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The Ram 1500 REV is not the game changer we expected

Expectations are powerful things. A company can make money, and if it is not met, its stock will fall.expectations are rising for car and driver Ram 1500 REV offices electrified since Ram CEO Mike Koval caught our attention in 2021 Promised about the electric version of the regular half-ton ram it was on the way.

At the time, Koval announced that the brand’s EV trucks would arrive after the competition but would not follow in their footsteps. It claimed to be able to benchmark EV pickups.

Fast forward to last month with Consumer Electronics Show (CES)which surprised us Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept Expectations for mass-produced cars were even higher.


A month later, watching the Super Bowl, Advertisement with allusions It teased the real Ram 1500 REV and provided some laugh-out-loud moments. Finally got a good look at the production modelwe issue a collective “what?”

Granted, we don’t have all the technical details, but the most striking part is how unlike the concept the REV is, how similar it is to current gas delivery models. is. No one expected the production version of the Ram EV to be as wild as the concept. We all know they are just conceptualizations. So we didn’t expect the show truck’s exaggerated proportions, pillarless coach doors, or even an electrochromic glass roof to reach our customers.

Clearly, most of these were never made into production.

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We wanted the innovative and useful features of the concept to be commercialized. For example, a folding midgate to extend the pickup bed into the cabin.of The original Chevrolet Avalanche had a midgatefor Pete, the following function comes back Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV.

By opening the bed into the cabin, the Ram concept became a pass-through, allowing a slender object to be inserted through the truck’s cabin and into the front trunk. It seems abandoned. Eliminating the concept mid-gate means Intriguing 3rd row jump seat What is integrated into it is also missing.

When it comes to the interior, the Rams have an attractive cabin with top-of-the-line materials, so I don’t have too many complaints, but with the exception of the display for the front seat passenger, it’s basically the same design as the petrol version. Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, etc.It’s neat, but doesn’t break the mold.


It’s not just the concept that makes the EV Ram pickup a dream come true. Ram is behind, but the lag doesn’t seem to create a competitive advantage or cause much innovation.

Again, range, power output, and other specs remain unknown.Lamb, prove us wrong.But converting the gas-powered version to an EV is exactly what That’s what Ford has done with the F-150 Lightning.For 2021, Koval has claimed the electric Ram 1500 will offer 500 miles of range. He also said it would “redefine the full-size segment” and outperform its rivals, suggesting it would exceed the Lightning’s 10,000-pound towing capacity.If a production truck hits these lofty marks, That would be enough to beat Ford and GM.

Lightning now has an EPA rated range of 320 miles. GMC Hummer EV Up to 329 miles, GM is targeting up to 400 miles on a single charge with the electric Silverado and Sierra. However, neither of his GM trucks are on the market yet. His 500 miles on one charge of the Ram would make him a segment leader, if not top of the EV class.

But that number is likely to come thanks to confirmed Range extender version with petrol engineA range extender (as the name suggests) also helps increase battery range while towing. Ram’s REV may go further than a pure EV pickup, but a plug-in hybrid isn’t the same as a battery electric vehicle (BEV).

want to Towing with an EV pickupWe can think of better things but we talk about towing capacity anyway.?of Rivian R1T It leads the segment with ratings up to 11,000 lbs, outperforming any other electric pickup. Notice if Ram can beat that bogey, as Koval hinted.

However, based on how one-upmanship traditionally works in the pickup truck wars, expect the Ram 1500 REV to barely outrun its rivals rather than outrun them. A maximum towing rating of 10,500 pounds (or 11,500 pounds) looks achievable, but that only makes his REV the best in class by a small margin.

There’s Still Hope

Aside from offering a gas fuel range extender, the production version of the Ram 1500 REV is not the game changer we thought it would be.

Of course, there is still hope that the truck will live up to expectations. More details have emerged and many innovative features may not be apparent from the handful of photos we’ve seen so far. does not make great strides in terms of technology and design. Most of the time, production trucks denounce the concept of writing checks that can’t seem to be cashed.

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