Take a bow, Bollinger motors.
We can’t really guffaw and chortle at the thought of an electric 4WD any more. The progression of technology means cars will soon be all electric; and although 4WDs will take a bit longer to get there, they will get there at some stage.
Courtesy of a small team of engineers and designers bankrolled by a skincare entrepreneur turned cattle farmer, we have this awesome looking creation: The Bollinger B1.
Firstly, it looks like a 4X4. Very square, flat sides, good tyres and plenty of ground clearance. This is starting to look good. Delve into the details, and things only get better. Ground clearance gets up to a whopping 390mm, with 56º approach, 33º rampover and 53º departure angles. This is thanks to portal axles and hydro-pneumatic suspension, which is able to adjust its height like airbags. There’s high and low-range gearing, a 12,000-pound winch and a locking diff at both ends.
Power comes from either a 60kWh or 100kWh battery bank, which powers two separate electric motors – one for the front axle, and one for the rear. Depending on your choice of battery bank, you’ll have either a 200 or 300-kilometre range from one charge (with either 7 or 12 hours to recharge).