One of the extensive changes that RAM has made for the 2025 1500 is to introduce a new plug-in hybrid model called the RAM 1500 Ramcharger. The all-new 2025 RAM 1500 Ramcharger acts as a midpoint between the heavily updated 2025 RAM 1500 and the upcoming all-electric RAM 1500 REV. RAM thinks that the 1500 Ramcharger signifies the sweet spot for consumers who want a capable pickup truck, but also want better fuel economy without range anxiety, as RAM claims the truck has “unlimited battery-electric range.”
The new 1500 Ramcharger features a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 130-kW onboard generator, a 92-kWh battery pack, a 250-kW front electric drive module, and a 238-kW rear electric drive module. Combined output for the plug-in hybrid powertrain is rated at 663 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque. RAM claims the PHEV can get to 60 mph in roughly 4.4 seconds, is capable of towing up to 14,000 pounds, and has a payload capacity of up to 2,625 pounds. From a performance standpoint, the 1500 Ramcharger sounds like it’s a beast of a pickup truck.
Let’s talk about RAM’s claim that the 1500 Ramcharger has “unlimited” electric range. Unlike most PHEVs on sale today, the 1500 Ramcharger’s gasoline engine fires up once the battery pack gets low to power the 130-kW onboard generator. The generator routes power to the truck’s electric motors, which get the truck down the road. If this sounds familiar, it’s a similar system as the Chevrolet Volt. Unfortunately, RAM saying the pickup truck has “unlimited” electric range is stretching the truth.
In the 1500 Ramcharger, the battery pack, which has a usable capacity of 70.8 kWh, brings an estimated range of up to 145 miles, claims Car and Driver. With the truck’s 27-gallon tank full, the truck offers up to 690 miles of range without needing to stop for either electricity or fuel. Can the 1500 Ramcharger travel an unlimited number of miles on electricity? No, it can’t, but it does have more electric range than most all-electric vehicles and PHEVs because of the way its powertrain routes power.
Shoppers looking for a full-size pickup truck that’s ready for work use will also appreciate the 1500 Ramcharger’s ability to act as a mobile charging station. The electrified pickup truck has bi-directional capabilities that allow it to pump 7.2 kW of power to another vehicle or to one’s home.
The all-new 1500 Ramcharger will be an interesting way to split the RAM 1500’s lineup into gas-powered and electrified models. The 2025 RAM 1500 ditches its V8 engines in favor of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that makes up to 540 hp and 521 lb-ft of torque. Maximum towing capacity is rated at 11,580 pounds and payload capacity tops out at 2,300 pounds. The upcoming all-electric 1500 REV will be able to tow up to 14,000 pounds and haul up to 2,700 pounds. The EV has up to 654 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque from its dual electric motors and is expected to have a range of 500 miles.
Compared to these other RAM 1500 models, the 1500 Ramcharger represents a good middle ground. It’s more powerful, capable, and efficient than the gas-powered RAM 1500, while having more range and flexibility than the all-electric 1500 REV. We’re also expecting the 1500 Ramcharger to split the difference in pricing between the two models, too.
The 2025 RAM 1500 Ramcharger is expected to go on sale before the end of 2024, though the automaker is accepting orders for the electrified truck at RamRev.com.
Pictured: 2025 RAM 1500 Ramcharger
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