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Ram Aims for a ‘Revolution’ with Its Innovative New Electric Pickup
Previewing the 2024 Ram 1500 BEV, the concept presented at CES 2023 shows off a slippery design, loads of high-tech features, and a highly configurable interior with third-row jump seats.

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  • The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV concept unveiled at CES 2023 is our first look at Ram’s first electric pickup, featuring smooth bodywork and a stretched cabin.
  • The interior has a rail system allowing for customizable seating arrangements, and the powered mid-gate includes third-row jump seats and a pass-through to carry objects up to 18 feet long.
  • Electric motors on the front and rear axles provide all-wheel drive, and Ram claims the steering wheel can retract into the dashboard for Level 3 autonomous driving.
While Ford is busy churning out thousands of F-150 Lightnings from its Dearborn, Michigan plant and Chevy is readying the Silverado EV for its launch this year, Ram had so far stayed out of the electric-truck arms race. But now at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, Ram has unveiled the 1500 Revolution BEV concept, previewing an electric 1500 pickup that will arrive in 2024 and giving the first hints at the future stylistic direction of the brand.
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The concept sports a sleek look, with a stretched wheelbase and a swept-back windshield. The blacked-out front end is dominated by an illuminated “RAM” badge sitting between the LED headlights, which Ram refers to as having a “tuning fork” design. The beefy skid plate in the bumper hides integrated tow hooks, and the taillights and Ram badge on the tailgate also consist of LEDs.

The Revolution is decked out with a powered frunk, a charge port, flush door handles, side steps, and a rear step, and we expect most of these features to reach production, at least on pricier trims. The tailgate can also be opened outwards—like barn doors—to extend the bed another couple of feet in order to haul larger loads.
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The concept also shows off coach doors—the rear doors open in the opposite direction to the front doors—allowing Ram to remove the B-pillar to ease ingress and egress. We imagine these flashy doors will be ditched for production, but the 3D-printed, lightweight cameras which replace the sideview mirrors could make it if U.S. regulations change. The 1500 Revolution rides on 35-inch tires wrapped around 24-inch wheels, with light-up center caps that remain still while the wheel spins, like on Rolls-Royces.
The cabin is four inches longer than on the current gas-powered truck and features “Ram Track,” a rail attachment system on the floor that permits for flexible interior configurations. The rails also act as tie downs for cargo and are also found in the frunk and bed. The lightweight seats—which have integrated seatbelts, grab handles, and speakers—can be folded completely flat or removed.
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The two rows of seating can also be supplemented by third-row jump seats, which Ram says are mounted in the powered mid-gate and can be affixed in the bed, echoing the Subaru Brat of the late 1970s. Unfortunately Ram didn’t provide any photos showing the jump seats, but the mid-gate is also said to include a pass-through that extends all the way to the frunk—an idea previously seen on the Bollinger B2—and can fit objects that are 18 feet long.
Continuing on the theme of cabin customizability, the center console can be removed to increase interior room, while the armrest converts to a desk. The “tuning fork” design reappears on the dashboard via orange ambient lighting, which flows behind a dual display setup totaling 28 inches of touchscreen. The lower screen can be removed and used as a tablet or adjusted into three different positions—minimal view, extended view, and full screen view—while the upper screen can also apparently slide on the Ram Track system.

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As is expected of an electric truck concept, the interior is overflowing with fancy tech, from a 360-degree camera system to an AI-powered voice-activated assistant and augmented reality in the head-up display. The octagonal steering wheel has small screens built in, while the glass roof has electro-chromatic panels that can individually adjust their opacity. Sustainable materials are also found throughout the interior, including leather made from a byproduct of the apple industry and a floor built from recycled rubber and cork.
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Another neat feature on the 1500 Revolution is Shadow Mode, where the truck autonomously follows the driver as they walk ahead, which Ram says will save time for short trips around a job site. There are also several cabin modes that alter seating positions, ambient lighting, window opacity, suspension, and more at the press of a single button.
 

