Ram Unveils Future Commercial EVs and More

October 27th, 2023 by

University Dodge Ram 1500 REV

Electric vehicles have been slowly gaining traction among consumers, but their potential in commercial applications is significant, and Stellantis is actively pursuing this avenue. The automaker has introduced the Pro One series, a range of newly developed or upgraded delivery vans and vehicles. While most of these models are primarily intended for the European market, there are plans for the release of an electric Ram ProMaster van in the United States in late 2023, with the battery-powered Ram 1500 REV set to follow in 2024.

In addition to these developments, the automaker plans to incorporate hydrogen fuel cells into select models, including vehicles designed for the North American market, although complete details remain pending. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEVs) are electric vehicles that generate their own electricity through an onboard hydrogen supply. Stellantis has announced its intentions to introduce a second-generation fuel cell in midsize vans by 2024, with plans to debut it in a larger van model for the first time in the following year.

Within the global market, the Pro One division encompasses a range of vans, spanning from compact to midsize and large models, offered under brands such as Citroën, Fiat Professional, Opel, Peugeot, and Vauxhall. The full-sized Ram ProMaster is essentially a variant of the Fiat Ducato. Stellantis has indicated that the forthcoming second-generation electric vans will boast an improved range of up to 420 km, accompanied by advanced driver assistance systems, comprehensive connectivity features, and e-PTO (electric power take-off) capabilities, enabling the operation of equipment using the vehicle’s traction battery. Furthermore, by 2026, all these vehicles will be equipped to receive over-the-air updates.

Compact and midsize vans enjoy considerably greater popularity in European and other international markets compared to Canada and the United States, where automakers that once provided them, including the Ram ProMaster City, Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, and Mercedes-Benz Metris, have discontinued their production. Nevertheless, the demand for full-size vans remains robust, and all major manufacturers involved in their production either already offer or are planning to introduce electric variants. This includes the upcoming Ram ProMaster, the Ford Transit, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, as well as the exclusively electric BrightDrop from General Motors.

2024 Ram REV

Similar to its forthcoming electric counterparts, the Ram 1500 REV features a robust body-on-frame chassis and is adorned with an abundance of LED lighting that could illuminate a short runway. While the concept version of the Ram EV showcased a futuristic design with extravagant features, the production model closely resembles its gas-powered counterpart. The initial presentation of the REV is in a crew-cab configuration with a short bed. Ram plans to offer two battery packs, with the larger one providing an impressive driving range of up to 500 miles. Depending on configuration choices, the REV is capable of towing up to 14,000 pounds. Ram is implementing an 800-volt architecture to facilitate rapid DC fast-charging rates, marking a significant step toward eventually replacing the traditional gasoline-powered Ram 1500.

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