2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger Debuts as Extended Range EV; Electric Propulsion with an ICE TwistNovember 7, 2023
We knew it wouldn’t take long for Ram to introduce their all-electric pickup truck: The Ram 1500 REV, as we’ve previously reported. But in a shocking twist, the brand has announced another electric pickup option, this time with an internal-combustion twist.
The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger is the truck maker’s solution to range anxiety and the EV woes that serious truck buyers are forced to contend with; and it’s done so with the help of a gas-burning generator.
We can practically sense the confused looks now, so let us elaborate. Although Ram will be introducing an all-electric version of their 1500 series pickup in the near future, plus a refreshed version of the gas-powered Ram, the Ramcharger is a mix of the two– though, not quite a hybrid. The Ramcharger uses a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine, serving as a 130kW generator, to power up a liquid-cooled 92kWh battery pack. That battery then juices up a front-mounted 250kW and a 238kW electric drive module (EDM; essentially, an electric motor). So, in summary, that V6 does not drive the wheels in any way, aside from generating power for the battery; therefore, the Ramcharger is instead referred to an Extended Range EV rather than a typical plug-in hybrid, similar to the BMW i3 with its optional gas generator.
Now, this isn’t the only way you can replenish the battery pack. The Ramcharger can be plugged into Level 1 or Level 2 AC chargers, and even a proper DC fast charger. Ram claims 50 miles of recuperation is possible in roughly 10 minutes when utilizing 400-volt DC fast charging, up to 145kW.
And speaking of range: a targeted 690 miles. You don’t need us to tell you that’s a lot, be it for an electric pickup, a PHEV or, heck, even a gasoline truck. In the realm of performance, all this battery/generator magic stacks up to a total system output of 663 horsepower and 615 lb-ft of torque, achieving 0-60 mph sprints in an estimated 4.4 seconds. Towing is rated up to 14,000 lbs, with a max payload of 2,625 lbs. To give you a point of reference, the refreshed 2025 Ram 1500 (which we’ll report on soon) can come equipped with Stellantis’s impressive 3.0-liter Hurricane High Output inline-six turbo, with 540 horsepower and 521 lb-ft of torque. At its best, the refreshed Ram is rated at 11,580 lbs towing and a max payload of 2,300 lbs.
So, Ramcharger buyers can still use their new truck to do typical truck things. And that’s further bolstered by the foundational familiarity of the new STLA body-on-frame platform, expected to be used for other full-size all-electric vehicles. The Ramcharger is very much full-size, and while the specific bed size of the Ramcharger was not confirmed, we assume it’s the same (or very close to the) 5-foot, 7-inch bed that can be found on the 2024 Ram with a four-door Crew Cab. The bed sits semi-flush with the cab for a more aerodynamic design and there’s an onboard power panel in the back that can provide up to 7.2kW to appliances in need; ie, home necessities during a power outage. It should be noted that the tailgate is power assisted, though, so opening and closing is a breeze.
While they headlining technological achievement here is the range extender, the interior is certifiably tech-forward in its own right. The Ramcharger’s digital real estate consists of a standard 12- or an available 14.5-inch infotainment touchscreen running Uconnect 5 software, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, and an available 10.25-inch passenger screen. The latter can show navigation and paired devices, exterior camera views, or external entertainment via HDMI hookup. No official rundown of what each trim includes, but the Tungsten trim is touted as an “ultra-premium experience.” Expect a suede-wrapped headliner, heated and ventilated Nature Plus leather seating (24-way power and memory, of course), a 23-speaker Klipsch Reference Premium audio system, and an appropriate amount of metal trim pieces.
So, has all this tantalized you enough to charge into the 2025 Ramcharger? If some, you can go ahead and reserve your pre-order now (for a limited time). Just don’t expect to start seeing these on dealer lots till late next year; as for pricing, we’re sure that will be confirmed in the coming months. And when it is, we’ll bring you all the latest.