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The Ram 1500 Ramcharger will be a hybrid like a locomotive

today 11/07/2023
The upcoming Ram 1500 Ramcharger by Stellantis, set to be released in 2025, will be marketed as an "electric" truck, but it is actually a hybrid with a gasoline engine. It will be sold alongside the fully-electric Ram REV. The Ramcharger's 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine is not directly connected to the wheels but is only connected to a generator that charges the batteries and occasionally sends power to the electric motors. This setup is referred to as a "series hybrid." With fully charged batteries, the Ramcharger can travel up to 145 miles without using gasoline, which is more than most plug-in hybrids on the market. It has a total range of about 690 miles with a full battery pack and a full tank of gas. Unlike most plug-in hybrids, the Ramcharger can use DC fast chargers for quick battery recharge. Stellantis is introducing both the Ram REV and Ramcharger to cater to customers who want an electric pickup truck but are concerned about range anxiety. The hybrid and electric trucks by Ram will be launched after competitors, allowing the company to observe consumer response to other electric trucks. Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares believes that the delay could be advantageous since early battery-powered trucks have been selling at discounted prices, indicating possible consumer hesitancy due to high prices. The Ramcharger is equipped with two electric motors that provide all-wheel drive and deliver up to 663 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque. The absence of a mechanically connected gas engine allows for a flat interior floor, providing additional space and storage compared to traditional gas-powered trucks.
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