The first practical Electric Vehicle (EV) was invented by Thomas Davenport in 1837. Yes, Elon Musk is not the founder of EVs as some of you may think, the invention goes way back to 1800s even before the first gasoline car produced by Carl Benz in 1885. Ferdinand Porsche (founder of Porsche AG) and Thomas Edison (well…you know him!) shook hands in 1898 to built a hybrid electric car and in fact the very first car that Porsche launched – Lohner Porsche. Now the problem with EVs back then was the high cost and eventually the high price tag associated with it. When Henry Ford introduced the concept of assembly line, manufacturing of gasoline cars became so cheap that it eventually kicked the prevalent EVs out of business. Now don’t blame Mr. Ford for today’s Global Warming. Being good friends with Thomas Edison, he did show deep interest in EVs back then and here’s an excerpt of one of his interviews with New York Times – “Within a year, I hope, we shall begin the manufacture of an electric automobile. The fact is that Mr. Edison and I have been working for some years on an electric automobile which would be cheap and practicable“. Due to battery issues the car never came into production and thus ended the Saga of Electric Vehicles!
Centuries later, shaking hands with Lotus automobile company and AC propulsion (battery manufacturer), Martin Eberhard with his partner, brought the dead to life in 2008 with it’s first Electric Supercar – Tesla Roadster. Later, Elon Musk invested in the company and grew it to what it’s today. Since the launch of Tesla cars realization struck to all automobile manufacturers and currently almost every big player has dipped their hands in it. New startups like Thor Trucks, Weltmeister, Nio, Faraday Future and Lucid have already received funding in billions and are all set to change the future.
One such startup is Bollinger Motors. They have launched a 100% Electric Sports Utility Vehicle (rather Truck!) called Bollinger B1. It looks an amalgamation of Land Rover meets Mercedes G Wagon. The bold design looks beautiful and offers a lot of practicality. This All Wheel Drive (AWD) beast churns 360 Horse Power and 472 lb-ft of Torque (Land Rover Discovery offer 600 lb-ft). It offers two variants currently – 60 kWh or 100 kWh Energy Storage. For full spec sheet, visit their website www.bollingermotors.com.
They have already received orders for 12,000 units for which they are partnering with an automobile firm and are promising to deliver ‘Bollinger B1’ in a year or two. If prices are reasonable and the delivered product is of high quality, it will certainly be a tough competition for the existing EV players. I wish to see such innovations with more support because honestly at the moment, the future looks as dark as diesel emissions. I support green, do you?
Till Next Time!!
An IT Engineer working as a Consultant in one of the big four firms, Ernst and Young. Completed his executive MBA in general management from the Indian School of Business (ISB). Gadgets, Superheroes and Automobiles give me that kick which is required to sustain this monotonous corporate life. I am a huge fan of classic movies, geeky TV shows and random surfing of a website that was launched 12 years ago in 2005, Youtube!