Ram has revealed it Concept 1500 Revolution BEV at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The concept previews the 2024 production Ram 1500 BEV that will be on display “in the coming months”.
It will compete with vehicles including the Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV, GMC Hummer EV, GMC Sierra EV, Rivian R1T and Tesla Cybertruck.
The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV concept is based on the Stellantis Frame body-on-frame architecture and is powered by dual-electric motor setup with all-wheel drive capability.
It has an 800V electrical architecture that Ram says can fast DC charge at speeds of up to 350kW. A claimed range of 161km can be added in 10 minutes of charging.
The brand didn’t detail any power, torque or range figures for the concept but said it was designed to accommodate larger-capacity electric motors, meaning it has the potential for high-performance applications in the future.
Ram previously said vehicles on the STLA Frame Architecture will feature 159kW to 200kWh batteries and offer a range of up to 800km.
The platform can support electric motors offering power between 150kW and 330kW, which could mean a 660kW dual-motor powertrain is on the menu.
The concept features four-wheel steering with up to 15 degrees of articulation. This is designed to make the pickup feel more manageable at low speeds and more responsive at high speeds.
It also features adjustable air suspension with self-leveling capabilities and three different modes – in/out, aero and off-road.
Design-wise, the Ram 1500 BEV concept is a futuristic take on the traditional 1500 pickup truck.
Up front is an animated Ram badge with signature “tuning fork” LED headlight lighting, skid plates and rotating tow hooks. There is also a powerful frunk that has a one-touch open and close function.
Around the sides are 24-inch tires wrapped in 35-inch tires, “big saloon-style” opening doors, flush door handles, digital side mirrors, a power charger door and power side steps.
There’s also the recognizable RamBox storage compartment in the rear quarter panel that’s larger than current Ram pickup models.
At the rear there are animated LED taillights and badging, powered rear steps, powered split tailgate and an active rear diffuser.
Inside the rear tub is a powered glass center door that allows objects up to 18 feet long (~5.5 meters) to be loaded with the rear door closed. There is even a path into frunk.
Both the frunk and rear tabs have a Ram Track rail attachment system as well.
The 1500 Revolution BEV concept has a cabin that is four inches (~10cm) longer than the current production model, which adds more interior space, although the tub remains the same length.
One major highlight is that the concept features third-row jump seats that can be placed in the rear tub using the Ram Track system.
All seats have integrated seat belts, grab handles and speakers. They also have the ability to fold flat and have long lying, working and conference modes.
In the middle of the dash there are two 14.2-inch screens that measure 28 inches. The bottom screen has three positions, and the top screen can slide on the Ram rail attachment system.
There is also an augmented reality head-up display, a reversing camera with an integrated surround view camera, a retractable steering wheel, ambient lighting, an external projector and a panoramic glass roof with electrochromatic panels and integrated roof rails.
The interior features a number of sustainable materials including Greyslate Nanostate veneer, apple leather and floors made of recycled rubber and cork.
The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV concept comes with Level 3+ autonomous driving that when active retracts the steering wheel. It also interacts with the head-up and seat displays to provide “next-level situational awareness to the driver”.
Regarding the possibility of a production vehicle for the Australian launch, a spokesperson for local Ram distributor Ateco said in April last year that it was “working with our colleagues at Ram Trucks in the US, and is monitoring a number of vehicles suitable for the Australian market.”.
In addition to the full-size electric pickup, Ram said it also plans a “mid-size,” closer to the footprint of the Ford Ranger.
This will be based on the STLA Large architecture, which will also underpin the Jeep Recon and Wagooner S and the production Dodge Charger Daytona SRT, among others.
Ram has previously said it aims to offer electric vehicles (EVs) in the majority of competing segments by 2025, with a full range of electric models to be offered by 2030.
The promise of a full range of EVs by 2030 suggests Ram is not only working on the aforementioned mid-size and full electric pickups, but also EV counterparts to the rest of the model line.
In addition to the 1500, Ram also sells the heavier 2500 and 3500 pickups and the ProMaster, a rebadged version of the Fiat Ducato van. All of these vehicles are sold locally, although the Ducato retains its Fiat badge in Australia.
The Ducato is already available with an electric powertrain in Europe, and Ram has confirmed it will introduce it in North America in 2023.
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