Fiat Chrysler CEO talks about electrical pickup

Fiat Chrysler has lengthy been a favourite whipping boy for EV journalists. Of the US Huge Three, it’s been the proudest defender of the gas-powered establishment, becoming a member of GM in the fight against US emissions standards, and agreeing to pay Tesla hundreds of millions of euros to be able to keep away from producing EVs in Europe.

Nonetheless, maybe we’ve been a bit too onerous on poor Chrysler. Two years in the past, the corporate introduced a plan to develop several new EVs for the Chinese market, and it’ll launch a PHEV version of the Jeep Wrangler later this 12 months.

In contrast to rivals Ford and GM, FCA has declined to board the electrical pickup truck bandwagon. Or is that an unfair evaluation? In reality, CEO Mike Manley has talked about the thought of presumably contemplating an electrical pickup not as soon as, however twice now. Three months in the past, through the firm’s second-quarter earnings convention name, Manley mentioned, “Clearly, pickup vans is a key franchise for us, and we’re not going to take a seat on the sideline if there’s a hazard that our place will get diluted going ahead.”

Now Manley has displayed a barely brighter spark of curiosity within the idea. Throughout the latest third-quarter earnings name, in reply to an analyst’s query, he mentioned, “I do see that there can be an electrified Ram pickup within the market, and I’d ask you simply to remain tuned for a short time, and we’ll let you know precisely when that can be.”

No growth timeline, funding plans, car specs or some other particulars have been provided. In case you don’t really feel like ready, we do have loads of details about the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX pickup, which sports activities a  6.2-liter Hemi V8 gasoline engine that cranks out 702 hp and will get an estimated 12 mpg.

Supply: Detroit Free Press