General Motors and Bollinger introduce new EV platforms


EV startup’s new platform now faces growing competition from large OEMs

Electric car platforms – ‘skateboards’ and their variants – have become an interesting topic of discussion in design and engineering circles in the past six months, as licensing and marketing have drawn even, and in some cases surpassed, the chatter about engineering advancements that have dominated the headlines in the past few years.

Bollinger, the Detroit-based electric truck startup, has decided to market its “E-chassis” skateboard to anyone who would like to purchase one (or a thousand) to use as a foundation for a Class 3 truck or other uses like an ambulance or perhaps a small fire engine.Bollinger’s latest move underscores the trend in the startup electric vehicle space: Develop an advanced electric vehicle chassis and license it to OEMs or other entities to develop electric vehicle fleets. It allows startup to maintain the cash they need to establish themselves in the market, while energising electric vehicle programs of more established automakers.

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