Etorque battery voltage

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good day gents….
I have a 2021 Ram with the 5.7 etorque and I notice the gauge for battery voltage only ever reads 13.5 or 13.6.
On any vehicle I have ever owned, a good alternator will charge at up to 14 v after you start your engine and deplete battery. I know how to check battery voltage/ drain as well as alternator output but I know NOTHING about this etorque system. I don’t have an issue, truck starts etc etc but it is fully loaded with electric kit and I don’t wanna go into winter where everything will be on to find I have an issue.
I have read posts elsewhere but everyone seems to have different voltage with etorque. I believe that the large 48v battery tops up the normal 12v system correct?
I think what I am after here is reassuring that all is well!
new truck, new worries etc!
I do like this etorque, it is so smooth changing gears and it definitely gives and extra boost on take off if you need

many thanks fellas. I own a battery charger, spare batteries, jumper cables, battery maintainer AND another vehicle so not a huge drama!
 

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I have a 2021 1500 V6 version and my battery voltage,on the gauge, reads the same as yours. I have no way of knowing, but I suspect the 48 volt etorque system is more of a big capacitor than an actual battery, based on what I have read and how it seems to operate.
 
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So, you have presumably no issues? As long as there is 12.8v to crank when you need it should work!
I put every load on the system I could today and battery went to 12.4, but once started up it went to 13v immediately. I am so used to seeing 14ish at the battery after initial start with my old truck with high capacity alternator. Even my other half’s Renegade read 14v
Oh well, that’s what the warranty is for.
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Like said above, you're talking two totally different systems. The charging system for the vehicle's electrical system and the juice supplied to the E-Torque "drive motor" are two totally separate entities.

I would imagine when E-torque goes into 'motor mode', it pulls only from the 48VDC suitcase behind the seats.
 
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I THINK from what I have read only that the 48v system has the ability to recharge/back up the 12v system. Someone posted a very good video on here describing the etorque and what it does. I have no issue with it, it’s seamless and completely’behind the scenes’
I think my wife is right, if I don’t have something to worry about I will invent it!
 

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I only have about 200 miles on my truck, but so far so good.
 
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Which torque? 5.7. What does your battery gauge read? I met a bloke only today with a Limited and his was slap bang on 14v
 
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I’m sorry you already answered that one!
I am a new boy at this. Can’t keep the posts in order.
thank you tho and glad we both like our etorques!
 

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I have a 2021 RAM 1500 with the 5.7L Hemi and e-torque. While I can’t address your battery issue, the link below is an interview with one of the eTorque engineers who simplifies the explanation about eTorque and six things it does while driving a vehicle equipped with it. It is a straight-forward, well presented and worth watching the video:
https://youtu.be/Nwnw452p2ZA

Secondly, having had battery issues with previous vehicles equipped with all of the electronic add-ons where something is always pulling a charge from the 12V battery, if my truck is not being driven for 3 days or more, I simply keep the battery connected to a Battery Tender to maintain a full charge. Peace of mind.
 
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Yes exactly,RBJRBJ
I have been thinking along those lines. What with the power running boards popping in and out, all the Xmas tree lights inside( although they do look nice) and the fact I mostly do short trips I intend to keep my battery maintainer very close to hand, especially in the winter!
thanks for that video link, very informative indeed
 
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