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The Ramcharger is back! Meet Ram’s new plug-in hybrid pickup

How’s 663hp, a 14,000-pound tow rating, and a 145-mile range sound?

Published: 07 Nov 2023

Hybrid pickups are nothing new; Ford’s F-150 has its PowerBoost option and the Toyota Tundra has a new i-Force Max engine. But Ram thinks it’s onto something with a robust plug-in hybrid option, giving buyers the benefits of a fully electric truck with a gas engine providing additional power and range. Also, we love a good excuse to bring back a cool name from a brand’s past. Ramcharger! Hooray!

Consider this a half-step between the refreshed Ram 1500 and the upcoming fully electric Ram Rev. And unlike other plug-in hybrids on sale today, the Ramcharger’s gas engine acts as a generator for the battery rather than directly powering the wheels. The engine in question is Ram’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which charges a large 92kWh battery pack.

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The end result? 663hp and 615lb ft of torque through a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive layout. That’s enough to scoot this pickup to 60mph in 4.4 seconds.

Ram estimates a fully electric driving range of 145 miles, but with a full tank of fuel powering the V6, total range is expected to be 690 miles. The Ramcharger can be plugged into a Level 3 DC fast charger with a max charging speed of 145kW, and like the Ford F-150, the Ramcharger has a bidirectional 7.2kW outlet, which can power your home in an outage or recharge your buddy’s EV.

The Ramcharger ups the Ram 1500’s towing and payload capacities, maxing out at 14,000 pounds and 2,625 pounds, respectively. Happily, the Ramcharger comes standard with the Ram 1500’s four-corner air springs, which help with load leveling and provide a surprisingly supple ride.

Another big deal for the Ramcharger is the inclusion of a robust Level 2 driver-assistance system similar to Ford’s BlueCruise or General Motors’ Super Cruise. This allows for legit hands-free driving on highways, and complements the Ram’s tech-heavy interior, which includes a 10.3-inch passenger display and a choice of either a 12.0- or 14.5-inch vertically oriented multimedia screen.

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While the rest of the refreshed Ram range will arrive in early 2024, the Ramcharger isn’t expected to arrive until the end of next year, around the same time as the fully electric Ram Rev. As for what it’ll cost, you can bet the Ramcharger won’t be cheap, but it’ll likely come in below the fully electric Rev, possibly making it even more attractive to truck buyers who want to dip their toes in EV waters.

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