Few expected the Ramcharger’s return this morning; but the 2025 Ramcharger is not the brawny truck-based SUV of past years. Instead, it is an extended-range Ram 1500 REV, with a Pentastar-powered generator that can keep the electric drive system charged for endless range.
Some of you might immediately think that the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger is a hybrid—and so a pedant might say it is, but not in the traditional automotive sense. The Ramcharger is closer to a series hybrid, like diesel locomotives; the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine has no mechanical connection to the wheels. There is no transmission, no driveshaft, and no traditional differential, just a V6 powering an electric generator to charge the EV battery pack, which then powers electric drive modules at each axle.
The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger delivers 663 horsepower and 615 lb-ft of torque, allowing this four-wheel-drive pickup to scoot from a stop to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. This is achieved by means of a 250 kilowatt electric drive module (EDM) at the front wheels and a 238 kilowatt EDM at the rear wheels, both of which are powered by the 92 kilowatt-hour battery pack. When the battery pack begins to run low, the 3.6-liter V6 generator system engages to provide 130 kilowatts of charging power.
Say that you are just running errands around town or making an average daily commute to the office – you could do so purely on electric power, having charged your Ramcharger at home overnight. Any EV can do that, but say that after work, you wanted to pick up your wife and kids at home and then drive to see some relatives who live 500 miles away. A normal EV would need time to sit and charge, but the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger does not. Even without charging at the office, you could fill the gas tank of the Ramcharger, pick up the family and head out on your weekend trip without any concern of running out of battery power. You also wouldn’t have to worry about finding charging stations along the way.
“With unlimited Battery Electric range, the Ram 1500 Ramcharger is the pinnacle of the light-duty pickup truck segment and the ultimate electric truck,” said Tim Kuniskis, Ram brand CEO – Stellantis. “The new Ramcharger is a beast of a light duty – 663 horsepower, 615 lb.-ft of torque, four-second 0-60 mph, 14,000 lbs. of towing… and zero need for a public charger.”
When starting out with a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas, the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger has a total range of 690 miles, but with a quick stop at any gas station, you could drive coast-to-coast purely with electric propulsion – and the assistance of the on-board generator.
In addition to having endless EV range, the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger has a massive advantage over other electric pickups when it comes to towing and hauling. The Ramcharger can tow up to 14,000 pounds and haul up to 2,625 pounds in the bed, but we all know how adding loads of weight to an EV destroys the range capabilities. One of the biggest knocks against the modern Ford F-150 Lightning is that when towing, the range drops horribly, but thanks to the on-board generator, that isn’t an issue with the new Ramcharger. Once the battery gets low, the generator kicks on and keeps the power levels high enough to keep on truckin’.
The Ramcharger will be available in a variety of trim levels including Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Limited and Tungsten, sporting the new front fascia design and similar taillights to those showcased on the Ram REV. On the inside, the Ramcharger can be outfitted with the latest premium gadgetry, including a 12- or 14.5-inch infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, Head Up Display, a 10.25-inch passenger side screen, massaging seats, a 23-speaking Klipsch sound system and much more.
If you are interested in being one of the first people to own a 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger, you can “reserve a place in line to pre-order the all-new Ram 1500 Ramcharger and Ram 1500 REV” on the RamRev.com website.
The Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan switches the V6 engine to the Atkinson cycle when needed, so it’s quite possible that the Pentastar in the Ramcharger is not going to be set up quite the same way as the one in a standard Ram 1500. These details have yet to be released.