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Stellantis CEO delivers a technology statement with a Ram truck

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Thu, January 5, 2023 at 5:30 PM


By Joseph White
LAS VEGAS, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Stellantis NV on Thursday unveiled a prototype of an electric Ram pickup at the CES technology show, part of the effort by Chief Executive Carlos Tavares to show that the French-Italian automaker is catching up with Tesla Inc and other rivals.
The electric "Ram 1500 Revolution," unveiled at CES in Las Vegas, is a one-of-a-kind show vehicle meant to whet appetites for a production model due in 2024. It will arrive after rivals' offerings in one of the most important segments of the North American electric vehicle market.
The real electric Ram truck will launch more than two years after the smaller Rivian R1T electric pickup and Ford's F-150 Lightning electric truck. General Motors Co plans to start delivering electric Chevrolet Silverado pickups this year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the long-delayed Cybertruck will launch this year from a factory in Texas.

The Ram prototype, and a separate CES show vehicle from Stellantis' Chrysler brand, are physical representations of the strategy Tavares and other executives outlined last year to match the electric propulsion and connectivity technology Tesla and other rivals are bringing to market.
Services enabled by connecting vehicles to the mobile internet are critical to Tavares' strategy for the automaker. Stellantis has said it wants to double revenue to 300 billion euros ($316.50 billion) a year, in part by expanding connected services.
The high costs of electrification and advanced software development are putting pressure on automakers at a time when most forecasters expect a slowdown, or even a recession, in major global markets.
Stellantis last month said it would indefinitely idle a Jeep assembly plant in Illinois, and blamed the high costs of EVs for the decision. ($1 = 0.9479 euro) (Reporting by Joe White in Las Vegas Editing by Matthew Lewis)
 

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Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept Unveiled at CES 2023
The Ram Revolution BEV Concept is a visionary road map showing how the industry’s leading truck brand will redefine the pickup segment once again
  • Segment-redefining Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept demonstrates Ram’s commitment to electric vehicle (EV) leadership
  • Loaded with advanced technology, the concept reinvents the customer experience by integrating leading-edge technology, a fully connected customer experience and advanced mobility features
  • Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept delivers seamless connectivity to transform the experience for driver and passengers
  • Stunning, ultra-modern exterior design represents the future of Ram trucks
  • All-new face of Ram includes animated and modernized “R-A-M” badging and animated full LED “tuning fork” headlight design
  • Doors have been reimagined in a grand saloon-style opening that showcases a cavernous occupant space without a B-pillar
  • New interior layout offers even more flexibility with room to configure workspace with a removeable center console with fold-flat surface
  • Ram continues to build on its list of industry-shaping features with the 1500 BEV Concept, ushering in an industry-first feature: third-row jump seats
  • Powered mid-gate features mounted jump seats with a removable lower section that allows for multiple flexible seating configurations and enables a pass-through (and into the frunk) that can fit objects up to 18-ft. long
  • Built on new STLA Frame body-on-frame architecture designed specifically for full-size electric vehicles, the concept incorporates the battery pack efficiently with full underbody aero panels and active diffuser
  • Powered by two electric drive modules (EDMs), the concept features all-wheel-drive capability
  • Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept can add up to 100 miles of range in approximately 10 minutes with 800-volt DC fast charging at up to 350 kW
  • Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept features four-wheel steering with up to 15 degrees of articulation for greater vehicle maneuverability
  • Ram will once again redefine the pickup truck segment with revolutionary Ram 1500 BEV production model in 2024, to be introduced in the coming months
    • Ram 1500 BEV will be the leader in a combination of areas customers care about the most: range, towing, payload and charge time
  • Entire Ram lineup will offer electrified solutions with disruptive, leading-edge advanced technology in the years to come
  • Ram’s move toward electrification supports the Stellantis Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan to lead the way the world moves by delivering innovative, clean, safe and affordable mobility solutions
January 5, 2023 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Ram Truck brand introduced a visionary road map today at CES 2023 with its Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept, which provides a glimpse into the future and demonstrates how the industry’s leading truck brand will once again redefine the pickup truck segment. The leading-edge Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept showcases a truckload of innovative features that will be seen in future Ram trucks and in particular on Ram’s electrification journey.

