January 31, 2023

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Stellantis’ Ram truck brand stands behind its competitors in launching an electric pickup truck, with pickup trucks from key competitors. Already on the market or soon.

But Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said so does the company He uses his time to invent features and capabilities Will not have competitors. This may include an additional row of removable folding seats.

The Ram 1500 Revolution, revealed Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, provides an early look at several features a future electric Ram truck could have, including a rear passenger compartment wall that folds away, leaving the cabin The truck is fully open in the cargo bed. This isn’t a new idea, as General Motors electric trucks from Chevrolet and GMC will hit the market later this year and early next, and will offer a retractable rear wall for the cabin; It was also offered by the Chevrolet Avalanche gas-powered pickup truck more than a decade ago.

What the Revolution concept also contains, though, are “third-row jump seats” that fold out from that rear wall while the second row of seats can slide forward to make room. Three rows of seats are possible because without the need for a gas engine, the Revolution’s cabin is quite tall. The seats can also be removed, said Ralph Giles, Stellantis’ chief design officer, allowing them to be used outside the truck or in the cargo hold out back.

There is space under the hood for storage and there is a pass-through hatch that can be opened through the cab into the ‘boot’ or the front bed. Thanks to this pass-through and a collapsible cab wall, an 18-foot pole or board can be loaded into the truck.

Stellantis promises that the production version of the truck, scheduled for 2024, will lead the market in terms of range, towing capacity, payload capacity, and cargo speed. Although no specific claims have been made for this prototype truck in terms of range or performance, Stellantis said the truck will be able to charge 100 miles of range in 10 minutes. This is fairly standard for vehicles that can work with fast chargers, but real-world charging times vary greatly depending on factors like the outside temperature and the capabilities of the charger.

Since it is a concept vehicle, it is possible that not all features offered on this truck will be included in the production version. A typical truck has doors that open outward from the center without a center pillar. While this is a common design feature on concept cars—it makes the interior easier to see—it is almost never used on production vehicles that need the structural strength this shaft provides.

The Ram 1500 Revolution concept includes two electric motors, one powering the rear wheels and the other the front, giving it all-wheel drive. It’s the most common way to provide all-wheel drive in electric cars, but some trucks, like the Rivian R1T, use four motors, one powering each wheel. The Ram Revolution was designed with room for larger, more powerful engines for the high-performance versions of the truck, according to Stillants.

With the back of the cab open, very long items can be loaded.

some Automakers already have electric trucks on the market, like the Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning; Other companies like General Motors have revealed production-ready trucks that are set to hit the market by early 2024. Tesla is expected to finally begin 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 will be unveiled “in the coming months.”

Once just a model of a pickup truck produced under the Dodge brand, the Ram was created as a separate brand in 2009. The line of trucks can trace its roots back to Graham Brothers Trucks, a company that began making trucks with Dodge engines and transmissions in 1921 and was purchased by later by Dodge.

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