Your local RAM dealership has some exciting news: the fan-favorite RAM 1500 EV should be ready to hit the market in 2024. This release is right in time to compete with the Chevy Silverado 1500 EV and current Ford F-150 Lightning release.
There was a time when automakers weren’t sure if drivers would go for a completely electric pickup truck. Those doubts have been put the rest with the incredible reception of EVs in every class, including Ford’s Lightning EV.
The First Mover Isn’t Always Right
Some skeptics wonder why RAM waited so long to jump into the EV game. Even the RAM 1500 EV announcement only came right after Chevy shared details of its Silverado EV at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. RAM’s electric pickup truck will hit the market soon after the Silverado version and a ways behind the release of the Ford F-150 Lightning.
The reality is that being the first to launch a product means being the first to encounter issues, customer feedback, and more. In a game as competitive as the full-size truck market, it pays to take your time to do something right as opposed to just throwing something together. RAM engineers have been looking at feedback and data to ensure they produce the best version of their electric truck.
RAM’s parent company, Stellantis, put together an EV strategy to bet hit the market in the right way. That meant investing over 30 billion euros in research and development. The goal is to build EVs that have a real-world driving range between 300 and 500 miles and a fast-charging ability of 20 miles per minute.
What We Know So Far
There aren’t a lot of details about the new RAM 1500 EV, although your local RAM dealership should be up-to-date as more information emerges. We do know that RAM is sticking with the body-on-frame construction and standard all-wheel drive. This half-ton pickup should resemble the RAM trucks we already know and love, with, of course, modern updates like semi-autonomous driving and more.
RAM hasn’t said how much this truck will tow, but it promises the highest towing capacity available. Considering that the Ford Lightning claims a max towing capacity of 10,000 pounds, we can expect some impressive stats from the RAM 1500 EV.
As of right now, RAM is shooting for this EV to have a driving range closer to 500 miles, which is 200 miles more than Ford’s EV can handle.
RAM Has Time
The year 2024 may not seem like it’s that far away, but it will be here sooner than you think. With the rate at which technology changes, we can only imagine what kind of innovative tech will be part of this highly-anticipated pickup truck.
Keep an eye on your local RAM dealership to learn more. It won’t be too long before you can reserve one of these beasts for yourself. Considering how fast the Lightning’s waitlist filled, the RAM 1500 EV is definitely going to go fast.