Ram’s 1500 Revolution EV Concept Hides Third-Row Seating—Here’s Where

The wait for Ram’s version of the all-electric pickup truck is nearly over—the Ram 1500 Revolution concept is here, and boy, is it something. Packed with unique design and features, the one aspect that might get people talking—besides the EV part—is its third-row seat. In a crew-cab pickup truck. How’d Ram pull off this pickup first without impacting usable bed space?

It might be more fair to call the Ram 1500 Revolution a four-door, extended-crew-cab pickup than a mere four-door. The length of the actual cab is said to be roughly 4 inches longer than the mega-est cab Ram sells today. It’s deceptive, thanks to the design of the bedside panels that extend into the cab area, where the extra interior space comes from. Even so, interior space is impressively maximized here. Yes, it’s a direct result of the Ram being an EV. Without the need for an engine under its hood, the front end doesn’t require as much real estate for an engine bay as a traditional ICE-powered pickup truck, and the STLA-Frame skateboard chassis that sits underneath allows for a flat, low floor profile that opens up interior space opportunities ICE trucks can’t match.

Although the concept images make the space behind the rear seats look tight, you can see there is space back there, where in normal trucks, the cab simply ends aft of the rear chairs. Ram says to access this zone where the third-row seats live, you slide the second-row chairs forward on their in-floor Ram Track rail system and hop in. All four of the forward seats can also swivel to allow for better egress, but the rails they sit on extend nearly the entire length of the cabin, meaning they have plenty of space to slide fore and aft. Even the center console is attached using these rails and, taking some liberal interpretation of Ram’s interior flexibility using Ram Tracks and how self-contained the seats are (each has its own seat belt mechanism, speakers, and grab handles), it’s entirely possible Ram could fit an extra middle seat in each of the first two rows (making each three-across) and, with the dual third-row jump seats, deliver the only eight-passenger pickup truck on the market.

So, about those jump seats. They’re fitted to the power-folding midgate, a tilt-down bulkhead like that in the upcoming Silverado EV—and the one originally fitted to the Chevy Avalanche. The perches sit higher than the second-row seats (Ram calls it “stadium-style”), just below the midgate’s retractable glass rear window.

But wait, the midgate can also be removed entirely and stored in the bed or away from the vehicle to maximize the flat floor space to use when you only need a second row for passengers. Additionally, you can remove the jump seats from the midgate entirely and attach them to the tailgate or, it’s been hinted, the other side (the outward-facing side) of the midgate, which leads us to believe that the jump seats also use the Ram Tracks system for attachment.

The only issues we can see with the jump seats, which Ram admits are intended for occasional use, is their higher cushion height likely squishes headroom, limiting them to hunched-over adults or kids. That being said, having included seats to mount to the tailgate would be a great option for those who like to go out tailgating—and reminds us of a pair of stately picnicking thrones Rolls-Royce offers on its Cullinan mega-luxe SUV. We also wonder what would actually stop someone from mounting them (or any of the Ram Track-mounted seats) in the bed and using them as external jump seats like those on the quirky, 1980s-era Subaru Brat.

If your third-row passenger needs maximum leg room, we’re guessing you could move one second-row seat to the middle rails. Or remove one or both second-row seats entirely from the truck and use all of the interior for cargo space; when not in use, the jump seats fold up or, like already mentioned, can also be removed. In short, the long-cab Ram 1500 Revolution EV pickup concept has no shortage of seating options. No word on whether any of this flexibility will carry over to the production model, but Ram is using the concept to shop ideas it’s been workshopping behind the scenes with its customers. Sit tight for more.

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