Stellantis’ new Ram pickup is an EV — with a gas-powered generator in case the battery runs out. The end of the Hemi???

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2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger Tungsten
  • Stellantis plans to produce an industry-first pickup for its Ram Trucks brand that’s equipped with an onboard gas engine and electric generator.
  • The truck can operate as a zero-emissions EV until the vehicle’s battery dies and an electric onboard generator — powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine — kicks on to power the vehicle after its initial charge.
  • Ram CEO Tim Kuniskis characterized the new Ram 1500 Ramcharger pickup as the “ultimate answer for battery-electric trucks.”

DETROIT — Automaker Stellantis plans to produce an industry-first electric pickup truck called the Ram 1500 Ramcharger that’s equipped with an electric generator and a gas engine.
If that sounds like an oxymoron, here’s how it works: The truck can operate as a zero-emissions EV until its battery dies and an electric onboard generator — powered by a 27-gallon, 3.6-liter V6 engine — kicks on to power the vehicle.

The outcome is a truck with the benefits of an EV, such as fast acceleration and some zero-emissions driving, without the range anxiety synonymous with most current electric vehicles, according to Ram CEO Tim Kuniskis.
“This is the ultimate answer for the battery-electric truck. No one else has got anything else like it,” Kuniskis told reporters during an event. “This is going to be a game changer for battery-electric trucks.”
The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger is expected to go on sale in late 2024 alongside a previously revealed all-electric Ram 1500 truck without a gas-powered engine or range-extending electric generator.
Stellantis estimates the range of the Ramcharger to be up to 690 miles, including up to 145 miles powered by a 92 kilowatt-hour battery when fully charged without the extended-range power from the gas engine and 130 kilowatt electric generator.
That range compares with up to an expected 500-mile range of the all-electric Ram 1500 REV pickup. It also tops the current Ram 1500, which has a 3.6-liter V-6 engine and an up to 26-gallon tank with a total range of up to 546 miles, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Stellantis did not announce pricing of the Ramcharger, which was revealed Tuesday as part of a redesign of current gasoline-powered Ram 1500 pickups for the 2025 model year.

‘Not a PHEV’​

Kuniskis said the Ramcharger is meant as a bridge between traditional trucks with internal combustion engines and all-electric ones, which currently face significant hurdles regarding charging infrastructure and range anxiety, especially when the vehicles are towing — a main reason to purchase a truck.
Such improvements could be a differentiator for the brand, according to Stephanie Brinley, associate director of AutoIntelligence for S&P Global Mobility.
“It works to address the fact that right now the industry and the pickup truck segment in particular is not ready to just flip to EVs 100%,” she said. “It addresses some of those performance and range anxiety concerns, and it’s strong.— But the difficult part is going to be getting consumers to really understand what it does.”

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2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger Tungsten

Similar propulsion technology — referred to as extended-range electric vehicles, or EREVs — is available in overseas markets, specifically China. It’s also similarly been offered in vehicles such as the discontinued Chevrolet Volt sedan from General Motors.

Stellantis engineers said the main difference between the technology of the Ramcharger and the Volt is that the truck is being exclusively propelled by electric motors, not the vehicle’s engine, once the battery dies. It’s also expected to be the first application of it in a production full-size pickup truck.

The Ramcharger features 663 horsepower and 615 foot-pounds of torque and can achieve 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, Stellantis said. The truck will be capable of bidirectional charging, where the vehicle acts as a generator to power appliances or even an entire home, the company said.

Kuniskis, who also leads Stellantis’ Dodge brand, declined to comment on whether the technology of the Ramcharger will be used in other vehicles. Other Stellantis brands include Chrysler, Jeep and Fiat in the U.S.

The Ramcharger operates differently from current plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHEVs, that offer a range of all-electric driving, followed by an engine powering the vehicle after the battery is depleted.

“The Ramcharger is not a PHEV,” Kuniskis said. “It’s a battery-electric truck with its own onboard, high-speed charger.”

“There’s no connection between the engine and the wheels,” he said. “The gas generator is only there to charge the battery.”

Ram’s truck strategy is different from its leading competitors GM and Ford Motor. The latter is offering traditional, hybrid and all-electric versions of its F-150 full-size truck, while GM has said it plans to transition from traditional trucks to electric ones without the use of hybrids.

Stellantis currently offers PHEV versions of vehicles such as the Chrysler Pacifica minivan and Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee SUVs.

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Ram’s 2023 Super Bowl ad debuts the production version of the Ram 1500 REV electric pickup that is expected to go on sale in late 2024.

