Fully-electric Ram ProMaster to debut before end of first half (H1) of 2023
Ram Trucks, the popular light to mid-weight trucks and other commercial vehicles brand sold nearly 66,000 units of the Ram ProMaster in 2022, which made it the second best-selling year in the light commercial van’s history.
Last year, the brand delivered a total of 60,936 and 5,137 units of the ProMaster in the United States and Canada, respectively. For the 2023 model year, the brand has made a number of changes in the light commercial van, including a fresh new face and a super high roof option. More changes are expected to emerge with the launch of the 2024 ProMaster. Now, the company has confirmed a fully-electric version of the ProMaster will arrive sooner than later.
While information about the electric version of the ProMaster remains scarce, Ram has hinted that the light commercial van, the ProMaster EV, will be most probably based on the Fiat e-Ducato for the European market. The Fiat e-Ducato is an electric light commercial vehicle that has jointly been developed by FCA Italy and PSA Group through their joint venture (JV) Sevel.
Launched in the year of 2021, the e-Ducato has a single electric motor capable of churning out 120 hp (90 kilowatts) and 210 pound-feet (280 Newton-meters) of torque. In the European market, it can be bought with either a 47-kWh or 79-kWh battery. According to the manufacturer’s claims, it offers a range of 170 miles (280 km) on a single charge. In urban environments, it offers a range of around 230 miles (370 km) between two charges.
Of course, potential buyers will probably be more interested in knowing the e-Ducato payload capacity. If we assume that the Ram ProMaster electric van will have similar if not matching numbers. The upcoming commercial EV should have a cargo volume in the range of 350 to 600 cubic feet (roughly 10 to 17 cubic meters) and a maximum payload capacity of 4,300 pounds (roughly 1,950 kg).
The electric version of the ProMaster is also expected to maintain its attractiveness as the existing ICE version boasts reasonably attractive design. While most of the van’s interior materials largely consist of hard durable plastics, the dashboard incorporates a host of modern technologies, including a 7.0-inch configurable display loaded with the latest Uconnect5 software, a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay Android Auto, Amazon Alexa voice-assistant and additional features.