What Is Ram’s Upcoming Range Electric Paradigm Breaker (REPB) Pickup?

Ram CEO Interview With Autoblog Sheds Some Light On Upcoming Propulsion System...

Since Stellantis’ EV Day 2021 presentation, the Ram brand has been pushing around a new electrified term that not many people have understood – Range Electric Paradigm Breaker (REPB). But thanks to the automotive online publication Autoblog and an interview with Ram CEO Mike Koval Jr., at the Chicago Auto Show, we are truly understanding what REPB will mean for the Ram Truck brand.

Ram 1500 Sketch by Ram designer Mike Gilliam. (Ram).

So what does REPB mean? Basically, it is a fancy way of saying “range-extender”. With the switch to electric vehicles, the public’s uneasiness about range anxiety (or the fear that a vehicle doesn’t have enough power to cover the distance needed to reach its intended destination) is at an all-time high. That goes double for those who actually use their pickup trucks for things like towing, which has proven to reduce range up to 50% depending on the vehicle, trailer, and road conditions. 

Not to mention, there are those who use their trucks for long-distance travel and do not want to stop for an hour or so every few hundred miles to recharge. Especially when it only takes a few minutes to stop at a gas/diesel station and top of their tank.

During the interview, Autoblog stated, “[Koval] noted that it will be a part of Ram trying to respond to customer interests and concerns, as well as offering more than expected. He didn’t go into detail about the powertrain, but it will launch alongside the electric model in 2024.”

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This means for the 2024 model year, Ram Trucks will launch not only the Ram 1500 BEV, but a Ram 1500 REPB model as well.

The Autoblog interview did not provide a ton of information about the new propulsion system, other than it would be based on the electric truck and have some sort of gasoline engine to provide power. That still doesn’t tell us if the gasoline engine will act like a generator to recharge the batteries, similar to how the Chevrolet Volt operated or if the engine will drive the rear or all of the wheels.

We could see Ram offer a small-displacement gasoline engine instead of offering a HEMI V8 as a generator, thus keeping weight down.

What we do know about the 2024 Ram 1500 BEV is that Ram Trucks promises that the truck will feature unique style and proportions. Judging by teasers from Ram in recent days, the trucks look to follow a similar shape to the all-new Chevrolet Silverado EV. Ram promises a sneak peek to gain consumer feedback, with a concept version to debut later this year.

2019+ Ram 1500 Design Sketch. (Ram).

The new vehicle will sit upon the STLA Frame architecture, which is currently based on the fifth-generation Ram 1500 platform. During the company’s EV Day 2021 presentation, Stellantis said that the STLA Frame architecture should accommodate 159 to 200+ kWh of batteries allowing a range of up to 500 miles (800 kilometers).

Stellantis says that the truck should accommodate its Electric Drive Module (EDM) #3 unit (150 to 330 kW), with two units (one front, one rear) to provide around 500 to 600 kW (670 to 804 horsepower) of output and four-wheel-drive (4×4) capability. We can also expect the 2024 Ram 1500 BEV and REPB models to follow from the rest of the electric truck offerings out there, with onboard power.

Source: Autoblog

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Many sound points made here that reinforce my claim that this rush to electric is froth with danger for the industry. Are there some who will embrace the technology and be served well by it, indeed yes. But for the vast majority there is a mountain of reasons why they fully reject this electrification hysteria, it doesn’t work for them. The no how, no way mindset of the vast majority is being wished away by a politically driven agenda of an elite few who believe they know better. Just a bit of sanity and a warning from old Mopar Willy, proceed at your peril. Jared has made some sound arguments that echo my thinking here, No how, no way. That is a loud and clear message that is being ignored. Too bad.

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Battery electric works great for fleets that have trucks running fixed routes or operating within a specific geographic region, from a fixed point. FedEx and UPS are examples of the latter. Fixed routes would be businesses such as laundry companies which have regular planned routes. The technology does not work well at all for interstate travel.

What is fun to watch is the battle of the battery electric grifters and the contractors for the next generation USPS delivery vehicles. There is a lot of corruption on both sides, and they are fighting over who gets to gouge the taxpayers.

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The REPB could be best solution for the rest of this decade for most pickup truck owners, provided it strikes the right balance between ICE and BEV.
Why? Because $4-$6/100 miles on electricity is big savings compared to $25-$30/100 miles on gas, and 600miles per tank of gas is much better than 300miles per charge, especially when range is cut in half due to moderate towing.

If someone plans to haul a fifth wheel, horse trailer or race car around the country, just buy a diesel. Full stop.

For the rest of us, to make the REPB a truly attractive option, RAM needs to give it a "small for a truck" battery (about 100kWh) in a proper dual motor BEV platform and a "small for a truck" gas engine running a generator.
Around town and for short trips, run on electricity only - much faster, much quieter and much cheaper to run than gas.
On longer trips, the range extender gives extra hours of driving.
Going off into the bush, camping, fishing or special events? Have near endless silent power for heating, cooking, making coffee, lighting, toys, charging trolling motor batteries, powering a projector for movie night, etc.

If they build it like that, it will be my first RAM vehicle.

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