Robert graduated from Carnegie Mellon with an Industrial Design degree. After graduation he moved to New York City and worked in the top advertising agencies. In 2006, he left that career to work with a friend on an organic hair and skincare business. Having successfully grown and sold that business, he left NYC for the bucolic Catskills and co-started a grass-fed cattle farm. Seeing the need for a better truck, that could handle farm duties as well as tackle off-road fun, he returned to his childhood dream of designing vehicles and started Bollinger Motors. When not in the shop, he's probably working in the fields.
Karl is the only import currently on the team, hailing from the great state of Wisconsin. Having grown up in an automotive and racing centered family, it was a natural fit for him to pursue an engineering career. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin, he began working in the performance automotive aftermarket industry, culminating as Vice President for one of the largest suspension suppliers in the market. While his time in the aftermarket industry was fruitful, gaining multiple patents, industry awards, media recognition, and race wins, he had a desire to develop more than just parts of vehicles. This desire drove the creation of many on and off road vehicles as “spare” time projects and his work at Bollinger Motors is a continuation of that desire to build purposeful vehicles to the highest standards. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, as well as going fast in/on anything with wheels.
John is a mechanical engineer who left the big 3 to work on an automobile project that not only allows him to play a larger role in vehicle design, but represents a quantum leap in sustainable transport and New York State vehicle manufacturing heritage. Originally from the Capital District, John graduated from RPI in Troy in 2011 and has worked as a manufacturing engineer for a railroad machine tool company and a test engineer in a hydrogen fuel cell lab prior to joining the team. Aside from designing the vehicle thermal management system for Bollinger’s debut vehicle, he enjoys tinkering with old BMWs, motorsports/drifting, mountain biking, traveling, and photography.
Before he learned to walk, CJ’s parents took him to the local mud drag races where he gained an appreciation for mechanics and craftsmanship. He started getting his hands dirty in elementary school. When he asked his dad how to study for a test on Ancient Greece, he told him to go out in the garage and repack the wheel bearings on an old bicycle. It was this kind of upbringing that got him hooked on learning to modify anything that moved. Before long he had designed and built everything from drag racing motorcycles made with parts he machined on his grandfather’s lathe to lightweight CVT’s for Baja SAE race cars. He is a recent graduate of RIT, where he was an active leader and machinist on their Baja SAE racing team. He has worked for a variety of small startup companies across the country, but feels most at home in the Northeast. When he isn’t designing gears and shafts, you’ll find him wrenching on his vintage dirt track motorbikes, making chips, driving his old K-car to swap meets or collecting can koozies.
Luc joined Bollinger Motors with more than 9 years of experience with electric vehicles. He started his engineering career as lead battery management system (BMS) engineer at Li-ion Motors, where he quickly rose to management position. He was in charge of R&D projects as well as electrical and software engineering. One of his successes was leading his team to win the Progressive Automotive X-Prize $2.5 million side-by-side category. Luc was in charge of planning and executing all technical aspects, including the system designs and optimizations of the winning vehicle. He moved on to join Coda Automotive’s battery team as BMS integration manager where he validated and improved their battery and vehicle systems. He left Coda and started an automotive consulting company that helps startups with EV from concept to production. Luc felt the need to extend his expertise beyond pure EV and stationary storage and joined Fisker Automotive to work on a PHEV sports car, the Fisker Karma. He returned to consulting to help companies wanting to accelerate their product development for EVs and energy storage applications. Luc adds additional depth to our team with specific focus on battery system and vehicle system architecture.
Ross is a young British designer who spent 4 years on the famous Coventry University automotive design course. Having been given the chance to work for Hyster and Yale creating conceptual trucks during his course time, he then moved to Turin Italy straight out of University. There he grew his craft and after returning to the UK jumped at the chance to work on a new electric vehicle with Bollinger Motors. His biggest influencers are designers such as Bertone and Michelotti. Because of this his work has a representative mix of old style mixed with a new and modern design language, always looking to create something original and distinctive.
Prior to joining Bollinger Motors, Holland served in various MarComm positions at companies including General Motors, Suzuki, Toyota, Jaguar-Land Rover and Electra Meccanica, where he launched numerous high-profile vehicles and vehicle technologies. He has a diverse background serving in various capacities throughout his career that also includes time directing strategic promotional efforts for the launch of the world’s largest solar plant and developing a crisis management process for FinTech company, Experian. While in automotive, he also held several key senior management positions in functional areas such as Product Development, Design, Engineering, Powertrain and the Performance Division. Holland earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in advertising and marketing from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Baker College Center for Graduate Studies. He is a married father of one currently residing in Southern California and enjoys off-roading, golfing, softball and motorcycle riding.
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