The part I love about the electric RAM: it is obviously a Unibody (well, unibody on top of the electric platform frame) and has 4 wheel independent suspension. Other trucks that are going this route (or at least the IRS): the F150 Lightning and Rivian R1T. Why do I find this amusing? Well, truck guys have spent years belittling a great little light-duty truck, the Honda Ridgeline, for being Unibody (on frame, look it up there is a frame welded to the bottom of the whole unibody platform) and for IRS. IRS wasn't "strong enough" according to the truck guys (who ignored that it was the IRS that gave the Honda the best payload in the mid-sized class, as well as ignoring that most trucks gave up on IFS long ago). Now we see the F150 Lightning and Rivian R1T have towing numbers that match or beat the "traditional" crowd while riding on the supposedly "weak" suspension. It turns out the suspension type is not a limiting factor these days, and IRS returns far better handling and ride. The "traditional" crowd may have to finally accept that it is time for trucks to evolve from design that dates back to when horses and cars shared the road. I look forward to seeing what innovation comes of letting go the idea that trucks must be built a certain way to accomplish what their owners will use them for, technology dictates otherwise. Besides, if we are honest, although many like to brag that their leaf-sprung, lifted, off-road tired truck can theoretically tow 12k lbs and drive off the lot and straight onto the trails at Moab, recent surveys reveal that up to 70% of trucks will never go off-road or pull a trailer (see the 2019 Strategic Vision survey) and are more likely going to be seen taking kids to school, sitting in the Starbuck drive through, and then heading to an office parking lot, with an occasional weekend trip to Lowes being the closest it will ever see to work, and parking on the lawn being the furthest it will ever go off-road. Since that is how it is being used, IRS will give the performance needed, while delivering that improved handling and ride.
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Brilliant observation. What I find scary today is how few people honestly understand how our incredible and unprecedented standard of living came to be, and what it takes to keep going. Life for most in America today is so incredibly easy and care-free. The day-to-day life my grandparents endured for the first halves of their lives would kill most Americans today. They haven't a clue as to how the complex infrastructure that makes our lives so easy works. We have an entire generation now that only knows that they can poke their finger at their smartphones and 24-48 hours later, almost any good imaginable will show up at their doorstep. Another thing people have trouble grasping is basic economics in the sense that they expect to be making $50-an-hour or more, but then can't understand how someone in their own employ doing actual, physical things would charge anything similar.
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