Stellantis unveils 2nd-generation e-vans & sets 2024 Ram ProMaster EV launch date
Stellantis, the automobile giant that came into existence as a result of the merger between Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group, used its recent "Commercial Vehicles Ambition Day" event in Amsterdam to unveil 12 second-generation electric vans an reaffirm the arrival of the Ram ProMaster EV in North America by the end of 2023.
The announcement about the second-generation electric vans primarily focused on the European market. The list updated electric vans that the automobile giant is planning to launch in Europe includes the likes of the Citroen e-Berlingo, Opel/Vauxhall Combo, and the Fiat Doblo. For the North American market, the automaker confirmed that the Ram ProMaster EV will debut by the end of this year, and it will be followed by the Ram 1500 REV electric truck that should arrive by the end of 2024.
Stellantis further unveiled plans for the launch of four battery-powered electrified Ram pickup trucks within the next couple of years.
Xavier Peugeot, Senior Vice President of Stellantis Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, said, “This second generation of zero-emission vans will offer increased BEV autonomy, additional fuel-cell offerings, 18 ADAS features, full connectivity, and innovations such as ‘electric power take off’, and will reinforce even further our current leadership in BEV vans and in all van segments.”
The 2nd-generation vans unveiled by Stellantis come with a host of impressive specifications. The so-called “Compact” model now boasts a range of 205 miles, which mar a significant increase of 31 miles compared to its predecessor. The battery size used in this model remains undisclosed. Moving up to the mid-size van, it offers a substantial range of 224 miles with the additional advantage of variable battery capacity ranging from 50 to 75 kWh. However, the real standout is the large van, which delivers an exceptional range of 261 miles and features a substantial 110 kWh battery capacity. Notably, it supports fast charging, allowing for a rapid 0-80 percent state of charge in under an hour, thanks to a powerful 150-kilowatt fast charging rate.
The aforementioned e-vans also incorporate additional features like regenerative braking, a heat pump for enhanced performance in winter, larger gauge clusters, and advanced infotainment screens with new user interfaces. Furthermore, the large e-vans include Level 2 driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control with stop-&-go functionality, lane cantering, and traffic jam assist to enhance the overall driving experience.