The Ram Revolution electric pickup: what to expect

Now in its fifth generation, the Ram 1500 pickup was originally born as the Dodge Ram in 1981. It made the name change in 2010 and continued as an average full-size pickup until it was treated to a full makeover for model year 2019, earning accolades the brand had not seen before. In terms of sales numbers, the three major truck manufacturers battle for customer dominance, with the Ford F-150 handily leading the market, leaving the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 in a relatively distant second and third place.

In that order, the automakers released their versions of all-electric pickups. Ford launched its F-150 Lightning EV last year, and Chevy plans to start selling its Silverado next year for model year 2023. Meanwhile, Ram is hyped its version of a full-size electric truck, aiming to launch the Ram Revolution Concept in January to be revealed 5 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares will take the stage for the keynote.

What we know so far

One of the first questions pickup trucks ask is how much the vehicle can tow and pull. Ram hasn’t yet definitively answered that question, but CEO Mike Koval enthusiastically set the bar high, saying the revolution would move beyond its competitors’ “core attributes” like dragging and dropping. Considering that the F-150 Lightning claims a 10,000-pound towing capacity and the Silverado EV has matching numbers advertised, it’s almost a certainty that Ram is shooting to beat that.

As for other automakers, Tesla says its Cybertruck will tow up to 14,000 pounds, but after three years with no Cybertruck on the road, it’s hard to muster the energy to buy in.

Rivian is the current outlier with its R1T offering an estimated 11,000 pounds of towing capacity. At first glance, the R1T appears to be significantly more expensive than the Lightning or Silverado EV, with a starting price of $67,500. Ford put together a similar strategy for its F-150 Lightning, starting at just under $54,000 and rising to nearly $83,000 with the longer-range battery that improves both towing and the distance between full charges. And while the Silverado EV costs $42,000 for its Work Truck variant, that’s a stripped-down model that won’t appeal to many; the cost is estimated at $75,000 for the well-equipped LTZ trim.

As for range, Ram says the Revolution will get 500 miles on a full charge, which is more than the Lightning (230-320 estimated miles), the Silverado EV (up to 400 miles), and the Rivian R1T (314 miles). Tesla claims the Cybertruck will have a range of 500 miles, but imaginary trucks can’t travel very far.

Where it can stand out

A new clay model teaser video appears to show a two-door, single-cab truck, which differs from the Lightning, Silverado EV, Hummer EV pickup, Cybertruck, and R1T, which are all four-door vehicles. However, spy photographers captured images of the revolution mocked with a crew cab and long bed, suggesting that the Ram 1500 BEV (battery electric vehicle) may be available in a variety of body styles, such as the gas-powered version.

Stellantis reporting specialists Mopar Insiders took the spy photos and the reporter developed some assumptions based on what the photos show. Referring to Stellantis’ EV Day 2021 event, Mopar Insiders recalled a claim that vehicles built on the new EV-ready frame architecture will feature individual electric drive modules (EMDs) capable of delivering 330 kilowatts (443 hp) each and that each frame can accommodate up to three of those modules. Since the Lightning uses two EDMs and the GMC Hummer EV also uses three, Insiders believes a three-motor Ram Revolution can generate up to 990 kilowatts or more than 1,320 horsepower. (That is a lot.)

In addition, Koval said the revolution will be enhanced by a petrol or diesel range extender. You can think of a gas range extender as the exact opposite of a hybrid, harnessing the power of an electric motor to increase initial torque. Ram has experience with hybrids, having launched its eTorque mild hybrid system on the Ram 1500 in 2019. Ram’s eTorque replaces the traditional alternator and adds more functionality for a quieter ride, better fuel economy, and better pulling and pulling power.

The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, has become a popular platform for technology and vehicle reveals; in fact, GM CEO Mary Barra unveiled the Chevrolet Silverado EV at the 2021 event. While Ram leaves the Silverado a year behind, that may not be a detriment to the Stellantis brand since all-electric trucks are still such a new entity . Truck buyers are still skeptical about the number of trailers and range when it comes to EVs, and adoption will take more time. Hopefully, by the time the revolution arrives at dealers in 2024, the market (and the beleaguered supply chain, which has struggled to make the necessary chips that power the electronic systems) will be ready.

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