Hurricane I6 and ‘infinite’ Ramcharger EV in 2025 Ram 1500
In a matter of years, the Ram 1500 has gone from being the newest (and best) pickup available to the oldest. With new turbocharged six-cylinder engines replacing the antiquated iron-block Hemis and a range-extended electric model boasting an astonishing 690 miles of total theoretical range, the Stellantis truck build is hoping to outperform the competition once more for the 2025 model year. Best of all, you won’t ever need to visit a charging station.
As stated differently (as Ram repeatedly stated in their announcement), the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger’s range is practically infinite. There’s never a dead drive battery with this onboard generator—which resembles, sounds like, and is actually just a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6—unless you run out of gas. Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Ram brand, said, “Range anxiety is gone.”
Regarding the conventional battery-operated Ram REV, the specifics have previously been revealed.
In fact, the Ramcharger should be able to brush off any performance worries with relative ease. Ram claims that the new electric truck would have an effective range of 690 miles and generate 663 horsepower and 615 lb.-ft. of torque. It should be able to reach 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds with that power, which is only 2/10ths slower than a Dodge Challenger Scat Pack. Two motors provide the power. The rear unit adds 238 kW (320 horsepower) to the front unit’s 250 kW (335 horsepower). That Pentastar V6, which is connected to the 92-kWh battery pack and functions as a 130-kilowatt generator, supplies them with energy.
Above all, this isn’t a hybrid. Under all that sheet metal, sure, there are both gasoline and electric motors, but the axles can only be driven by the electric motors. The 3.6-liter Pentastar engine’s sole purpose is to serve as a generator for the battery pack; it has no mechanical output capable of rotating the Ramcharger’s wheels. This is a battery-electric vehicle for all intents and purposes, including—and crucially—complying with government regulations.
But it’s still a truck, so don’t worry. Indeed, it surpasses the departing gasoline-powered Ram 1500, which has a maximum trailering capacity of only 12,750 pounds, with a maximum tow rating of 14,000 pounds (class V). Along with a 2,625-pound cargo capacity, that is. This contraption has a lot of mulch-hauling capacity, even with that big, heavy battery pack.
Not all of the news regarding the 2025 Ram lineup is over, even though that could be the most significant. The passing of the Hemi V8 would have made headlines in any other year, but paradoxically, the silent Ramcharger eclipsed it. It’s hardly shocking, but it is noteworthy that Ram is ditching the 5.7- and 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engines in favor of the new Hurricane inline-six. The Hurricane I6 was first introduced in the high-end Jeep Wagoneer and the volume-driven Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Ram will come in both versions in addition to the 3.6-liter Hemi V6 that is returning. The 1500 won’t have a V8 or diesel engine available in 2025. Yes, you’re correct—no V8, TRX included. That sub-model is currently “shelved,” according to Ram.
The high-output engine has ratings of 540 horsepower and 521 lb.-ft. of torque, whereas the 3.0-liter Hurricane engine has ratings of 420 horsepower and 469 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Ram, the 2025 Ram 1500 has a maximum payload of 2,300 pounds and a maximum towing capability of 11,580 pounds, which are both smaller than the Ramcharger’s capabilities but still fairly good. The 3.6-liter Pentastar engine (as opposed to a generator) was not specified by Ram, although it is reasonable to presume that it retains its 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. If not, it ought to be within reasonable bounds. The company’s TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission will be the only option available for all three engines.
According to Ram, a new rear axle will be added to the 1500 by 2025. Depending on your engine and towing options, it will be available in 3.21, 3.55, or 3.92:1 ratios; the electronic locking rear differential option is back, which is a given.
An additional 2025 addition is an ultra-premium trim called “Tungsten,” which should allow Ram to push the 1500 into six-figure territory without the aid of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine seen in the TRX. Ram’s description sounds as good as it might come from an outdated Bentley brochure; you should definitely read it for yourself. Look it over:
In addition to the suede-wrapped headliner, A- and B-pillars, visors, and 24-way power heated and ventilated premium quilted Natura Plus leather driver and front passenger seats with memory settings, a massage function, power lumbar support, and four-way powered headrests, the Tungsten’s Indigo/Sea Salt interior boasts new platinum patina/semi-bright dual-textured metal accents with diamond knurling. A Tungsten badge with inlaid metal lettering and diamond knurling on the center console, which also prominently displays the vehicle identification number (or VIN), brushed platinum patina aluminum litho bezels, a distinctive crystal-effect shifter center cap, an ultra-premium Klipsch Reference Premiere audio system with 23 speakers, brand-new class-exclusive dual wireless chargers, and a metal pedal kit are additional features that give Tungsten a well-made, high-quality feel and appearance.
All caught up? Alright. since we’re going to move on. Redesigned touchscreens (12-inch standard, 14.5-inch customizable, and 10.25-inch available on the passenger side, a la Grand Cherokee) are among the other interior enhancements. The company’s new “Atlas” electrical architecture, which is used in the 2025 Ram 1500, allows for all of the battery-electric tricks as well as the newest technology integrated into Uconnect 5, such as level 2 and level 2-“plus” semi-autonomous driving suites. Ram has also included an adjustable, full-color head-up display (HUD) with safety alerts for adaptive cruise control, lane departure, and lane keep assist, in addition to turn-by-turn navigation, current speed, gear, and speed limit. On the opposite side of the steering wheel is a 12.3-inch cluster display.
Additionally, a 1.8-kilowatt onboard inverter (like the low-output variant of Ford’s Pro Power Onboard) powers in-cabin and in-bed accessories. The digital rearview mirror is back and is further integrated with the truck’s tow and haul modes. It’s helpful to have a digital backup for these kinds of things, as we recently discovered.
The Ramcharger will hit showrooms somewhere in late Q3 or early Q4, while the 2025 Ram 1500 will go on sale early next year. Check back soon for more on pricing and packaging as the sale date approaches. Pay attention.
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