Along with the 2009 Dodge Ram powertrain details this morning, Chrysler also revealed details on the upcoming Dodge Ram Hybrid. Joining the 6.7L turbodiesel announced earlier today, Dodge will unveil the Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid during the trucks 2010 model year.
The Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid combines Chrysler’s Multi-displacement System and two-mode hybrid technology with the 5.7L HEMI V8 increasing overall fuel-efficiency by 25 percent. That is the same hybrid system and engine found in the new 2009 Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen HEMI hybrids; expect output to be the same at 385-hp with a peak torque of 380 lb-ft.
Chrysler also said this morning that joining the 6.7L turbodiesel will be a new light-duty diesel during the 2010 model year. It will offer up to 25-percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 20-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
2009 Dodge Ram:
All-new Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid
The Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid, available after 2009, will be the latest addition to Chrysler LLC”s fuel-efficient lineup, joining clean diesel, HEMI and flex-fuel vehicles.
Combining Chrysler”s Multi-displacement System (MDS) and two-mode hybrid technology to greatly improve fuel economy, the 5.7-liter HEMI Hybrid V-8 offers performance and efficiency with up to 40 percent fuel economy improvement in the city and 25 percent overall. The two-mode hybrid system is currently being introduced in the company”s 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid and 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid.
The two-mode hybrid system uses electric motors to allow the HEMI V-8 to remain in four-cylinder mode more often, improving fuel economy.
In the first mode ““ at low speeds and with light loads ““ the vehicle may operate on electric power only, on engine power only, or any combination of the two. The Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid may operate in electric-only mode during slow starts (city driving) up to 25 mph, further conserving fuel and reducing emissions. In addition, the HEMI V-8 can shut down when the vehicle comes to a stop or during deceleration, to conserve fuel and then seamlessly restart when power is necessary.
The second mode, used primarily at highway speeds, augments electric assist with full power from the 5.7-liter HEMI when conditions demand it.
The Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid also features regenerative braking, which recycles electric energy that would normally be lost during braking or deceleration. This energy is reused to power the vehicle.
The Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid will also benefit from Dodge Ram”s best-in-class aerodynamics, which allows a greater operating range of MDS.