Ram will differentiate itself by offering a portfolio of fully electrified solutions to better meet customer needs, including a segment-redefining Ram 1500 BEV in 2024. The entire Ram lineup will offer electrified solutions with disruptive, leading-edge advanced technology in the years to come. The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept establishes how Ram will push past competitors’ future EV offerings.

“The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept is our clearest signal yet that we’re on the precipice of something extraordinary at Ram and points directly to where we’re going on our electrified journey,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram brand CEO – Stellantis. “At Ram, we’ve redefined what pickup trucks can be, and we will do so again by pushing past what competitors are offering by delivering the best electric pickups on the market.”

The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept is part of Ram’s significant contribution to Stellantis’ Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan to lead the way the world moves by delivering innovative, clean, safe and affordable mobility solutions.

“The Ram Revolution represents several important things to the Ram brand,” Koval added. “Of course, it’s our new Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept that serves as a roadmap to our electrified future. Yet Ram Revolution is also our philosophy as we redefine the pickup segment, with a steady drumbeat of announcements and initiatives as we embark on our electrified journey.”

Ram is committed to innovation and powertrain leadership with a lineup that consists of anything and everything truck buyers want and need, meeting real-world demands. Today, Ram offers the most fuel-efficient 4x4s and the quickest, fastest and most powerful pickup truck straight from the factory.

Ram will once again redefine the pickup truck segment with its revolutionary Ram 1500 BEV production model in 2024. It will be the leader in a combination of areas customers care about the most: range, towing, payload and charge time. More news on the production version will be available in the coming months.

Pioneering design establishes the vision for Ram’s electrified future
The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept provides a stunning vision of the ultimate pickup truck as part of the future of Ram trucks. Ram’s exterior design team set out to revolutionize the pickup truck segment by creating an ultra-modern concept that exudes heroic strength, maintains its purpose and is environmentally responsible.

The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept features an exterior design that is strikingly “brutiful” – brutal yet beautiful. An animated and modernized “R-A-M” badge adorns the all-new face of Ram, which features a fully animated LED “tuning fork” design. The doors have been reimagined in a grand saloon-style opening that showcases a cavernous occupant space without a B-pillar. Bright LED lights have been cleverly integrated into the front bumper flares and advancements in lighting are highlighted by fully animated LED taillamps and badging. Building on Ram’s reputation as North America’s off-road and performance truck leader, the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept features an integrated fascia design with a skid plate and new pivoting tow hooks that can sit flush.

Innovative features are thoughtfully integrated throughout and include a new powered frunk with one-touch open-and-close functionality that adds capability and storage. Other powered features, including a powered charge-port door situated on the driver’s side front quarter panel, a powered tailgate, flush-mounted door handles, powered side steps and a powered rear step with active diffuser, round out the extensive list of powered features.

The concept features revolutionary side-view mirrors that are smaller, more lightweight and use 3D printed materials for optimal aerodynamics and reduced drag. The side-view mirrors use a digital camera to capture the truck’s surroundings, allowing for a smaller physical size.

The charge port illuminates and blinks while charging. An audible sound will signal it’s plugged in and charging has begun. The charge port features Level 1 and Level 2 AC charging on the top half and DC fast charging on the bottom half of the charger.

Recognizable Ram design cues with added capability include a power multifunction tailgate and a larger RamBox. The acute hourglass body design and fender wells clear 35-inch tires with a new unique design. The 1500 Revolution BEV Concept features self-leveling capability and rides on 24-inch wheels with center caps that light up and stay in place.

These new proportions are achieved courtesy of the innovative STLA Frame EV platform on which the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept is built. New intelligent safety systems and smaller, more powerful electric motors afforded the design team the ability to shift the cabin forward and increase cabin length. The 1500 Revolution BEV Concept features a cabin that is four inches longer than today’s production truck for increased room and comfort while the bed length remains the same.

New interior boasts sustainable materials with never-before-seen levels of flexibility, comfort and innovation
Known as a “one space environment,” the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept uses one continuous space front to back that enables several different interior configurations. The “one space environment” theme is bolstered by a new interior layout that offers even more flexibility with room to configure a workspace or for your next adventure.

