Could this be the ultimate electrified truck putting the Lightning, Silverado EV, Rivian, and Cybertruck in their place? Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Nov. 7, 2023 2025 RAM 1500 Ramcharger PHEV-145 Ram released some very very very interesting news in the form of their upcoming RAM 1500 pickup truck lineup. Along with the fully electric REV EV, the all-new 2025 Ram 1500 PHEV-145 will be labeled the “Ramcharger” and its claim to fame is that it is not just a fully capable half-ton pickup truck but that it just so happens to have a 145-mile all-electric range. The debut highlighted its targeted range of up to 690 miles! See what happens when you have an all-electric daily driver but when it comes to a lengthy trip or a heavier workload – i.e. Towing up to 7-tons and a 1.3-Ton payload cap, the modern 3.6L V6 gasoline engine carries the load. The all-electric and ICE combination is substantial providing 663 hp and 615 lb.-ft of torque allowing the unloaded pickup to hit 60 in just 4.4 seconds. To make a RAM 1500 pickup into a PHEV with 145-miles requires a significant addition including a liquid cooled, 92 KWh Li-ion pack paired with an on-board 130 kW generator and sending its power to a 250 KW front and 238 KW rear electric drive module(s) (EDMs). There is no direct mechanical path from the gas engine to the wheels, so it is a serial HEV/PHEV! The electrified drivetrain is also being promoted as a full on V2G design for vehicle-to-grid or home solution. The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger single EDM on the front axle includes an auto disconnect that allows the front wheels to freewheel maximizing efficiency. The second EDM is positioned on the rear axle with an available electronic-locking rear differential. The 3.6L V6 was modified for the specific mission of powering the onboard generator, with unique packaging to make room for the front EDM. The on-board generator mounts directly to the engine while a power inverter module mounts on the vehicle and connects to a junction box. The battery is positioned under the floor in the center of the truck allowing for a completely flat floor. 50 of its 145 miles of all-electric range can be refilled in ~ 10 minutes with 400-volt DC fast charging at up to 145 kW. A full-on PHEV that can fast charge? You betcha! Like most BEV pickups, the Ramcharger can provide up to 7.2 kW of onsite power out of the bed for work tools or fun. Ramcharger Exterior The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger features a large, forward-leaning grille with subtle styling differences from the RAM and RAM REV. The bed and cab are sub-flush to reduce aerodynamic drag. When plugged in, the R-A-M badge pulsates to indicate the charging status. The charge port features Level 1 and Level 2 AC charging on the top half and DCFC on the bottom half of the charger. An all-new power tailgate and EV-specific, premium LED taillight design highlights the rear of the truck. The new 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger offers the best lockable bed storage in the segment with the unique and convenient RamBox, featuring a 115-volt outlet. RamBox is illuminated, highly versatile, weatherproof, lockable and includes drain plugs on the bottom of the storage bins. Ramcharger Chassis On the chassis front, the Ramcharger will arrive with an independent multi-link rear suspension with standard, segment-exclusive, active-level, four-corner air suspension. The adjustable air suspension enables five different modes: lowered entry/exit, lowered aero, normal, jacked up off-road 1 and maximum height off-road 2. Ramcharger Interior Like all RAM trucks, the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger will be offered with one of the most opulent interiors of any truck on the planet. Premium materials include carbon fiber, metal and leather will combine to deliver a level of luxury only available in a Ram truck. The Uconnect 5 system includes a new 14.5” central touchscreen, 12.3” digital instrument cluster, a segment-first 10.25” passenger screen, digital rearview mirror, Head-up Display (HUD) and a Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system. Other enhanced features include an e-shifter (P/R/N/D functionality with new buttons for eco mode, e-save and electric+), new regen buttons (normal, max regen with one pedal driving), a redesigned starter button that now features an illuminated power symbol, push-button trailer steering knob and an accessory switch bank that, when equipped with the 14.5-inch touchscreen, uses buttons both on the bottom of the touchscreen and directly off screen below. The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger uses performance-tuned software to pre-configure between five dynamic modes – Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow and Off-road – enabling drivers to choose a setting that meets their requirements no matter the conditions. The new Ram 1500 Tungsten trim’s Indigo/Sea Salt interior includes new platinum patina/semi-bright dual-textured metal accents, featuring diamond knurling, suede-wrapped headliner, A- and B-pillars and visors, and heated and ventilated premium quilted Natura Plus leather driver and front passenger seats with 24-way power, including memory settings and a massage function, power lumbar support and four-way powered headrests. Other features that give Tungsten a well-crafted, high-quality feel and appearance include a Tungsten badge on the center console featuring inlaid metal lettering and diamond knurling, which also proudly displays the vehicle identification number or VIN, brushed platinum patina aluminum litho bezels, a unique crystal-effect shifter center cap, an ultra-premium Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system with 23 speakers, all-new dual wireless chargers and a metal pedal kit. Ram owners can now add a digital key to their smartphone or watch to access and start their vehicle. After enrolling in Ram Connect and downloading the Ram app to a compatible device, owners can create and store digital keys in their smartphone’s wallet. They can then access their vehicle without removing the phone from their pocket. Digital keys can be shared with other compatible devices, while the owner retains full control over the access. An NFC-based smart card is provided to users as a backup. This can be used to unlock and start the vehicle in cases where the smartphone is not available. While traditional key fobs remain standard, digital keys give customers more flexibility in terms of how they access their trucks. The Ramcharger is scheduled to arrive after the all-electric 2025 Ram 1500 REV which is itself scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024. Pricing, and full trim inclusion should be available shortly before its 2025 release. Damn RAM, who would have thought!