RAM is planning to introduce its first electric truck in 2024. The so-called RAM 1500 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) will help lead the way for a broader push toward electrification for the Stellantis family of brands. Official RAM 1500 EV specs have not yet been announced, but range estimates are reported to be up to 500 miles on a single charge.
In February 2022, Stellantis launched an initiative called RAM Revolution meant to solicit consumer feedback for the next-gen EV. Although you can find plug-in hybrid versions of popular vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, this will be the first electrified RAM pickup to be sold in the U.S.
RAM expects production for the 1500 EV to begin sometime in 2024, which could make it either a 2024 or 2025 truck. That will constitute a relatively late arrival considering the fact that the Ford F-150 Lightning was introduced for 2022, and will be followed by both the Chevy Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV. However, RAM announced that they will stop teasing the pickup truck in fall 2022 when it debuts.
In terms of range, the RAM 1500 EV will have to meet a relatively high bar. For example, the F-150 Lightning is available with a Standard Range Battery of 230 miles or an optional Extended Range Battery capable of 300 miles. Ford says the truck is able to power a home for up to 10 days.
Interestingly, an early report from EV Pulse claims that RAM may offer a range extender option. Unlike a normal electric vehicle, a range extender could alleviate range anxiety or support the vehicle's ability to tow a heavy load without impacting its range in the same way as a normal electric vehicle.
When it comes to technology, the RAM 1500 EV will need to offer an array of safety features in order to compete. For example, the F-150 Lightning supports Ford BlueCruise semi-autonomous driving. The upcoming Tesla Cybertruck is expected to offer the brand's latest Autopilot system.
RAM hasn't announced pricing yet for the 1500 EV. For reference, the current RAM 1500 starts at $37,695 including destination while the all-electric F-150 Lightning is priced from $41,669. We currently estimate that the RAM 1500 EV could potentially be priced from $41,000 to $45,000.
Unlike GM, RAM remains eligible at this time for a federal EV tax credit. If that continues to be the case by the time the RAM 1500 EV goes on sale, this could create a substantial advantage over competitors. The incentive is worth up to $7,500 and can be combined with state plug-in rebates.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Pictured: RAM 1500 EV Teaser