A significantly more spacious interior and greater cabin length are the result of a new architecture while the battery’s size allows for more cargo volume. Ram Track, Ram’s rail attachment/floor track system, provides cabin flexibility for the seats and console, as well as usable tie-downs or other storage potential. Ram Track is also incorporated in the frunk, as well as the bed, allowing for true flexibility from front to back.

Nearly 50 years ago, the club cab was introduced with second-row seating. Half a century later, Ram continues to build on these industry-shaping features with the 1500 BEV Concept ushering in a new feature: third-row jump seats. The powered mid-gate features mounted jump seats with a removable lower section for placement in the bed or outside the vehicle. The mid-gate with powered glass enables a pass-through (and into the frunk) that can fit objects up to 18-ft. long with the tailgate closed.

Seating and console flexibility was a focus with the center console’s ability to be removed for even more space. If desired, the center console armrest individually converts to a workstation surface. Combined with mid-gate and jump-seat options, the 1500 Revolution BEV Concept offers multiple flexible seating configurations. Lightweight seats feature integrated seatbelts, grab handles and speakers with the ability to fold flat along with extended recline, work, conference modes and deploying the jump seats. Vastly more interior volume benefits second-row and third-row jump seat passengers who enjoy limo-like space.

The “tuning fork” design is present inside the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept, stretching the length of the dashboard and continuing a theme line to the mid-gate. A full touchscreen display comprised of two screens offers up to 28 inches of screen space as the centerpiece of an interior loaded with advanced technology. The lower display has three different positions depending on the task at hand – minimal view, extended view and full screen view – and can be removed and used in different areas of the truck. The upper screen can also slide on the Ram rail attachment system.

The rearview mirror combines leading-edge technology to improve safety and convenience. Significantly smaller than traditional truck mirrors without compromising effectiveness, the rearview mirror is packed with a range of sophisticated technologies, including a smart backup camera with 360-degree views, speakers, and receivers compatible with voice assistants, such as Alexa and Siri.

When in reverse, the camera stitches together images from various other cameras around the truck, providing the driver with a 360-degree view on the interior digital screens. This allows the driver to see their surroundings with greater clarity, helping to avoid accidents and improve safety, especially when backing up to a trailer. The mirror also includes a supplementary backup flood lamp that provides additional visibility when reversing the truck, which is especially useful in low light conditions. In addition to the backup camera, the rearview mirror also communicates with biometric cameras that observe the truck's environment as it approaches objects and as it’s being approached.

Digital side-view mirrors and augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD) highlight the onboard advanced technology.

A flat-top and bottom collapsible steering wheel offers enhanced hand grips with capacitive controls, digital screens and a lit “RAM” badge. Tactile swiping technology enables occupants to configure the sun visors or the entire electro-chromatic roof with the ability to adjust the opaqueness. The full glass roof with electro-chromatic panels and integrated roof rails features ambient lightning that’s operated through the overhead console.

Sustainability was a key focus during development of the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept with unique and resourceful materials seen throughout the interior as a result. Examples include Greyslate Nanostone veneer that is resilient and lightweight and Apple leather, a bi-product from the apple industry that is naturally animal and cruelty free. The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept also features a uniquely textured floor that is composed of recycled rubber and cork particles that enhance durability and functionality.

Ram’s design team wanted to showcase ideas that deliver every passenger an individualized and personalized experience that seamlessly connects them with their digital lives, as well as the other passengers. Artificial intelligence and the autonomy to enable users to work and play from anywhere were also focal points.

Redefining pickup truck ownership again with leading-edge technology, connectivity and convenience
The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept provides a glimpse into leading-edge technology, a fully connected customer experience, and advanced mobility features that deliver confidence for hardworking people every day, no matter their line of work.

The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept delivers seamless connectivity to transform the experience for the driver and passengers. The concept creates a connected hub that brings a consumer’s digital lifestyle into the vehicle, using advanced technology to create a customized space for each occupant.

