternative to module exclusive package that Bollinger reveals in 2021.

Bryan Chambers, COO of Bollinger Motors, said in a statement: “Ceasing our in-house battery development and partnering with ONE is mutually beneficial in both technological advancement and manufacturing logistics.” Bryan Chambers, COO of Bollinger Motors, said. “We’re not only improving product quality, but we’re also pushing the fleet’s delivery date closer.”

Bollinger B2 . Frame Cabin

Bollinger B2 . Frame Cabin

The Bollinger is now slated to begin production in late 2023 with a Class 4 chassis cabin that can be configured with one or two packages. This is followed by a Class 5 platform for walking vans. The company also plans to offer Class 6 vehicles, possibly after the introduction of Class 4 and Class 5 models.

Implementation was delayed slightly, as Bollinger said in March 2021 that it would deliver the first cars in 2022. At the time, Bollinger also said that their chassis will start at $55,000 and offers battery packs up to 402 kWh. Some of that may also change with recent Bollinger sold to Mullen Automotive.

Bollinger B2 . Frame Cabin

Bollinger B2 . Frame Cabin

Either way, Bollinger’s electric vehicles may qualify for generous commercial truck offers through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). It includes a credit up to $7,500 for commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than 14,000 pounds and credit up to $40,000 for larger vehicles such as pickup trucks and garbage trucks.

Meanwhile, ONE also plans to demonstrate a package of chemical mixes that could push the BMW iX to 600 miles range. That technology is called Gemini and will arrive in 2026, the company says, leveraging anode-free chemistry alongside LFP cells.

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