The Ram brand has made it no secret as of late, that it will bring an all-electric half-ton pickup to market in 2024. Over the past month, Ram has released its new “Ram Revolution” program, which serves as a hub to provide consumers with a closer connection with the brand and its electric-vehicle (EV) philosophy, meaningful updates with unique visuals, content, and an ongoing dialogue that will include the opportunity to provide input as Ram EV trucks are developed. This includes vehicles beyond just the Ram 1500 BEV.
This morning, Stellantis held its “Drive Forward 2030” presentation and we were treated to another couple of teaser shots of what could be the design direction the Ram Design Studio in Auburn Hills, Michigan is looking to.
The new teaser shots give us a few more details of the original teaser shown during the announcement of the Ram Revolution program. This time we can see there is a new illuminated R-A-M emblem on the front of the vehicle with the font used on the Revolution website. There are more details shown with the daytime running lights (DRLs) appearing both above and below the headlamp design and a domed hood design.
The cab configuration is hard to tell from these shots. Looking at the door lines of the sketch, it almost looks like the truck features a Quad Cab (shorter rear doors) layout over the newer Crew Cab models.
However, looking at the rear teaser shot, we can see a lot more detail of the proposed truck. For one, it appears to have similar bed lines to the current Ram 1500 (DT). You can also see similar details for the pickup box sides as the original 2019 Ram 1500 sketches we showed you a few years ago. One important detail that the sketch shows us, is that the box will in fact be separate from the cab of the truck, unlike many of its electrified competitors.
It does appear when it comes to the rear lighting of the Ram 1500 BEV, it follows in the footsteps of the Ford F-150 Lightning with a lightbar that runs across the rear of the vehicle. Just before it meets in the middle of the tailgate, the illuminated R-A-M badge with that new front appears. The slight drop of the lights from where the taillamps will be set makes the slight shape of the “ram horns” from the current logo. A similar take of that shape is currently used on the upper part of the grille on the DT pickups.
Now, before everyone gets upset just remember, these could be just initial design sketches to throw everyone off or a teaser of the upcoming concept vehicle. Ram did state its intention of bringing a concept vehicle to show later this year, to gain feedback from potential customers and help the brand develop and fine-tune the 2024 Ram 1500 BEV to meet customers’ needs.
Because the Ram 1500 BEV will ride on the STLA Frame architecture, it will get the Stellantis EDM #3 module, capable of 330 kW of power output. Compared to the Ford F-150 Lightning, which has two separate EDMs putting out either 318 kW or 420 kW of power combined, the Ram 1500 BEV can easily have enough power output to surpass the Ford with a single EDM module.
While the new F-150 Lightning features two EDMs to provide four-wheel drive (4×4), Stellantis has said that the STLA Frame platform can handle up to three EDMs at one time. This means it could easily offer close to 1,000 kW of output, surpassing even GM’s tri-eMotor eAWD GMC Hummer EV pickup, which GM estimates will have over 1,000 horsepower.
Stellantis has promised that the new Ram 1500 BEV will have a capability of up to 500 miles of range. This again easily surpasses competitors’ claims, which have ranges more around the 300-mile mark. Stellantis has also said that its battery packs will feature fast charging capabilities (up to 150 kW) and have a class-leading fast charging capability of 20 miles per minute. That again seems to go to be true, as Ford states that the F-150 Lightning with the extended range battery can charge up to 54 miles in 10 minutes using a 150 kW DC Fast Charge.
We expect RAM to ditch the solid rear axle currently found under the Ram 1500 and switch over to the all-new Wagoneer’s independent rear suspension (IRS) system to allow for a remounted EDM or EDMs. This should provide the Ram 1500 BEV with the best on-road ride yet from the half-ton. On the downside, you can expect to lose some towing capacity as a result of the IRS. But Stellantis, says its new Ram 1500 BEV will feature best-in-class range, towing, payload, and charge time.