Some unique technology features on the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept include:
  • Vehicle Personal Assistant – Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered virtual assistant that enhances in-vehicle and exterior interaction with users. A 3D Ram avatar acts as the vehicle's face, responding to various voice commands from users. Additionally, voice control enables the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept to follow commands from the owner while they’re outside the vehicle, such as close the windows, play music, take a picture, and “follow me” with Shadow Mode
    • Shadow Mode – Allows the vehicle to automatically follow driver walking ahead of the vehicle. This voice-activated feature can be useful in situations where the driver needs to move a short distance and doesn't want to get back in the truck, such as when picking up tools or equipment from a job site. The truck will follow the driver at a safe distance, using sensors and camera technology to navigate around obstacles. This innovation increases efficiency, making the job easier and more convenient
  • My Day - Intelligent trip planning based on users’ schedules and preferences to provide suggestions at right time and right location
  • Cabin Mode - Cabin Modes are “one button” settings that adjust multiple aspects of the cabin experience at once, based on the use case. They include options such as Productivity Mode, Social Mode, Party Mode, Relax Mode and user-created modes. Adjustments include interior lighting, seat position and orientation, window and skylight opacity, vehicle suspension, sound zones and display content
  • Advanced Augmented Reality (AR) Heads-up Display (HUD) – This feature combines AR HUD and advanced camera and sensor technology to provide enhanced driving assistance. See-through vision uses camera and sensor technology to create an experience that allows the driver to see objects outside of their normal view on the AR HUD. The AR HUD can also display information
  • Intelligent storage app Mobile application that helps users measure objects to determine if they can be transported with their vehicle. To obtain an object’s dimensions, users can scan the product’s barcode or use a built-in AR camera measuring tool. The mobile app will show users how the object can best be positioned in their vehicle, and internal and external cabin projectors assist by displaying guides on the target storage location
  • Adjustable and removable lower display Used as a tablet, passenger display, truck bed workstation, vehicle control or video game controller, the two 14.2-inch displays can be combined to provide a larger viewing area
  • Smart Home Control - User can control their smart home from the infotainment screen, adjusting devices such as lights, cameras, thermostats and sound systems
  • Advanced camera and sensor system - Multiple cameras and sensors works together to enhance the driving experience and provide additional functions, such as 3D capture, biometric identity recognition, and 360 photo and video capture
  • Exterior projector – Multiple built-in projectors provide an efficient way to visually communicate information to the user. The projectors also double as a mobile movie theater, allowing the owner to have movie night anytime, anywhere
  • Autonomous capabilities – In Level 3+ autonomous mode, the vehicle retracts the steering wheel to provide additional space for the driver. Interior lights, the AR HUD, smarts seats and the steering wheel work together to provide next-level situational awareness to the driver
Battery-electric power unlocks new levels of capability and performance
The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept features all-wheel-drive capability and is powered by two electric drive module (EDMs), which are positioned toward the front and rear of the vehicle, maximizing interior space and enabling the cavernous frunk. Designed to accommodate larger capacity EDMs, the Ram 1500 BEV Concept offers the potential for future high-performance applications.

The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept can add up to 100 miles of range in approximately 10 minutes with 800-volt DC fast charging at up to 350 kW.

As part of the Ram brand’s focus on providing consumers a growing and vast array of leading-edge advanced technology, Ram is showcasing a new inductive robot charger - or Ram Charger – at CES 2023, that will make home charging as easy as possible. It detects the vehicle's presence and its charging needs, and automatically moves into position and aligns itself under the vehicle. Smart-charge capability will allow charging during off-peak time, providing more convenience and peace-of-mind for our customers.

The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept features four-wheel steering with up to 15 degrees of articulation and is designed to offer greater vehicle maneuverability while parking at low speed, on tight off-road trails, and increases the vehicle’s steering response at high speeds.

Based on the company’s STLA Frame platform, the Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept features a body-on-frame design that incorporates the battery pack efficiently.

Adjustable air suspension enables three different modes: ingress/egress, aero, off-road.

Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab and ProMaster, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • 1,075 lb.-ft. of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 37,090 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • The most cargo space available in any traditional full size cargo van
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Ram 1500 TRX is the quickest, fastest and most powerful mass-produced pickup truck in the world
  • Most awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
The latest J.D. Power APEAL study, which rates the emotional bond between customers and their vehicles, named the 2022 Ram 1500 as the best vehicle in the large light-duty pickup category. This marks the third straight year Ram 1500 has received top honors.

