2025 Ram 1500 REV Driving Range Would Jump to Head of Class
Still more than a year from seeing a production line, Ram wants to make waves by putting an EV pickup on the road with a 500-mile range.
Stellantis’ Ram brand introduced more details about the 2025 Ram 1500 REV electric pickup at the New York International Auto Show in early April, and one option is an enormous 229-kWh battery pack with a “targeted” driving range of up to 500 miles (805 km) and a maximum towing capacity of 14,000 lb. (6,350 kg).
That range, which just about doubles the average range of currently offered electric pickup trucks, can be had in the Ram 1500 REV XR. The standard model, which will be on sale first, debuts with a 160-kWh battery and a targeted range of up to 350 miles (563 km). Both can handle 800-volt DC fast charging at up to 350 kWh, meaning an ability to gain 110 miles (177 km) of range in about 10 minutes.
Mike Koval Jr., Ram’s CEO, said the 1500 REV preproduction model, last seen as a concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2023, is focused on what’s desired in the market. “[The truck] pushed past the competition in areas customers care about most, including range, towing, payload and charge time,” he said.
The new truck has a more sculpted body than the smooth-looking concept, with a new hood design that maximizes space in the frunk and a character line that stretches along the entire bodyside.
In what is increasingly a customer expectation, the truck can handle vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-load and vehicle-to-grid bidirectional charging. A power panel in the bed can provide up to 7.2 kW. In the frunk, another outlet provides up to 3.6 kW. The lithium-ion battery’s power gets to the wheels through dual 250-kW modules that contain the motor, gearbox and inverter. In tandem they can provide all-wheel drive capability. The front-axle’s module can be disconnected at the wheels to allow, essentially, for rear-wheel drive, which can boost efficiency, Ram said in a news release.
The body-on-frame design was engineered for fullsize electric trucks. It’s wider in the middle to help carry the battery pack and leverages the frame rails as one method of battery pack protection. The structure also features a full-length underbody pan that helps the 1500 REV to an estimated 0.34 Cd, which Ram says is the most aerodynamic in the class. Ride and handling are modulated by a multi-link independent rear suspension with adaptive air damping on all four corners. The ride can be set from the cab in entry/exit, aero, normal, off-road 1 and off-road 2. The 22-inch (559-mm) aluminum wheels are shod in 275/50R22 Pirelli Scorpion tires.
Ram is targeting a 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) time of 4.4 seconds, along with a combined 654 hp (488 kW) and 620 lb-ft (841 Nm) and a 2,700 lb. (1,225 kg) maximum payload.
Advanced driver-assistance features include lane centering and hands-free active driving assist and an automated parking system, both of which are driven by data picked up by radar and cameras.
Inside, Ram says a variety of materials including carbon fiber are used to make for the most luxurious 1500 available. Driver touchscreen displays will be available in 12- and 14.5-inch sizes. Front-seat passengers get their own 10.25-inch screen that can operate navigation, devices, entertainment and provide a view from external cameras. The driver also will have a head-up display that can be as large as 10 inches and display several content areas at once:
- Lane departure
- Lane keep assist
- Adaptive cruise
- Current speed, gear and posted speed limit
One-pedal driving is available.
The truck will be sold in five trim levels, including an all-new “Tungsten” top level that will include platinum-colored, semi-bright-and-dual-textured metal accents, suede wrapping on parts of the interior, quilted leather front driver and passenger seats with 24-way power adjustments and memory settings, plus a massage function and power lumbar support. It will be topped off with a diamond-knurled Tungsten badge on the center console. A Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system will include 23 speakers and dual wireless device chargers.
Some details still could change for the 1500 REV, given the time until the last quarter of 2024, when production is slated to begin. Deliveries likely would begin in 2025. Ram didn’t announce a price target, but the REV’s outsized battery pack is going to demand a premium.