2018 Dodge RAM 1500 is a full-size truck manufactured by FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group LLC) and marketed in 2011 under the brand name Ram Trucks. Ram was part of Dodge’s light truck lineup. The name Ram was first used in 1981 in Ram and Power Ram revamped after the recall and rebadging of the Dodge D-Series pickups as well as the B-Series mics.
Ram Truck was named Truck Trend Magazine Truck of the Year five times; The second-generation RAM won the award in 1994, the third generation of Ram Heavy Duty won the award in 2003, the fourth-generation Ram Heavy Duty won in 2010 and the current Ram 1500 won in 2013 and 2014. The Ram is manufactured at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico and Warren Truck Assembly in Warren, Michigan, USA.
2018 Dodge RAM 1500 Hybrid
Dodge RAM 1500 two-mode version was planned to begin production in 2010, but Chrysler has decided to cancel it in favor of a smaller test fleet of 140 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) developed with the support of one $48 million grant from the US Department of Energy funded by the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Chrysler’s PHEV collection project has a total estimated cost of $97.4 million. The Dodge Ram 1500 PHEV was presented at the Washington Auto Show in January 2011.
The Dodge RAM 1500 is part of a three-year demonstration program designed to test and evaluate battery performance across a wide range of driving cycles and temperature environments as well as to assess customer acceptance. The PHEV demonstration vans are assembled at the Warren Truck Assembly plant in Michigan and hybrid plug-in conversion takes place at the Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Demonstrators are assigned to field trials between local and local governments, utility companies and a US Army base. Chrysler has not planned a production version.
Demonstrations of the 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 PHEV have a 345-horsepower Hemi V8 gasoline engine coupled with a two-mode hybrid transmission and an Electrovaya 12.9 kWh 355V lithium-ion battery. This configuration allows an all-electric range of more than 32 km, but as a mixed hetero, PHEV RAM does not function exclusively in EV mode. The fully charged socket starts with a charge exhaustion with limited regeneration at the upper end of the state of charge (SoC). It rises to a full regeneration capacity in the range of 70 to 95% and depletes up to 20%. Once exhausted, it enters a narrow range of cargo holds.
The 2018 Dodge RAM 1500 meets the AT-PZEV emission standards, making it the only V8 pickup complete with an AT-PZEV rating. Its fuel economy in load-depletion mode is greater than 32 mpg-US (7.4 L / 100 km, 38 mpg-imp) in the city of driving. The Ram 1500 PHEV is capable of towing up to 6,000 pounds (2,700 kg).
2018 Dodge RAM 1500 Safety
The Ram comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, side curtain airbags and an electronic stability program or ESP. During the safety tests conducted by the Institute of Road Safety Insurance (IIHS), the 2018 Dodge RAM 1500 received a good overall score on the frontal impact test and a marginal score on the side impact test, as well as the Resistance test Ceiling.