The Ram 1500 lineup includes the Know & Go mobile app featuring an immersive experience for customers who want to learn more about their vehicles.

Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by leading global automaker and mobility provider Stellantis. For more information regarding Stellantis (NYSE: STLA), please visit www.stellantis.com.
 

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Ram 1500 Revolution Concept is a Three-Row, All-Electric Pickup
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Published Jan 5, 2023

Ram 1500 Revolution Concept
The Revolution previews Ram’s all-electric 1500 BEV, which arrives next year.

After months (and months) of teasing, Ram on Thursday revealed its 1500 Revolution Concept at CES 2023. The all-electric pickup may be the last of the Big Three’s EV truck debuts, but it brings more than a few innovations to the table, many of which we can expect in the eventual production model next year.

One clear preview comes from the Revolution’s exterior itself. The EV concept debuts a new brand design language for Ram, which the American company is calling “brutiful”—a combination of brutal and beautiful. This entails a cleaner design that looks like it could help cut down aerodynamic drag, though no figures were mentioned. Up front, the headlights feature an animated “tuning fork” LED signature, framing a light-up RAM logo. That logo is found all over the truck, including the lower front doors, tailgate, and the wheel caps. On the latter, not only does it stay illuminated, but upright too. Lower down the front fascia is an integrated skid plate along with pivoting tow hooks.
SEE ALSO: 2020 Ram 1500 Big Horn Review: Putting the ‘Light’ in Light-Duty
Out back, the Revolution features a very different taillight treatment, with lowercase-r shapes extending into the tailgate. It’s hard to miss the giant, active rear diffuser, as well.

The whole package rides on 24-inch aero wheels, wrapped in 35-inch tires. Like the Silverado EV, the Revolution features dramatically different proportions than its gas-powered siblings. However, that’s mostly a trick of the lower height: the cabin is only four inches longer than the current Ram 1500, and the bed length is the same.

That cabin represents another serious departure from Rams past. Designed with adaptability in mind, the entire interior functions on the Ram Track system in the floor, allowing users to pick and mix their interior layout, including seats and consoles. The seats are fully removable, with integrated seatbelts as well as speakers.
For the first time ever, there are also third-row jump seats—yes, really. A powered mid-gate includes them, along with a removable lower section. On the flip side, a pass-through allows owners to fit items up to 18 feet long, from closed tailgate to frunk (because of course there is a frunk).

The tuning fork design element continues inside the truck, with ambient lighting elements mirroring the front fascia. This wouldn’t be an EV concept without sustainable materials inside, and the Ram includes bits like apple leather (produced through the byproducts of the apple industry), and a floor made of recycled rubber and cork.
SEE ALSO: 2023 Ram 2500 Rebel First Drive Review
While it looks like the Revolution features a large touchscreen and a smaller, angled one below, the second is actually the same size as the main unit. It can slide up or down depending on the needs of the user, resulting in a max of 28 inches of screen real estate. Maybe you don’t want it at all, so you can remove it and use it as a tablet if you so desire.

That’s just a taste of the tech that Ram has jammed into the Revolution. In addition to fairly standard concept car goodies like an augmented rearview mirror, and camera-assisted side mirrors, the Revolution includes a digital assistant, augmented reality head-up display, and Level 3 autonomous capabilities (which retracts the steering wheel when active). The My Day intelligent trip planning that debuted on sister-brand Chrysler’s Synthesis cockpit is also present, along with a one-touch Cabin Mode feature that sets the vibe by altering the ambient lighting, seating positioning, window/roof opacity, displays, and more. An overhead console allows users to alter the roof opacity. Similarly, the wheel features swipe controls to adjust the sun visors.
Other cool tech includes an exterior projector system, handy for impromptu movie nights pretty much wherever. Ram also includes an intelligent storage app, which uses a built-in camera to measure objects, and a companion app to tell users how to best Tetris it into the truck. Finally, there’s a “Shadow Mode”, where the Revolution will follow the driver as they walk ahead of the vehicle. Ram says this should increase job site productivity and be more convenient. We just like that it turns the Revolution into a big, electric puppy.

