Update: ‘Expanding Amazon’s Sustainable Delivery Network’ section added.
Stellantis gave the Ram ProMaster its MY2022 update in the U.S and Canada last year. In the announcement of the 2022 Ram ProMaster, the company subtly revealed that it plans to launch a Ram ProMaster EV in both North American markets in 2023.
Stellantis hasn’t revealed details of the Ram ProMaster EV yet. What’s certain is that the company will target customers considering the Ford E-Transit and GM’s upcoming full-size electric cargo van for the Chevrolet brand, which we reckon is the Chevrolet Express EV.
The Ram ProMaster is basically North America’s Fiat Ducato. Similarly, the Ram ProMaster EV could be technically related to the Fiat E-Ducato, the Ducato’s pure electric variant that debuted in April 2021 for the European region, and is now on sale.
The Ram ProMaster EV is unlikely to feature major design changes from the ICE variant. It may not feature an EV-specific front fascia like EV conversions from the passenger vehicle segment. Spy shots (via Moparinsiders.com) show a prototype testing with the same 16-inch five-double-spoke alloy wheels as the ICE ProMaster but the E-Ducato’s tail lamps with an L-shaped translucent section.
Fiat’s all-electric van comes in two battery pack options, one comprising three modules with 47 kWh energy content and one consisting of five modules with 79 kWh energy content. Organized in parallel, the modules of both 47 and 79 kWh battery packs pose no issue in case one of them fails. The other modules pick up the slack and make up for the loss automatically. Stellantis calls this feature, which it claims to be an industry-first, ‘Recovery Mode.’
The 47 kWh battery pack provides a range of up to 235 km (146 miles), and the 79 kWh battery pack provides a significantly longer range of up to 370 km (230 miles). Note that these are range figures are as per WLTP, and EPA’s testing method usually gives comparatively lower figures.
All Ducato electric configurations have a single motor generating 90 kW (121 hp) of power and 280 Nm (207 Lb.-Ft.) of torque. The maximum speed (limited) is 100 km/h or 62 mph. Customers can charge the Fiat E-Ducato with alternating current up to 22 kW and direct current up to 50 kW.
In addition to the typical Normal, Eco, and Power drive modes, the E-Ducato offers Turtle and Recovery drive modes. The Turtle mode is similar to a smartphone’s low-battery/battery-saver mode. When the battery’s charging level becomes low, it automatically activates and limits the vehicle performance so that the final 8-10% charge lasts longer. In the Recovery mode, if one of the battery modules malfunctions, the others take its place to ensure that the customer’s work doesn’t face any interruption.
Offering performance equivalent to diesel versions with zero tailpipe emissions, the E-Ducato received the Sustainable Truck of the Year 2022 award at Ecomondo in Rimini. A group of experts assessed various aspects of contenders like engine and fuel type, transmission, safety systems, comfort, connectivity, and overall sustainability before reaching a conclusion.
The Ram ProMaster EV should get the best of its donor model’s features. The ICE full-size commercial van is available with features like LED DRLs, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual USB Type C ports, a 7-inch color driver information display, Level 2 (L2) autonomous driving with Active Driving Assist, 360-degree Surround View camera, and much more.
Plenty of advanced safety and driver assistance features could be standard in the Ram ProMaster EV, including a rear backup camera, Traffic Sign Recognition, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning, post-collision braking, and Drowsiness Detection.
Stellantis may share targeted specs and planned features of the Ram ProMaster EV in the first half of year when it begins the one-year countdown to the launch.
Expanding Amazon’s Sustainable Delivery Network
As per an agreement between Stellantis and Amazon revealed on January 5, 2022, the Ram ProMaster battery electric vehicle (BEV) will be delivered to Amazon, as the first commercial customer, once it is launched in 2023. Amazon is in the process of transforming its sustainable last-mile delivery process to achieve its target of net-zero carbon by 2040 in support of The Climate Pledge. Stellantis has designed the vehicle taking input from Amazon to include last-mile delivery features. With the aim of serving the entire U.S., this long-term agreement between the two companies will put thousands of ProMaster BEVs on road every year.
Stellantis has supplied tens of thousands of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) to Amazon since 2018 in North America and Europe including Ram ProMaster, Fiat Ducato, and Peugeot and Citroen LCVs.
Ram ProMaster EV FAQs
What is the Ram ProMaster EV release date?
The Ram ProMaster EV will arrive in the U.S. and Canada next year.
What will be the Ram ProMaster EV range?
The Ram ProMaster EV could offer a range of around 200 miles (EPA est.).
Which electric vans will compete with the ProMaster EV?
The Ram ProMaster will compete with the Ford E-Transit, the BrightDrop EV600, and the yet-to-be-announced Chevrolet Express EV.
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