The 2025 Ram 1500 Ram Charger avoids electric truck range anxiety
- The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger is the brand’s first full-size hybrid pickup truck. It shares a platform with the electric Ram 1500 REV.
- The 70.8-kilowatt-hour battery provides an estimated 145 miles of electric range and feeds a 663-hp all-wheel-drive powertrain, with the V-6 spinning a generator as a backup.
- With a full battery and fuel tank, Ram is targeting up to 690 miles of combined driving range; It can also tow 14,000 pounds and handle a payload of 2,625 pounds.
Electric trucks are a great way to avoid gas stations and provide massive torque and performance. However, when electric pickup trucks are pressed into service to move a huge load or tow something large, their driving range and efficiency decrease while owners’ anxiety usually rises. Well, Ram thinks it has a solution for people who want a full-size truck that offers the best of both the electric and internal combustion worlds. Enter the new Ramcharger plug-in hybrid.
Plug-in hybrid pickup
The 2025 Ram 1500 Ram Charger serves as a bridge between the updated gas-powered Ram 1500 and the upcoming electric Ram 1500 REV. The new Ramcharger — an apt moniker last seen on Dodge’s large body-on-frame SUV, which was sold in the U.S. from 1974 to 1993 — is a plug-in hybrid, but it’s nothing like most current PHEVs .
Unlike the majority of hybrid cars, the Ramcharger’s gasoline engine is only used to generate electricity rather than directly powering the wheels as well. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 under the hood powers a generator that can be used to power the truck or recharge the 70.8-kilowatt-hour battery, which is huge compared to typical PHEV batteries.
Ram estimates that a full charge will provide 145 miles of pure electric driving range, and when the battery’s state of charge drops below a certain percentage, the gas engine provides a safety blanket by extending the range. Three selectable EV modes (Electric+, E-Save and Eco) plus separate driving modes such as Off-Road, Snow, Sport and Tow determine how early the ICE intervenes.
When connected to a DC fast charger, the Ramcharger’s 400-volt electrical architecture can charge at a rate of up to 145 kilowatts, which Ram says can add 50 miles of range in 10 minutes. At home, most people will use a Level 2 (240 volt) truck charger rated at 11 kilowatts.
The Ramcharger also lives up to its namesake by being a mobile charging station, with two-way capabilities allowing its maximum output of 7.2 kilowatts to power a home or recharge a stranded electric vehicle. The Ram’s on-board alternator is accessible through the charging port or power plate in the cargo box, and is similar to those found in the Ford F-150 Hybrid and F-150 Lightning pickups.
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Featuring front and rear electric motors that combine for 663 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque, the all-wheel-drive Ramcharger boasts an estimated 4.4-second time to 60 mph. When you’re not racing between stoplights or when dual-axle traction isn’t needed, the truck’s front motor is automatically disconnected from the wheels to improve efficiency. The rear axle also offers an electronic differential for improved traction when needed.
With the fuel tank and 27-gallon battery full, Ram claims the Ram Charger can travel up to 690 miles without stopping. Of course, that estimate of about 700 miles is probably not based on sustained highway speeds, where electric-powered vehicles aren’t as efficient as they are in stop-and-go traffic.
Obviously the same warning applies to towing, especially when the Ramcharger is hitched to anything approaching its 14,000-pound maximum capacity. Not only does that match the Ram’s EV rating, it’s also about 2,400 pounds higher than gas-only trucks. The Ramcharger also bests its ICE counterpart with a payload capacity of 2,625 pounds (up from 2,300 pounds).
Structure on STLA frame
Just like its electric sibling, the Ramcharger uses a specific body-on-frame platform called the STLA Frame. Made of steel, it has wider frame rails that save space and help protect the battery and fuel tank. Along with an independent rear suspension, every Ram Charger has standard air springs at all four corners allowing for ride height adjustment.
Despite the differences below, the Ram Charger looks more like its non-hybrid siblings than the Ram 1500 REV. The easiest way to identify the PHEV version is by the “RAM” badges on the bodywork, which feature an exclusive design shared only with the EV truck. Otherwise, most Ram Chargers can be distinguished by unique body-color accent pieces and taillights that branch out to the tailgate.
While Ram’s hybrid pickup will likely only be offered with a crew cab and single bed configuration, the lineup will include luxury models like the Tungsten and Limited to more modest models like the Laramie and Big Horn and even a dealer like Workman. We don’t yet have a detailed list of standard features for Ram’s lower-spec Chargers, but we do know that the more impressive examples will live up to the brand’s lavish reputation.
Inside the Ram Charger
The Ramcharger’s interior is virtually identical to other full-size Rams, which have long featured premium fit and finish. The dashboard hosts a fully digital gauge cluster and a 12.0- or 14.5-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 5 software, which means wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Ramcharger can also be equipped with a 10.3-inch touchscreen facing the front passenger, a camera-enabled rearview mirror, dual wireless charging pads, and a head-up display. Along with a host of popular active safety features, the Ramcharger offers a hands-free Level 2 driver assistance system, similar to GM’s Super Cruise and Ford’s BlueCruise.
Anyone looking for a hybrid pickup truck that’s almost as luxurious as a Mercedes-Benz S80e PHEV, Ramcharger’s top-of-the-line tungsten model might meet their expectations. The interior is covered in rich leather, including quilted front seats with 24-way adjustment and massage functions. Additionally, it has a two-tone Indigo and Sea Salt color scheme, a micro-suede headliner, and metallic accents with diamond knurling.
The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger isn’t expected to go on sale until closer to the end of 2024. However, Ram says it will be taking reservations for a limited time to pre-order the truck on RamRev.com. Although pricing won’t be revealed for a while, we expect the hybrid car to cost less than the electric car version, which has a much larger battery.
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