Lawrence Ulrich / IEEE Spectrum Transportation »

A gasoline engine up front, a transmission in the middle, and a fuel tank in back: For decades, that’s the way most automobiles were designed.

Electricity has changed that equation. And the Bollinger B1 sport-utility and B2 pickup are among the new electric vehicles (EVs) that show car designers are taking full advantage of the freedoms afforded by electric propulsion.

The result is unprecedented cargo-carrying versatility: The cargo beds of most “full-size” pickup trucks are just 1.8 meters (or 6 feet) long, with the longest beds limited to 2.4 m. But the Bollinger B2 can swallow cargo up to 4.9 meters long—lumber, ladders, poles, gutters, whatever—that extends from the truck’s blunt nose all the way to the back of its tailgate.

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