Everything You Need to Know About Ram Electric Cars

Ram has plans to release its 1500 EV for the 2024 model year. Here are all the details!
Written by Sarah Gray
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Jun 1, 2022
Ram’s
new all-electric
1500 pickup
is planned for inclusion in the 2024 model lineup—but rumors of electric heavy-duty Rams and an electric
Dakota
replacement are already circulating.
It’s no secret that Ram is well behind the times when it comes to adding electric vehicles (EVs) to their lineup. That’s why Ram enthusiasts were excited when the badge released plans for a Ram EV truck earlier this year. Now, excitement continues to mount as Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares fuels the rumor mill with whispers of additional Ram EVs to be added to the make’s garage.
While the Ram 1500 EV’s 2024 release is confirmed, other plans for electrification are still pretty hazy.
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Does Ram have electric cars?

Not yet, but they’re on the way. Ram has confirmed plans to release an electric Ram 1500 and has also teased plans for heavy-duty EV pickups and a mid-sized electric replacement for the long-discontinued Dakota.

How do Ram’s electric cars compare to competitors?

Stellantis executives claim the Ram 1500 EV and other planned EVs for the Ram lineup will dominate the segment, but with no concepts or production vehicles to support these claims, there’s not much to go on.

Driving range and charging time

Again, we don’t know for sure yet, but claims suggest that both the driving range and charging time will be far superior to competing models. But if that’s the case, Ram will need to increase the fast-charging rate. 
While 150kWh competes with current Lightning and Silverado EVs,
Tesla
is already charging at 250kWh while
GM
has reached 350kWh. In two years, 150kWh is likely to be as laughable as dial-up speeds now are for fiber users.
Another planned innovation for Ram electric trucks is to offer their heavy-duty models with optional fuel cells as opposed to battery-electric. A benefit of this would be the potential for a four-minute charge up, but the lack of hydrogen infrastructure compared to electric charging stations makes this a less-desirable and less-sustainable option at present.
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Performance

This is another area for speculation. Ram execs claim the new 1500 EV will outperform all its competitors, but there’s no way, yet, for us to measure this. Plus, while teaser specs tout potential record-breaking range, towing and payload capacity, and charging time, none have said much about horsepower, torque, or acceleration speeds.

Cost of ownership

The electric Ram 1500’s price is estimated to start around $45,000, which is competitive with the F-150 Lightning’s $41,759 and the Silverado’s estimated $42,000 starting price.
While EVs typically have lower fuel and maintenance costs than their gas-powered cousins, we can’t truly calculate the potential costs of ownership without more available figures. As an EV, the 2024 Ram 1500 EV should be eligible for the same
electric car incentives
as other hybrids and electric cars that can lead to federal tax credits of up to $7,500!

How to decide if going electric is right for you

Especially when it comes to pickup trucks, going electric can be a tough decision. Here are a few things to ask yourself before you make an electric-truck investment:
  • How do you plan to charge your truck? Sure, your new EV can be charged anywhere you have access to electricity. Even if you plan to do most of your charging at home, you’ll need to consider how easy (or difficult) it’s going to be to plug in your ride each night and when you’re on the road. Charging station locator technologies are only helpful if there are public chargers around.
  • Speaking of charging, where will you set up your home charging station? Can your EV be charged with a regular outlet? Sure. But it takes much longer than charging with a Level 1 or Level 2 station. That means it would be best if you have access to a garage.
  • How often and how much will you be towing or hauling? Granted, just because you’re buying a truck that doesn't necessarily mean you’ll be towing stuff on the regular, but if you do, your driving range is going to be seriously reduced. 
  • How many miles do you drive in a day? Ram claims its new 1500 EV will have a range of up to 500 miles per charge, but current competitors come in with ranges between 230 and 320 miles. Either way, if you regularly drive fewer than the max miles in your range, then an EV might be a good fit for you.
  • How often do you have to drive further than your truck’s max range? Truck owners use their vehicles for a variety of tasks, and sometimes those tasks include hauling trailers over long distances. Especially if you live in a more rural area, charging could be a challenge if you’re regularly traveling past your range.
There are a lot of benefits to be had with an EV, but the higher upfront costs and often-complicated charging logistics can bar some potential buyers. 

Ram’s electric future

The Ram 1500 EV is just the tip of Ram’s EV iceberg. Earlier this month, Stellantis announced plans to pour $2.8 billion into various facilities to ramp up electrification plans. These funds are in addition to a $4.1 billion investment in the Stellantis-LG Energy Solutions EV lithium-ion battery plant.  
In addition to the already-confirmed Ram 1500 EV, Ram also has rumored plans for Heavy-Duty EVs. The planned Dakota replacement may also be an EV, but reports suggest it will more likely be a hybrid or plug-in hybrid

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