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Friday, January 06, 2023

Ram has entered the auto industry's battle for electric truck dominance, unveiling its version of the electric pickup truck. The Ram 1500 Revolution caused a stir of hype as it debuted at CES 2023 Thursday. Auto critics have called it "sleek, futuristic, and unlike trucks today."




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And Tesla falls further behind.

#1 | Posted by Sycophant at 2023-01-06 11:38 AM | Reply

That's all well and good. So far truck EVs don't do truck things very well. Pulling loads makes mileage till next charge drop dramatically. Does the same with gas powered trucks as well. The problem with EV trucks for pulling is no transmission gearing. If you just want a run around truck for on the highway and nothing else, that will work. You want to do work with it, the EV falls through the cracks.

#2 | Posted by BBQ at 2023-01-06 01:01 PM | Reply

If you just want a run around truck for on the highway and nothing else, that will work.

That's what the vast majority of the pickup market is these days... especially the 150/1500 class.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2023-01-06 01:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I like the f150 2.7. for a light run about town go to the dump pick up.7 years old no rust 24mpg/unless you ride the twin turbo hard it then it drops in to v8 territory.90k for a new electric buys a lot of gas.

#4 | Posted by Scotty at 2023-01-06 06:03 PM | Reply

"90k for a new electric buys a lot of gas."

This was also true when you could buy a Yaris instead of a Prius fifteenish years ago. It took like seven years to break even on electricity being pennies on the dollar compared to gas.

Ask Sitzkrieg for more details including tire wear on the Yaris.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-01-06 06:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

7 years to break even but it's omitting the inevitable battery change, and yes it matters. You don't pick batteries because of economic efficiency, it doesn't exist. You pick batteries for emissions reductions. Small battery and internal combustion will always beat big battery and external combustion in total emission reductions, power density, and thermal efficiency gains making it to production. Both equally benefit from renewable based charging and small batteries more than sufficient for 99% of American commuting without having to use onboard generation.

American consumer preferences don't give a ---- about that though. 9000 lbs SUVs here we come.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2023-01-07 10:27 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Living in Northern Alberta I find the temperature extremes expose the weaknesses of design technology.

I had a 1989 grand am brand new whose rear windows would crack or explode every spring due to differing rates of linear expansion.First year insurance covered it 2nd year it was an engineering defect on part of the manufacturer.

I support the electric future but it is not proven or cheap enough to replace what I have at the movement and most of Alberta's energy is hydrocarbon based.If I was to leave a Electric in a parked state for a couple of months without a plug in it would utilize its existing energy to stop that battery pack from freezing but it eventually runs out of electrons and freezes solid.

#7 | Posted by Scotty at 2023-01-07 05:20 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by Scotty

Nobody with a functioning brain thinks electric motors will completely replace ICEs any time soon.

Electric pickup trucks will be practical in many situations.

But, obviously, not all.

#8 | Posted by Angrydad at 2023-01-09 07:12 AM | Reply

6500+ pound trucks for a 41 mile daily commute "practical". That's the most American thing I've ever heard lol.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2023-01-09 08:11 AM | Reply

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