Ram didn’t dive into powertrain details too much, other than to confirm there is an electric motor at each axle. The company also confirmed that the STLA Frame platform was built with upgrades in mind, including the room for larger capacity electric drive modules. The platform also includes a self-levelling suspension and rear-wheel steering, the latter up to an extreme 15 degrees. For comparison, Merc’s EQS maxes out at 10 degrees.
Charging comes courtesy of an 800-volt architecture, allowing for charging speeds of up to 350 kW. Or, put another way, an additional 100 miles (161 km) of range in 10 minutes.

The Revolution remains a concept, but Ram has confirmed that the production battery-electric 1500 pickup will debut this year. It will go on sale in 2024.
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The 2024 Ram 1500 Revolution Brings The Electric Truck Fight to GM, Ford & Rivian


As the electric truck segment continues to heat up, it looks like Ram is finally ready to make a huge splash after being late to the party. This is the #Ram1500RevolutionBEVConcept, its an all-electric super truck that is designed to take on the Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and Rivian R1T. The #Ram1500Revolution will eventually go on sale sometime in 2024 and #Ram is promising the #Revolution will come standard with dual motor AWD, a larger battery pack offering up to 350 kW DC fast charging, and the first-ever 3rd row jump seat behind the back seats.
 

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Three-Row Pickup Trucks Are Going to Be a Thing

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Fri, January 6, 2023 at 11:34 AM EST


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Three-Row Pickup Trucks Are Going to Be a ThingStellantis
I should have seen the three-row pickup truck coming. The signs have been there. A modern crew-cab Ram pickup truck already offers more rear-seat legroom than a Mercedes S-Class. Single-cab trucks are an endangered species. Now, as Ram showed off during its Ram Revolution BEV concept reveal, the time of the three-row pickup truck may be upon us.
The concept includes a third-row jump seat, made possible by the space savings that come with an all-electric powertrain. The concept is just that—this Ram doesn't look close to production form—but it is a signal of where Ram wants to take things. While some features like the all-digital mirrors may not see production, however, we have plenty of reason to take the third-row concept seriously. First, because it's something that can clearly fit in a reasonable-looking crew-cab truck. And second, because the first rule of making trucks is that everything must get bigger all the time.
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It was only 20 years ago that the crew-cab half-ton essentially didn't exist. Single-cabs were the norm, with extended-cab trucks available if you needed a couple of jump seats for short journeys. No one considered the truck to be a family hauler, or at least not in the traditional way.

If you wanted your truck to haul your family, you put them in the bed. That's still standard practice on dirt roads and the rest of rural America. It's a much cheaper and more versatile solution than the average three-row SUV. What's changed is that laws restricting or barring passengers from truck beds have gotten more common, as the practice is extremely dangerous. Bench seats are disappearing, seat belts are getting buckled. At the same time, more Americans have started using their trucks as everyday transportation. If you ever pick up friends from the airport or drive your kid to school, the single-cab isn't much help. So the crew cab has become the default choice, outcompeting single and even extended cabs in many cases.
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Three-row SUVs also enjoy record sales. I can't tell you how many requests I've received for advice on the best three-row option for a family with one child. Recently, a friend said he wanted something as big as a Telluride to fit his family, which currently consisted of him, his wife, and a dog. Not even one in the oven and he was already planning for kid number three. American car-buyers solve for their worst-case scenario, not their everyday usage, so more capability almost always wins out. The American family is smaller than ever, and driving a larger-than-ever vehicle.
Three-row pickup trucks are the natural next step. A seven-seat four-wheel-drive vehicle with a five-foot bed and a 13,000-lb towing capacity solves every problem the average American is likely to encounter, and dozens of problems they will never encounter. What to do with 19 cupholders, for instance.
Work crews and large families could actually benefit from this new segment. If companies are willing to play with pickup design, push the cab forward, and get creative with layouts, it could provide the same broad-band utility that the crew cab pickup currently does for working families. But as we transition to a cleaner, electric market, it'd be wise to be naturally wary of excess. We have to think about whether new designs solve salient problems. Take a close look the fleet of modern half-ton crew-cab pickups. Do you really think the problem is that they aren't big enough?
 
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