by Karl Furlong
Ram has revealed its first production electric pickup, the 1500 REV. While final specifications are being kept a secret at this point, this is the pickup with the sole purpose of spoiling the Ford F-150 Lightning's party. Perhaps that's why the 1500 REV's appearance isn't a drastic departure from the regular Ram trucks, much like the Lightning still looks like an F-150 in profile. We do hope that at least some of the 1500 Revolution BEV Concept's clever features find their way into this production 1500 REV, though. Expect dual motors and four-wheel drive, along with what Ram promises are class-leading range, payload, and towing numbers. These have been identified as critical areas to win over traditional truck lovers.
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Reservations have already opened, but the release date for the Ram 1500 REV is only scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024. By then, the Chevrolet Silverado EV will have gone on sale and Ford will have had even more time to improve the F-150 Lightning. But by coming out after its chief rivals, Ram has an opportunity to surpass them all.
The price of the 2025 Ram 1500 REV hasn't been announced yet, but we expect it to start at close to an MSRP of $60,000. This is an advanced, full-size pickup that will likely only come in a Crew Cab body style, so it won't be cheap. Plus, the Ford F-150 Lightning already begins at over $55,000, and at the time of writing, we're over 18 months away from the Ram's arrival. The top-spec Lightning is nearing a cost of $100,000 in the USA, giving us an idea of how expensive the Ram could get when fully loaded.
Other rivals will include the Tesla Cybertruck (if it ever arrives), Chevrolet Silverado EV, and Rivian R1T. The Chevy is another one to watch, as it now has the boldest design of the big three electric pickups.
The 1500 EV Revolution Concept's audacious design is still fresh in the mind, so by comparison, the production 1500 REV could be seen as a disappointment. With the glitzy lighting switched off, this is very much a standard Ram pickup in profile but with a more modern front and rear design. Then again, this is probably intentional - a truck that looks like a Ram is less likely to alienate truck owners.
In front, there is a grille with an illuminated Ram logo, and this is flanked by defined daytime running lights that form part of the LED headlights. It's a chunky-looking thing, with a tall hood hiding a clever frunk. Along the sides, there is less to differentiate this pickup from the regular 1500, as this production model doesn't have the concept's narrow glasshouse and beltline that rises towards the rear. The charging port is an obvious addition, though; it comes with a lockable, weatherproof enclosure, along with charging identification lights.
At the back, there are more eye-catching lighting elements in an upside-down L shape, along with the big Ram logo.
We don't know the available colors for the New Ram 1500 REV pickup truck, but existing shades like Patriot Blue Crystal, Bright White, and Flame Red will probably be accompanied by a smattering of new shades.
No specs are official just yet, but the dimensions of the Ram 1500 REV should closely match those of the standard 1500 Crew Cab. Based on this, we can expect a length/width/height of around 232.9/82.1/77.5 inches, respectively. Two box sizes - 5'7" and 6'4" - are available for the gas-powered 1500 currently, so the 1500 REV may come with the same choices.
At 8.4 inches, the Ford F-150 Lightning doesn't quite have the ground clearance of its gas-powered sibling, so it'll be interesting to see if the 1500 REV also sees a drop in this aspect.
Like the Ford, the 1500 REV is expected to be a heavy beast with a curb weight probably surpassing 6,000 pounds.
If Ram meets the towing goals of the 1500 REV, this is going to be a mighty powerful pickup. After all, the top F-150 Lightning already makes 580 horsepower and can tow up to 10,000 lbs, so these are the numbers that the 1500 REV will aim to surpass. Base models will make closer to 450 hp if Ram closely matches the Ford.
This is expected to be a dual-motor, four-wheel-drive pickup, as a single motor will unlikely meet the needs of a large, powerful pickup. Will Ram try to compete with the 754 horses of the Chevy Silverado EV? Well, this is the same company that gave us the bonkers 1500 TRX, so we wouldn't put it past them to come up with a high-performance electric pickup. Expect 0-60 times of as little as four seconds if Ram chooses to enter the electric pickup power wars, but even base models will be much faster than an equivalent gas model.
The 1500 Revolution BEV concept came with four-wheel steering with as much as 15 degrees of articulation, along with an air suspension that includes off-road, aero, and ingress/egress modes. These features could all make it into the production 1500 REV.
Again, Ram has made no specific claims in this area, but it has said more than once that it is aiming for class-leading range on a full charge. To do that, the 1500 REV will have to surpass the F-150 Lightning's 320-mile range and the 328-mile range of the Rivian R1T.
We know that Ram is aiming for the best possible charging times, as the concept came with 800-volt architecture and the ability to achieve 350-kW charging speeds. That equates to 100 miles of range with around 10 minutes of charging. Besides that, Ram previously confirmed that a range-extender version with a gasoline engine will be available, something that will really set this truck apart from its contemporaries.
Considering that the top Lightning has a 131-kWh battery, the Ram could have an even larger battery than that when it goes on sale.
Not much at all has been said about the interior of the Ram 1500 REV, but like the exterior, we can see that the design is based on that of the existing 1500. This is no bad thing since the gas-powered 1500 still has a very comfortable interior for a pickup, but it may disappoint anyone expecting something revolutionary inside.
Based on the few pictures shared, the high-tech interior has a large central touchscreen interface, although physical controls have not been abandoned. Another display ahead of the front-seat passenger will probably be an option, allowing this passenger to control things like the music and navigation. To the left of this screen is a dial-type controller for Park, Reverse, Neutral, and Drive. A digital driver's interface looks to be equipped, which is pretty standard for modern EVs.
Like the F-150 Lightning, the 1500 REV will also offer bi-directional charging, allowing it to charge another EV or even power one's home during a power outage.
If it follows the normal 1500's trim structure, the seats in the base Ram 1500 REV will come with simple cloth, leading to leather on upper trims. Don't expect to see the concept's three-row seating configuration here, though. We expect a full house of comforts like automatic climate control, heated/ventilated seats, and powerful sound systems on these pricier versions.
Cargo space in the Ram 1500 REV should be excellent. Besides the box that should provide a minimum of 50 cubic feet or so, the REV also has a large frunk. This weatherproof space has storage nets, power supplies, and more, but whether it's as large as the Lightning's 14.1-cube frunk remains to be seen.
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