Stellantis’s Ram truck brand lags the competition in launching an electric pickup truck, with trucks from major rivals already on the market or coming soon.
But Stellanti CEO Carlos Tavares has said the company is using its time to come up with features and capabilities competitors don’t want. It may include an additional row of removable folding seats.
The Ram 1500 Revolution concept truck, unveiled Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, offers an early look at several features Ram’s future electric truck may have, including a rear passenger cabin wall that folds away, leaving the truck’s cab completely open into the vehicle. cargo bed. It’s not a new idea, as General Motors’ Chevrolet and GMC electric trucks coming to market later this year and early next will offer a collapsible cab wall; The Chevrolet Avalanche gas-powered truck also offered it over a decade ago.
What the Revolution concept also has, however, are “third-row jump seats” that can be folded out from the rear wall while the second row of seats can be pushed forward to make room. Having three rows of seats is possible because, without the need for a gas engine, the Revolution’s cab is extra long. The seats can also be removed, said Ralph Gilles, Stellanti’s design manager, so they can be used outside the truck or in the tailgate cargo bed.
Space under the hood is available for storage, and there is a pass-through hole that can be opened through the cab and into the front “frunk” or trunk. Thanks to that grommet and the fold-down cab wall, a bar or board as long as 18 feet can be loaded into the truck.
Stellantis promises that the production version of the truck, due out in 2024, will lead the market in terms of range, towing capacity, payload capacity and charging speed. While Stellantis didn’t make any specific claims for this concept truck in terms of range or performance, Stellantis said the truck would be able to charge 100 miles of range in 10 minutes. It’s fairly standard for vehicles that can work with fast chargers, but the actual charging time varies greatly depending on factors such as outside temperature and the capacity of the charger.
Since it is a concept vehicle, it is likely that not all the features shown on this truck will be included in the production version. The concept car has doors that open outwards from the middle without a pillar in the middle. While it’s a common design feature on concept cars—it makes the interior easier to see—it’s almost never used in production vehicles that need the structural strength that this pillar provides.
The Ram 1500 Revolution concept has two electric motors, one driving the rear wheels and one for the front, giving it all-wheel drive. It’s the most common way to offer four-wheel drive in electric vehicles, but some trucks, like the Rivian R1T, use four motors, one driving each wheel. The Ram Revolution is designed to accommodate larger, more powerful engines for high-performance versions of the truck, according to Stellantis.
Some automakers already have electric trucks on the market, such as the Rivian R1T and the Ford F-150 Lightning; others like General Motors have revealed production-ready trucks to hit the market in early 2024. Even Tesla is expected to finally start production of its Cybertruck by the end of 2023 after years of delays.
The electric Ram truck won’t go on sale until sometime in 2024. Stellantis promised that the production version of the electric Ram truck would be unveiled “in the coming months.”
Once just one model of truck produced under the Dodge brand, Ram was spun off as its own brand in 2009. The truck line can trace its roots back to Graham Brothers Trucks, a company that began making trucks with Dodge engines and transmissions in 1921 and was later purchased by Dodge.