Rumored: Ram 1500 Two Mode Hybrid Production Starts In Nov
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I suppose this is better than a NO HEMI option, eh?General Motors is supplying Chrysler with the advanced Two Mode transmissions that will be used in the Ram. The electrically variable gearbox houses two 60kW electric motors that can power the truck on their own up to about 25 mph, depending on driving conditions. As the multi-displacement 5.7-liter pushrod Hemi V-8 gas engine kicks in, the electric motors will seamlessly support it, individually or in tandem, at low and high speeds, helping the engine enter fuel-saving four-cylinder mode sooner and stay in it longer to achieve maximum gas mileage. Regenerative braking is used to capture energy that would normally be lost during braking or deceleration. The energy is stored in the batteries for later use.
The Two Mode hybrid powertrain was co-developed with GM, Mercedes and BMW. It’s the same setup found in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra gas-electric hybrid pickups.
The GM full-size hybrids can tow up to 6,100 pounds. The Ram is expected to tow about the same amount.
After 2012, Chrysler will have to find a new hybrid powertrain if the Ram is to continue to be offered with a gas-electric propulsion system. GM's future hybrid system that's coming in 2013 will be used solely by GM.