Ram 1500 EV: What to Expect in the Coming Months and Years
At this point, all the leading pickup truck manufacturers have announced plans to release a fully electric model in the coming years. But none may be more impressive than the 2024 Ram 1500 EV.
Sure, Ford and GM will already have models on the market when the 1500 EV arrives. But if teasers and concepts are anything to go by, the Ram will be in a league of its own. Below, Mount Airy CDJRF talks details of the upcoming Ram 1500 EV!
The Ram Revolution
Last year, Stellantis announced it would be releasing a fully electric Ram 1500 in 2024. Since then, the company has given fans a few teasers, suggesting the design will depart from the gas-powered 1500. So far, however, it doesn’t appear that the Ram EV will be as extreme in appearance as the Tesla Cybertruck or Rivian R1T.
Recently, Ram started the “Ram Revolution” campaign through which it asks fans to help determine the features and priorities for the upcoming EV. The brand expects to regularly update enthusiasts about its electric truck philosophy on its website, including unique content and visuals. A Stellantis spokesperson described the campaign as “an ongoing dialogue that will include the opportunity to provide input as Ram EV trucks are developed.”
The most recent teaser renders the Ram 1500 EV with an overall rounded profile and side-body sculpting that seamlessly blends into the truck bed. The bed appears shielded by aerodynamic sides at the front.
What We Know About the Ram 1500 EV
The 2024 Ram 1500 EV will be the brand’s first fully-electric half-ton pickup. Ram plans to build the truck on the STLA Frame platform and include its standard all-wheel-drive system.
The automaker says the 1500 EV will be able to travel 500 miles on a charge and tow 10,000 or more pounds. Additionally, the brand has guaranteed autonomous driving capabilities and super-fast charging speeds of 150 kWh.
As mentioned, other automakers are releasing their EV trucks sooner. Ford will introduce the F-150 Lightning during the 2022 model year, and the 2023 Chevy Silverado EV will soon follow. Waiting until 2024 may give Ram an advantage because it can learn from its competitors’ missteps.
Towing and Payload
Ram is yet to announce specific numbers for the 1500 EV’s towing capabilities. And it hasn’t mentioned anything about payload capacity. The automaker has promised fans that the fully electric pickup truck will pull more than each of its competitors. Since the official towing capacity of the F-150 Lightning is 10,000 lbs, we can anticipate the Ram 1500 to be more than that.
Range and Charging
We do not have any concrete details about the battery size or charging times of the 2024 Ram 1500. However, the brand has claimed the half-ton pickup will offer a 500-mile driving range. Considering the F-150 Lightning is estimated to travel for no longer than 300 miles per charge, that’s quite impressive. Furthermore, the Ram EV will come with a DC fast charger that can supposedly charge the battery at 150 kWh.
Ram has not released official pricing for the all-electric 1500, nor has it hinted at what trim levels it will offer. We don’t know much about standard and optional equipment either. With that said, many experts estimate that the Ford F-150 Lightning will come out the gate at about $42,000 MSRP and increase slightly over the next several years. We anticipate the 2024 Ram 1500 EV to start at around $45,000 MSRP based on our limited information.
The Range Extender
The Ram 1500 EV’s driving range (500 miles) will be much longer than its rivals. But there’s another feature that will give drivers even more mileage on a charge: a range extender. No other EV trucks currently offer a range extender as an option (though Ford has patented a removable version).
The device is essentially a combustible engine that recharges the pickup’s battery. Since towing can dramatically impact efficiency and range, the Ram’s range extender could be desirable for drivers who regularly pull heavy items.
Automakers produce more all-electric models each year, but the half-ton trucks slated to hit the market might be the most exciting. After all, who doesn’t want a powerful pickup with all the advantages of an EV?
Judging by the limited information available, we expect the 2024 Ram 1500 EV to blow people’s minds. Remember to join the Ram Revolution if you would like to contribute ideas to the truck’s development. And if you would like to see our wide selection of Rams, Jeeps, Chryslers, and other models, visit Mount Airy CDJRF’s website!