The Ram 1500 Ramcharger is a Series Hybrid Prepared for the Long Haul

March 9th, 2024 by

Miami Lakes Automall 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger

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Are electric pickup trucks real trucks? Even though these electric vehicles (EV) can tow heavy loads, several electric trucks lose half or more of the initial driving range when utilized for this task. If a pickup cannot tow for many miles or refuel swiftly, its use as a work truck must come into question. The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger could be the solution to this problem. Traditional electric trucks, such as the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T feel smooth while towing. To clarify, instead of the constant shifting of gears felt in diesel and gasoline-powered trucks, the single-speed transmissions keep the ride effortless and steady. However, the problem is the driving range when towing a trailer.

The dip in driving range is only part of the problem, but it is the cause of all other issues when towing with an electric pickup truck. For example, with lower driving distances, drivers could be tempted to recharge an EV pickup to its full driving range, taking twice as long as the fast-charging time. Moreover, pinpointing a useful charger for a truck with a trailer attached is nearly impossible. 

Indeed, sources provide an example of the arduous method: “Let’s say you need to tow something for 300 miles with your Cybertruck. The range of the Cybertruck when towing can drop down to about 100 miles. So, every 100 miles you pull into a fast-charging station, unhook the trailer, charge up and then reattach the trailer. Quite the process, right?” 

The Advantages of the Ram 1500 Ramcharger

For reference, the all-new Ramcharger is not a true electric truck. The wheels are propelled by two electric motors, one on each axle, but power is sent to these motors two ways. The Ramcharger has a large 92 kilowatt-hour battery with 70.8 kilowatt-hours of useful capacity, but there is more. This superb Ram pickup truck also houses a 3.6-liter gas-powered V-6 engine that functions as a power generator. In other words, this makes the Ramcharger a plug-in hybrid truck, not a conventional plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

Specifically, this new Ram 1500 PHEV truck is a series hybrid, making it exceedingly different from most plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Instead of the gasoline engine sending power to the wheels once the batteries are depleted, the Ram 1500 Ramcharger internal combustion engine sends power to the electric motors. This makes for a much more stable driving experience while towing than gas-propelled trucks.

The Ramcharger Specifications

The front electric motor of the Ramcharger accelerates up to 335 horsepower, while the rear motor generates 319 horsepower. When both motors are at peak power, the combined maximum output is 663 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque. Despite the staggering numbers, the smoothness of an electric truck remains in the Ram 1500 Ramcharger while towing a load because the electric motors drive the wheels.

Additionally, when the power generator operates, the continuous power produced is 174 ponies. This truck can tow up to 14,000 pounds. This raises the question of whether the pickup can continue to tow this much weight at that power. The automaker declares this truck has plenty of power to tow the maximum weight at 65 miles per hour on an interstate. Perhaps the greatest benefit the Ramcharger offers is its ability to run on gasoline for as long as necessary. This means no lengthy recharging stops while the batteries fill up, particularly when towing a trailer across hundreds of miles.

If the possibilities raised by the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger have you intrigued, please come visit Miami Lakes Automall, where we know what it takes to provide a worthwhile experience. We have an amicable sales team that will make your buying, leasing, or selling needs easy for any of our new vehicle inventory.

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