The Ram 1500 RamCharger is an EV that goes further on gas

Produced by Stellandis A new electric powered Ram truck A large EV battery pack coupled to a gasoline engine can extend the range for long trips without frequent charging stops. The automaker’s new pickup, the 2025 Ram 1500 RamCharger, claims to go 690 miles on a full tank of charge.

As the Ramcharger runs on dual electric motors, 250kW at the front and 238kW at the rear, it is an EV. But functionally, it’s like dealing with a plug-in hybrid. If you recall Chevy’s discontinued Volt, it also operated like an EV and offered about 50 miles of pure range — but a gas engine kept the EV system powered once the battery was depleted. The Ramcharger is basically like a bigger version of the Volt.

You get EV benefits, including quick acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and a 92kWh battery that lets you drive long distances without burning any gas. According to Car & DriverThe Ramcharger has a usable battery capacity of 70.8kWh and can drive up to 145 miles on electric power.

You don’t get a spacious front torso (Frank) are all electric pickup trucks. Instead, there’s a 3.6-litre V6 engine in the bay, which fires up when the battery runs low, driving a 130kW internal generator that keeps the Ramcharger’s electric motors rolling. (The engine doesn’t directly drive the powertrain.) On gas, the truck is only capable of 174 horsepower—but with a charged battery, Stellandis says it has a peak output of 663.

Earlier this year, Stellandis announced an all-electric pickup called the Ram 1500 REV, which will feature a much larger 229kWh battery with a claimed range of 500 miles on a single charge. Although the Ramcharger has a hybrid configuration, both of the company’s trucks are rated with similar towing and payload capacity. The Ramcharger is rated to tow up to 14,000 pounds and can carry a payload of up to 2,625 pounds.

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Ford is currently the only legacy automaker offering a work-oriented electric pickup truck on the market. But when running with a full load in the rear, the drivable range takes a significant nosedive, from about 278 miles (AAA-tested range) to 210 — a nearly 25 percent reduction. Stop at electric vehicle chargers to go further. But in the case of the Ramcharger, it will technically continue to run on fossil fuels.

Inside, the RamCharger brings screens. It has a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a large 14.5-inch infotainment screen, and a 10.25-inch display for passengers for entertainment that supports HDMI input for things like video game consoles. Drivers also get a heads-up display and a digital rearview mirror. Owners can come into the drive with a digital key on a smartphone, and use an NFC-based keycard as a backup.

Just because a Ramcharger has a gas engine doesn’t mean you want to burn fuel. As long as you keep the truck charged, preferably at home, you can use it on short trips and don’t need to stop at gas stations. Sure, a big pickup truck, plus the weight of a battery, gas engine, and fuel tank, the Ramcharger has a brutal curb weight and shouldn’t be your primary daily driver.

For longer trips, you’ll need to take the Ramcharger to one of the many DC fast charging stations (which hopefully work) or one of Tesla’s new Superchargers that support the CCS port. The Stellandis is yet another to adopt Tesla’s successful NACS charging port.

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