It has been a long time since Ram released a new truck. Most people agree,
pickup trucksare the next frontier for electric vehicles, and over the last couple of years, automakers have been lining up to announce the release of their debut electric trucks.
We’ve seen exciting previews for Tesla’s Cybertruck, Rivian’s R1T, and the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. Ford is already taking orders for its
F-150 Lighting, and Chevy’s electric Silverado is expected to start production in 2023.
The one exception to this new electric truck craze was
Ram. That all changed last week however, when CEO Mike Koval announced that Ram will be developing an electric pickup, the Ram 1500 EV.
What do we know about Ram’s electric pickup?
The teaser was short and thin on details, but we did get a sneak peek at the design. As reported by
Roadshow, the Ram 1500 EV will be a futuristic-looking truck, especially when compared to the fairly normal-looking F-150 Lighting.
Ram’s electric fleet will ride on a brand-new EV platform called the STLA Frame. Vehicles riding on this platform have a range of up to 500 miles, and battery packs range from 159 to 200-kilowatt hours. The frame is engineered by parent company Stellantis.
Ram CEO Mike Kouval promised up to 150kW fast charging and other tech to "push past what rivals introduced." This is a little puzzling, as this charging speed would be quite slow for a large truck in three years’ time.
Tesla is expected to offer at least 250kW for its Cybertruck, and GM has said that the Hummer EV would charge up to 350kW.
What else did Ram announce?
The new electric Ram pickup is being developed alongside a secretive project called the "Range Electric Paradigm Breaker" (REPB) truck. Kouval didn’t elaborate on what this means, but some fans suspect it is an electric midsize pickup.
Ram also announced that they will begin to experiment with fuel-cell commercial vans in late 2021, and plan to offer a "fully electrified solution in the majority of its segments by 2025."
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