Bye-bye Hemi​

The design of the Ramcharger is a mix between the all-electric Ram 1500 REV and the refreshed gas versions of the traditional trucks, which will be available early next year.
The Ramcharger includes illuminated lines across its grille from the headlamps, new badging that debuted on the all-electric truck and other design and facia elements between the two.
For the traditional Ram 1500 models, the biggest change is the company is dropping its well-known Hemi V-8. Replacing the current 5.7-liter Hemi engine offered in the truck will be a twin-turbocharged, inline-six-cylinder engine called the Hurricane.

“Some customers are going to be upset that you’re not going to have a Hemi in there,” Kuniskis said. “Sure, the Hemi’s an absolute legend. Americans love the Hemi, but this thing flat out outperforms the Hemi.”

The 3.0-liter Hurricane engine is rated at 420 horsepower and 469 foot-pounds of torque, while a high-output version of the engine is rated at 540 horsepower and 521 foot-pounds of torque. That compares with the current V-8 Hemi at 395 horsepower and 410 foot-pounds of torque.

Inline-, or straight-, six-cylinder engines have been used in U.S. vehicles by automakers such as BMW and Jaguar, however, they’re far from mainstream in the U.S.

Other changes to the trucks include a new luxury model called Tungsten and a performance variant called RHO replacing Ram’s high-output TRX pickup that is equipped with a Hemi 6.2-liter V-8 capable of 702 horsepower and 650 foot-pounds of torque.

Article courtesy of Michael Wayland with CNBC.com
 

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Yep, a concern I share. Family up north, travel there regularly and heading out in a few days. Going to be skiing and sledding. Need massive amounts of heat to thaw toes and hands after.
 

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The Volt was an amazing engineering feat. GM was ahead of its time. my Ram isn’t a very reliable truck anyway. So why not see if the newly engineered truck can do better than 100K miles.
I have to agree, weight seems excessive. Maybe the plastic body is making up for the rest of it.
 

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My work place has a Ford electric truck. That baby is extremely powerful. The heat also is way faster and better than our gas engine trucks. it’s ungodly expensive, but it’s a great ride, tons of room and handling in Mountain snow and ice is far better than our ford or gm trucks. The electronic engineering is an amazing upgrade from the original internal combustion engines of old. I like a heavy body and frame though. The plastic undercarriage cover “protecting” some component broke easily from a rock. Our repairmen were dismayed by how expensive the cover was and what it was protecting. But all in all, the operability and driving safety features are super cool
 

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Here ya go, Canada gang...........ban all ICE vehicles will be fun on the remote, frozen, distant tundra. Eh?

Includes Ram, @crash68

Which is why the RamCharger idea is brilliant! Home charging for around town, gas for long distances and a gas engine that can always run at its most efficient speed to charge it up. It's what locomotives have been doing for decades. There will need to be a variety of types of electrification in vehicles if we are to effectively reduce CO2 emissions, have enough fuel, whatever the form (electric, gas, diesel, hydrogen... etc) and still be able to move around. I am sure that our family's next new car will be some form of electric thing. I am not sure we will go all electric or some form of hybrid. It depends on how long our 2008 Toyota Solara lasts, what is available if/when it dies and how much range in any given vehicle is available because we live in the middle of cold nowhere.

So many negative nellies in here. This old dude is actually very excited for the future of travel, because we have already proven that we can do so much in a historically short time. Think about it, its only been the last 120 years that the private sector AND government together built the infrastructure we have now (paved roads and fuel system) in this nation. They did it together by taxing users to build roads, providing consistent standards on fuel quality and regulations and rules of the road. In the last 50 years we've taken the most harmful air pollution out of our air as well. I'd love it if we could eliminate pollutants even more by cutting CO2. You watch, our children are still going to be traveling in 50 years, and doing so with even less pollution. We need a can-do attitude and a lot less negativity to get it done.
 

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Yeah, I suppose if someone were the type of person that doesn’t pay attention to their fuel gauge, and has a habit of running out of gas all the time, then an EV probably wouldn’t be ideal for them.

You deserve what you get in these types of situations....Same can be said when you get guys who chk oil level on a hill and over fill or chk tire psi by opening the air valve for a cpl blasts.....
 

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My work place has a Ford electric truck. That baby is extremely powerful. The heat also is way faster and better than our gas engine trucks. it’s ungodly expensive, but it’s a great ride, tons of room and handling in Mountain snow and ice is far better than our ford or gm trucks. The electronic engineering is an amazing upgrade from the original internal combustion engines of old. I like a heavy body and frame though. The plastic undercarriage cover “protecting” some component broke easily from a rock. Our repairmen were dismayed by how expensive the cover was and what it was protecting. But all in all, the operability and driving safety features are super cool
Hey, buy U a Lightning and report back, PLS. (sic)...
 

