Ram 1500 Revolution Concept is a Three-Row, All-Electric Pickup

Kyle Patrick
by Kyle Patrick
Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept front 3/4

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.

Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept rear three-quarters

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.

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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.

Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept multifunction tailgate

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.

Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept grand saloon doors

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).

Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD)

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.

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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.

Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept grille

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 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept overhead

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.

Ram 1500 Revolution Battery-electric Vehicle (BEV) Concept rear

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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Kyle Patrick
Kyle Patrick

Kyle began his automotive obsession before he even started school, courtesy of a remote control Porsche and various LEGO sets. He later studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College, which led him to writing about cars (both real and digital). He is now a proud member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), where he was the Journalist of the Year runner-up for 2021.

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