Stellantis has teased the new Ram EV pickup for months now, revealing a shadowy concept in April and promising a full debut in the fall. Now, we’re getting our first look at the upcoming Ram EV as a test mule with the following spy photos.
From the off, this Ram EV mule appears to include Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab body and a larger 6-foot, 4-inch box. However, under the skin, the truck is riding on Stellantis’ STLA Frame EV architecture.
The exterior includes camo applied to the driver and passenger side fenders, as well as the front fascia, with black vinyl covering portions of the fenders. This latter bit is particularly interesting, as the vinyl covers a large bump around the passenger-side fender, possibly indicating the presence of the charge port.
The front end is also notable for the front bumper, which appears to jut out from the rest of the fascia, possibly as a packaging change to fit new EV bits, or to create more space for the front storage area.
The profile reveals black camo that covers the lower door sills, indicating the presence of a flat-bottom battery tray. There’s also a unique wheel design in the corners.
The rear view is also quite interesting, revealing not only missing exhaust pipes and a misaligned rear bumper, but an independent rear suspension setup with coil springs. The independent rear suspension design may have been taken from the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and would align the Ram EV pickup with the rest of the EV truck segment, including the Chevy Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV, GMC Hummer EV, Ford F-150 Lighting, and Rivian R1T, all of which incorporate independent rear suspension.
Finally, our spy photographer indicates that there was no exhaust noise, and that an orange high-voltage cable was seen connected to a rear electric motor located between the control arms.
Ram is a little late to the party when it comes to the all-electric pickup segment, trailing behind both GM and Ford. That said, Stellantis may be working to turn its late arrival into an advantage by framing the upcoming Ram EV pickup as offering all the strengths of the competition, but without any of the weaknesses. Of course, we’ll see what really happens when the all-electric Ram finally debuts this fall.