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All I can say is Stellantis can kiss my MF'ing ass. ******* Europeans need to get the F outta the US. I'm glad I'm old enough the 2024 will be the last truck I buy. And that ******* engineer telling how "wonderful" the hurrican't engine is just does not understand that a 6 cyi is NEVER wonderful. We don't buy hemi's for gas mileage. And all you got to do is get one grain of sand in that turbo and you're having to mortgage your house to repair it. And unless that turbo power is instant (which it ain't), all that claimed HP is useless. Just like that "seamless" eTorque ************* is as seamless as a pair of blue jeans. My 2021 5.7 Laramie Sport almost jerks my head off when I take my foot off the gas at a red light.

Yeah, I'm a pissed off grouchy old *******. But dammit, I like V8 sound to go with the power and I don't like a damn engine that sounds like a pissed off mosquito no matter how much power you claim it makes. Personally, I think you're full of !
 

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From a pure CO2 emissions reductions standpoint, assuming 100% of people can't change to all EV vehicles at once, data shows that hybrid vehicles provide the largest overall reduction in CO2. This is what the Toyota Chairman has been preaching the past year.

Yeah, Toyota is a leader in hybrids, but they are also thoughtful engineers, instead of wall street bean counters like GM (CEO Mary Barra was a Purchasing Leader).

 

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I am glad that there are now a variety of ways to power vehicles, and I hope there always will be. At least, I hope obsolescence would become a natural occurrence, and not something mandated from above. And yes, infrastructure drives much of this. I agree that whatever works best for each individual, that individual should be able to choose such. ICE, EV, everything in-between, and anything else that works. As for the RamCharger, I am really looking forward to it, as it should meet my needs quite well, and may allow me to replace two vehicles.
 

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That being said my pw is probably the last truck I will ever buy
Well, if it is couldn't get a cooler truck! I wish I could have gone PW but I needed the extra payload. I have been a fan since watching the star of the show Simon and Simon in the 80's.
 

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GM made those lumber wagons for the military too.
Those were some crude kidney pounders.
 

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OK Boomer… Some of the responses over something as simple as an engine and progress, amaze me.

NO LETS NOT CHANGE! THE OLD WAY IS THE ONLY WAY!

I like lead pipes for water. I like drilling for oil in national parks. You should beat your kids, it makes them tough. I’m not wearing seatbelts because they kill people. Big Foot is definitely real! DDT ain’t never hurt nobody. Microwave ovens cause cancer. You should always trust a Catholic Priest.

Just, don’t buy it Uncle Bob! Stand your ground and go get an old square body Chevy, Ford or Dodge Ram with big block V8’s that could barely make 150hp And got 8mpg. Ain’t anything more satisfying than slapping around 3 gears on the column with vacuum powered wipers. LOL.
 

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I had to smile at something Donald Trump said today.
He is in Iowa at the convention center where he won.

He was thanking people for showing up in the nasty weather & for their support.
One of the Senators had made a last minute drive up from Mississippi or Missouri.
Trump said it was a good thing that he was not driving an EV, because he would not have made it in time.
:)

A Media Crew was doing a report on traveling from point A to point B, in an EV, it was a fair distance.
They did their due diligence, covered both Pros & Cons.

The thing that stuck out, was that they had to be towed a couple of times, it turns out that the biggest disappointment was that so many Charging Stations were not operating, or just 1 of the Charge Ports were working & there was a line of vehicles needing a charge.

There was no violence, but there were a couple of LOUD discussions
 
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Not sure that statement held much water. First, Iowa and Missouri share a border and second, after another 10 inches of snow less than 2 days ago and winds whipping the snow into drifts and the temps to 30 below zero, all vehicles had problems. A Congresswoman on the way to an event there Saturday got rear ended by a semi.

Not sure hating EVs is the right path, people have made statements that if someone wants to own one and companies make them, good for both. EVs have sold long before EV-only mandates started. Let states like California do their thing and when the populace rejects it by buying out of state and CA car dealers go out of business things will swing again. There are enough states that will keep selling ICE vehicles.

But...

Fossil fuels are a finite resource and something, or a combination of something's need to be invented, built, and perfected. We wait until fuel is 20 bucks a gallon, too late. Think a balance of some laws and regulations with some controlled incentives are going to help us all long term. But not giving money to rich people to buy a $100k vehicle and certainly not throwing money at car chargers. Maybe restrict the money to the entry level only and to a max car price out the door of say $50k. And let private companies invest their investor money to build out a network of chargers Not perfect, just ideas that we could maybe have more middle of the road options and stop the ridiculous swinging from overzealous restrictions to drill-baby-drill. And FWIW, our main oil supplies aren't all that good to refine into gasoline anyway.
 
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