Finally, there is an electric Ram truck — or at least a concept of one. Stellantis is the world’s fifth largest automaker, with over a dozen North American and European brands under its umbrella, including Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Maserati, and Fiat.
As part of Dare Forward 2030, the company has set extremely ambitious goals to drastically reduce its carbon footprint by the end of the decade, with 100% of its European sales and half of its US sales to be fully electric.
Stellantis has already teased us with an EV concept from Chrysler, revealed next year’s electric Jeep, and unveiled the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept on Thursday as part of that effort.
The Ram 1500 BEV will be available in 2024, alongside an as-yet-unnamed Jeep (with which it also shares a STLA EV frame). The Concept, which was unveiled on Thursday, will serve as a design template for the upcoming production vehicle.
Stellantis describes the exterior of the Ram BEV as “brutal,” a portmanteau of “brutal yet beautiful.” That prominent split between the cabin and quarter panels, in my opinion, just makes it look like an Autobot who hasn’t fully transformed yet.
Of course, as a concept vehicle, Ram has added as many bells and whistles as possible to the exterior, including “grand saloon style” doors, an animated RAM grille logo, and fully animated LED tail lamps and badging. To reduce weight and drag, the sideview mirrors are 3D-printed.
You’re absolutely correct. It has a frunk. And a powered tailgate, flush-mounted door handles, power side and rear steps, and why does your truck have to be so large that built-in step ladders are required?
So, how much gravel do you intend to haul in your luxury electric pickup truck? The one with the self-leveling suspension, the 24-inch rims, and the illuminated center caps.
The Ram will have dual-motor AWD and four-wheel steering with up to 15 degrees of articulation under the hood.
The battery size has not yet been revealed, but the company has confirmed that the system will use an 800V architecture, allowing it to add up to 100 miles of range in about 10 minutes on a 350 kW DC fast charger.
The interior of the Ram BEV Concept benefits greatly from its flat cabin floor. Ram’s “one space environment” theme emphasizes adaptability, with a rail attachment/floor track system that allows seats and consoles to be shifted and even removed entirely.
The concept vehicle also has third-row jump seats, similar to a minivan but with less utility. The Ram concept can fit 18-foot items with the passthrough window open and the rear liftgate not lowered. Yes, it has all the bells and whistles.
The center console of the Ram concept features two 14-inch screens. The upper screen can be shifted between three positions depending on the driving situation, or it can be removed entirely and reattached elsewhere in the vehicle.
The lower screen moves as well. A heads-up display projects relevant driving information onto the front windscreen. It has an exterior projector that also functions as an outdoor movie theater.
I pity the person who breaks the rearview mirror in this truck because it has “a smart backup camera with 360-degree views, speakers, and receivers compatible with voice assistants such as Alexa and Siri.” That will not be cheap to replace.
When it engages its ostensibly Level 3+ ADAS, the steering wheel collapses (a la Demolition Man). Remember, this is a concept vehicle, so they can make up any capabilities they want.
The steering wheel also has capacitive controls, and “tactile swiping technology allows occupants to configure the sun visors or the entire electrochromatic roof with the ability to adjust the opaqueness.” Why must some people sleep outside?
Because this is hell, we are in hell, and we deserve our incoming highway HALs, the BEV includes an AI assistant. Voice commands are accepted. With a 3D RAM avatar that, according to the press release, “serves as the vehicle’s face.”
To issue verbal commands, the driver does not even need to be in the vehicle. The BEV concept includes a dedicated subset of exterior controls such as “close the windows, play music, take a picture,” and “follow me,” which is essentially ghost whipping that has gotten past Stellantis’ legal department.
It “automatically follows the driver walking ahead of the vehicle” by combining voice commands, onboard sensors, and cameras. RAM claims that the feature “can be useful in situations where the driver needs to move a short distance and does not want to get back in the truck.” So, lazy blockheads, show us your best Jeremy Renner impersonation.