Ram PHEV (Electric/Hybrid)
On Monday, Chrysler Group formally delivered four Plug-in Hyrbrid Electric Vehicle Ram 1500 pickups to our hometown of Auburn Hills, Mich. The latest delivery of PHEV Ram 1500s is the seventh American city to receive the demonstration trucks, as part of a three-year program. Other cities currently with PHEV Ram trucks are Yuma, Ariz., San Francisco, Sacramento, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Boston and Albany, N.Y.
The PHEV Ram 1500 includes a liquid-cooled 12.9kWhr lithium ion battery pack and a 6.6 kilowatt (kW) on-board charger.
The PHEV Ram battery also acts as a rolling generator with AC power generation of up to 6.6kW, directional charging, reverse power flow and full regenerative braking used to capture more energy. For on-the-job electrical power tools, a 240 volt/30 amp four-prong outlet and 120volt/20amp duplex outlet power strip is located in the rear box. On a full charge, it can even power a house for up to two hours.
The powertrain also includes a 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine and a two-mode hybrid transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI is equipped with a Fuel Saver technology that improves fuel efficiency at highway speeds by shutting down fuel delivery to up to four cylinders.
But wait…there’s more. Later this year, Chrysler Group expects to roll out a similar fleet of 25 Chrysler Town & Country minivans that also use plug-in hybrid technology.