This story features independent artwork written by CarScoops artist Josh Byrnes based on RAM’s teasers and our own information. The views are not related to or endorsed by RAM.
The automotive industry’s ambition to electrify anything and everything is gaining incredible momentum, from small hatchbacks to sports cars and large trucks to SUVs. Even heavyweights like GM and Ford are going all out on battery-electric propulsion for their most popular nameplates with the Silverado EV and F-150 Lightning.
Not to be outdone, the RAM Trucks crew is hard at work with their assault on the battery electric market under the banner of ‘RAM Revolution’. Auburn Hill’s first dedicated EV truck will be the RAM 1500, which has already been previewed several times through shadowy teaser sketches. Curious what the final product will look like? Read on as we take an illustrative crystal ball look and discover everything else it has to offer.
Otherwise, well done
The one thing Ralph Gilles and his team at RAM Trucks do right is design – there are no levels of Cybertruck polarization with this truck’s styling. The front features an illuminated ‘RAM’ logo in a decorative panel instead of a traditional grille. Dual-bar DRLs help frame the LED headlights, and a contrasting hourglass graphic adds dynamism to the lower bumper.
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A steeply raked cab and rear pillars exude a futuristic aesthetic, as do the black inlays that run down the side sills and front fenders. The rear is as futuristic as the front, with a high bedside, full-width LED taillights and illuminated RAM lettering in red.
Under the skin
While little is known about the interior, chances are it will be one of the best in the business if the current 1500 Laramie and Jeep Grand Wagoneer are anything to go by. Expect big items like large infotainment screens, a digital instrument panel, heads-up display, over-the-air updates and Level 2+ semi-autonomous driving.
At the heart of the 1500 is the STLA frame architecture of the Stellantis group for large trucks and SUVs. The body-on-frame platform is large enough to accommodate battery packs from 159 kWh to 200 kWh, with the latter providing a range of 800 km.
With an 800 Volt EV architecture, DC fast charging should enable class-leading fast charging (provided you use a DC fast charger that works). Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-load (V2L) technology will power workplace equipment and even the family household in a blackout.
Power to stun
The 1500 BEV will initially be offered with electric motor outputs ranging from 201 hp (150 kW) to 443 hp (330 kW), with rear or all four wheel drive. Those wanting higher performance may be in luck with rumors suggesting an 885 hp (660 kW) twin motor variant is in the works, which is frankly completely insane for such a heavy, battery-loaded pick-up .
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In an intriguing move, Stellantis has also announced a REPB, which stands for Range Electric Paradigm Breaker. Think of it as a long-winded name for a range extender, though it’s still anyone’s guess what form this will take, with guesses ranging wildly from ICE to hydrogen burn.
Rivals and reveal
The RAM 1500 BEV will go head-to-head with the Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV/GMC Sierra twins, Hummer EV SUT and Tesla’s Cybertruck (when it finally arrives). Others include the smaller Rivian R1T and the upcoming Toyota Tacoma EV.
An official reveal is expected within the next 12 months as a model year 2024 entrant.
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