Chrysler’s New Ram Plug-In Hybrid Pick-Up Truck
Chrysler have developed a plug-in hybrid Ram truck, initially for use only by fleet operators the vehicle was developed with $48 million from the US Government. The Ram uses a 12 kWh battery pack developed by ElectroVaya, this gives the truck a 20 mile range on electricity alone before the 5.7L Hemi V8 is required for further range.
Obviously a 5.7L Hemi V8 isn’t the most environmentally considerate engine, however this truck is a huge step in the right direction. Most trips around town are 20-30 miles so a fair amount of this trucks usage could be electric only, depending on the payload’s effect on range.
There is no official word yet on when this might be available to customers however it has to be assumed it will be at some point, once the testing phase with fleet operators is complete.