As Ford Authority reported earlier today, Stellantis is jumping head first into electrification, notably later than Ford and General Motors, its chief rivals in North America. As part of that announcement, the company revealed for the first time that it is working on the Ram 1500 EV, with a targeted production date of 2024. If that date holds, it would launch nearly two years after the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and likely debut after the Chevy Silverado electric pickup, although GM has yet to announce when that vehicle will go on sale.
While few details about the Ram 1500 EV have been revealed, Stellantis did outline that it is working on four flexible EV platforms for every segment its 14 brands currently operate in. One of those platforms, STLA Frame, potentially indicates that the upcoming Ram 1500 EV will boast a dedicated architecture separate from its internal combustion counterpart. In any event, the automaker expects vehicles based on that platform to boast a range of up to 500 miles. Stellantis is developing three electric drive modules as well, and each unit can be adapted for front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and 4xe, or four-wheel drive in Stellantis corporate speak.
“Our electrification journey is quite possibly the most important brick to lay as we start to reveal the future of Stellantis just six months after its birth, and now the entire company is in full execution mode to exceed every customer’s expectations and accelerate our role in redefining the way the world moves,” said Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares.
While the Ram 1500 EV is a long ways off, the current generation Ram 1500 does offer partially electrified powertrains in the form of the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and 5.7L Hemi V8 eTorque engines, which utilize mild hybrid technology. Those powertrains offer minor efficiency gains when compared to traditional gasoline motors, but cannot match the capability offered by the Ford 3.5L PowerBoost V6, which is a full hybrid powertrain and the only one currently offered in the full-size, light duty truck segment.
The Ram 1500 EV will no doubt be compared to the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and F-150 Lightning Pro when it arrives in several years, as they are destined to be its direct rivals. Given their attractive pricing and alluring features, both trucks will be a tough act to follow.