Rear Admiral Rickard Onmi
2018 Ram 3500 CCLBSRW
I'm not sure hydrogen will be able to take off to be able to do the job. for a number of reasons, #1 the infrastructure is not there. It will need to be built up from the ground up, and there is already more EV charging locations then hydrogen locations. While it could be argued that hydrogen could be an easier transition, its still in IC engine. When many states are banning sales of new IC engine vehicles, starting in the 2030s. Being a Washington state resident, i expect my last diesel vehicle to be purchased in 2028 or 2029. Once purchased it won't be sold until availability of fuel is to the point where it's impractical. So maybe the 2040s? If someone wanted to do something radical, look at the trains. Put in a small diesel generator, and a power pack. Give the batteries enough charge for 100 miles, and a generator capable of keeping up to add another 4-600 miles of range off a tank of fuel. All of the technology currently exists to do this. The generator can run at a constant speed for peak efficiency and economy meaning a smaller engine, smaller fuel tank, and better range with less emissions. Instant torque of electric motors can be a game changer, if someone just wants to put forth the effort to make a true hybrid and to try and simplify things, rather then complicate things."During its EV Day 2021 presentation, Stellantis said that the future of the Ram Heavy Duty lineup will be electrified. Koval seems to have confirmed that, in his interview with Motor Authority. However, don’t expect it to happen anytime soon. The current fourth-generation Ram Heavy Duty will receive several new updates for 2023, allowing the truck to at least continue production in its current state till 2028.
Koval explained that the possibility of an electrified Heavy Duty pickup could take place in the 2030s, however, he expects that timeline to be pulled forward dramatically.
Another interesting point, dropped by Stellantis during the EV Day 2021 presentation was the possible use of hydrogen fuel cells for the Heavy Duty pickup segment. Koval seemed to confirm that as he told Motor Authority he believes hydrogen fuel cells could be an interesting solution for both Heavy Duty pickup and Chassis Cab customers. He stated that RAM is looking at the possibilities, however, nothing has been decided on as of yet."
Cummins may power Ram’s hydrogen future – Stellpower