The 2025 Ram 1500 REV’s 14,000-Pound Max Tow Target Is More Impressive Than You Realize
Ram is making big promises for its first electric pickup truck. If it can deliver, it’ll be a big deal.
There's been so much buzz surrounding the 2025 Ram 1500 Rev this week, mainly because of its targeted 500-mile max range. We've barely seen that from electric sedans, let alone mighty pickups that weigh almost as much as a city bus. But let's not forget that it needs to tackle work like a truck, which it promises to do by towing up to 14,000 pounds.
That's a big number, especially for a sub-HD pickup. The 2023 Ford F-150 maxes out at 14,000 pounds but it's gas-powered with a traditional solid rear axle and leaf springs. What's more, Ford achieves that number with a single-cab, two-wheel-drive model that's a lot lighter in comparison. Meanwhile, the Ram has a lot working against it—a colossal battery pack, four-wheel drive, four full doors, and independent rear suspension. The latter isn't so much a handicap as it is an unorthodox setup for hard-working rigs, but it's worth mentioning.
With all that context, you can start to see why 14,000 pounds of towing capacity is a pretty bold claim for the Ram 1500 Rev. Sure, its GVWR might make it a Class 3 vehicle like the Ford F-350, but it's likely using 3,000 pounds or more of its rating to lug around its battery pack. We can look at the GMC Hummer EV for reference, which weighs more than 9,000 pounds thanks in part to its 200-kilowatt-hour battery; the long-range Ram gets a 229-kWh unit. It'll likely take some serious weight loss with a barebones Tradesman model to make that targeted max happen, but it's not out of the question.
The Rivian R1T is the current king of electric trucks when it comes to towing. It maxes out at 11,000 pounds of trailering capacity, and it's followed closely behind by the Ford F-150 Lightning which can pull 10,000 pounds when properly equipped. These trucks have IRS, four-wheel drive, and four full doors like the Ram will, but their battery packs cap out at 135-kWh and 131-kWh, respectively.
It surely helps that the Ram 1500 Rev has eight-lug hubs, which we're used to seeing on trucks with the Cummins diesel. They indicate a sturdy foundation paired with the truck's STLA Frame construction, which you might've guessed is body-on-frame.
There's no way to know more about the electric truck's underpinnings until Ram reveals it or we get a close and personal look at a production model. That might be a while as the 1500 Rev is slated to go on sale in late 2024, but I'll be working to uncover more in the meantime.
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