How Will the Electric Ram Pickup Truck Stack Up to the Ford F-150 Lightning and the Chevy Silverado EV?

Historically, Chrysler corporation does not mind being late to the party. For example, the 1964 Ford Mustang kicked off the pony car wars and the Chevrolet Camaro went on sale two years later; meanwhile Dodge took its time perfecting the 1970 Challenger, one of the most iconic muscle cars ever. History is repeating itself with the Ford F-150 Lightning shaking up its segment and the quick-charging Chevy Silverado hot on its heels. So how will Ram compete? The Ram 1500 BEV may be the most revolutionary electric pickup truck yet.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning2024 Chevy Silverado EV2024 Ram 1500 BEV
Range Target230 miles or 300 miles400 miles500 miles
Battery TypePouch style lithium-ionPouch style lithium-ionLithium-ion or solid-state
Battery pack98 kWh or 131 kWhoptional 200 kW159 kWh (200+ kWh equivalent)
Charging speedup to 150 kWup to 350 kW, 800 voltup to 150kW
Drive typeAWDAWDAWD
Horsepower426 or 563510 or 664Unknown
Price$39,974+$39,900+Unknown

Stellantis is perfecting all-new battery technology

The Stellantis full-frame chassis | Stellantis EV Day via Youtube

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In the electric vehicle race, it may not pay to be first. Tesla launched with the most advanced battery available at the time: cylindrical lithium-ion cells. Now, companies such as Ford, and General Motors are sinking billions into optimizing liquid pouch-style lithium-ion batteries. But even these batteries may soon be outdated.

Stellantis is developing multiple new battery technologies. These include cobalt-free and high energy density batteries.

The holy grail of lithium-ion technology is a solid-state battery which would maximize energy density. At Stellantis’ “EV Day” press conference, the automaker announced that its battery technology partner–Factorial Inc.–hopes to have solid-state batteries refined by 2026.

What would this technology mean for the electric Ram pickup truck? Ford’s F-150 Lightning is targeting a base-model range of just 230 miles with an expensive battery upgrade bumping its range to 300 miles. GM took more time refining its Ultium battery technology before announcing that the Chevrolet Silverado EV will feature a 400 mile range.

If Stellantis is able to perfect a solid-state battery, the electric Ram 1500 may boast the best range of all. Ram announced its shooting for 500 miles.

Solid-state batteries may also make the electric Ram lighter than its competitors. Solid state batteries will probably be less volatile than liquid pouch batteries: they will be less likely to catch on fire in an emergency and last for up to 400,000 miles–according to GreenCars. If the second-generation of the electric Ram 1500 gets solid-state batteries, it will revolutionize the electric truck market.

Ram is happy to be a “fast-follower”

Ram 1500 BEV on the STLA full-frame chassis | Stellantis EV Day via Youtube

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A fast-follower is a technology business that specializes in imitating the best advances in its field. A benefit of this strategy is being able to view an entire industry, choose the best advances, and then license the necessary tech.

Just as most internal combustion trucks share Dana axles and ZF transmissions, future electric trucks will likely share the best available components. Stellantis’ CEO Carlos Tavares revealed that as the electric truck field fills out, Ram is watching the competition and updating its design, “every month.” Whatever groundbreaking technologies define the Lightning and Silverado EV, Ram will be taking note.

Some of Ram’s latest technology includes 110-volt power inverters that will allow you to plug tools into the electric truck, a dual-motor AWD platform, and advanced battery management software. The electric Ram will be able to maintain and pre-condition its battery for running or charging. It will also offer “Dynamic Range Mapping” and “EV Dynamic Trip Energy Prediction.”

Renders of the Ram’s proposed chassis show independent suspension, front and rear. In addition, the truck has shock absorbers with a remote reservoir–similar to the Bilstein units under the Ram 1500 TRX.

Will Ram’s range electric paradigm breaker (REPB) vehicle change the game?

The silhouette of the Ram 1500 BEV | Stellantis EV Day via Youtube

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Ram is taking a realistic approach to electrification. While some automakers are promising to cease internal combustion production in the near future, Ram knows many Americans travel too far for current EV ranges. The brand is promising to offer one EV in its every market segment by 2030, but will continue to pursue longer ranges.

One technology Ram is pursuing is its solid-state battery. Another technology comes in the form of an entirely new vehicle class. In addition to the Ram 1500 battery electric vehicle (BEV), the company is planning a “range electric paradigm breaker (REPB) vehicle.

While Ram is secretive about the specifics, there’s a good chance they are working on a plug-in hybrid or an electric vehicle with a range extender. Some current electric vehicles offer an optional gasoline-powered generator mounted in the trunk, capable of recharging its batteries while on-the-go. A Ram truck with a similar feature may be the future of the truck.

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