Stellantis plans electric pickup with range extender engine
Autoblog reports that in addition to the battery-electric version of its light-duty pickup expected to arrive in 2024, it will also offer a version of this truck with a range-extender engine. Now don’t fall out of your chair and start complaining about traditional automakers and their love affair with gasoline. The idea of an electric pickup truck with a range extender motor actually makes a lot of sense for certain use cases.
Caravanners, for example, who haul their travel trailers a few times a year, or contractors who need to tow a trailer loaded with machinery or materials from time to time. For them, a range extender option might be just what the doctor ordered to help convince them to switch to battery power. Most of the time the truck is used, it would run on electrons only. For those times when it’s used for towing or hauling heavy loads, the motor could compensate for the limits of battery power in such large vesicles.
Autoblog says he learned about the range extender option in an interview with Ram CEO Mike Koval Jr. He noted that Ram is trying to accommodate the needs and concerns of its customers by offering more than expected . He didn’t go into specifics about the powertrain, but said it would launch alongside the battery-electric model – which will be called the Ram Revolution – in 2024. It’s unclear if it will would act as a pure production hybrid like the BMW i3, or if the engine engaged the wheels to provide some propulsion.
Many readers will recall that the Chevy Volt was one of those series hybrids, even though it had a “backup house” mode designed to keep drivers from getting stranded on the road in the event of a major powertrain malfunction. . A few years ago, Tesla renegade Ian Wright founded WrightSpeed to manufacture an ultra-clean gas-turbine range extender for heavy-duty electric trucks and buses. Originally, Workhorse intended to include a range-extending motor in its battery-electric pickup truck so that utility companies could run them long distances to help repair the power grid after strong storms.
Today we don’t hear much about WrightSpeed or Workhorse. We don’t hear much about range extender engines either. Are they an idea whose time has come…and gone? Ram clearly doesn’t think so. Maybe it’s about something. When we know more about his plans, we will share this information with our readers.
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