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Move over Hilux? Ram working on all-electric mid-size ute

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Ram is working on a mid-size electric ute. It won’t launch for a while but it should be quite a powerhouse when it arrives.

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Ram is working on a mid-size electric ute. It won’t launch for a while but it should be quite a powerhouse when it arrives.

Ram’s parent company, Stellantis, has revealed its plans for an EV offensive. We know that includes an all-electric full-size Ram 1500 pick-up, but it also involves a smaller, mid-size ute to fight the Rangers and Hiluxes of the world.

The new dual-cab will eventuate sometime between 2024 and 2026 (a bit more than 24 months away) It will use a new architecture called ‘STLA Large’ shared by eight other new large passenger cars and SUVs across multiple brands, offering as much as 800km of range per charge thanks to batteries ranging between 101kWh and 118kWh.

Stellantis expects to reduce battery costs by more than 40 per cent from 2020 to 2024 with two new battery chemistries. It plans to introduce solid-state battery technology by 2026 that can store more energy than current versions.

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The company added the platform will support motors developing between 125kW and 330kW and front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive configurations. It seems the motors will be axle-mounted rather than hub-mounted, which means two motors could generate up to 660kW.

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As for measurements, STLA Large encompasses vehicles sitting between 4700mm and 5400mm long and 1900mm to 2030mm wide. That would place the electric ute almost exactly between the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux in terms of size, smaller than the former but larger than the latter.

The ute will sell alongside a fully electric 1500 truck and an electric Dodge muscle car.

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The ute will sell alongside a fully electric 1500 truck and an electric Dodge muscle car.

Other upcoming electric and electrified vehicles include a hybrid Jeep Grand Cherokee later this year, as well as small cars. There even will be an electric Dodge muscle car. The company says it will use its electric commercial vehicle expertise from Europe to build EV models worldwide. It says Jeeps, known largely for going off-road, will have zero-emissions electric vehicles in every market segment by 2025.

This year, CEO Carlos Tavares said the company will have between 30 and 40 battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for sale globally through all 14 of its brands. The bulk are in Europe, and at present there are no fully electric vehicles for sale in the U.S., the world’s second-largest market.

By 2025, 98 per cent of its models in Europe and North America will have fully electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid versions.

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