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If a production schedule posted at Allpar is to be believed, Chrysler will kick off production of the new Ram 1500 hybrid on November 16, 2010. The Ram hybrid inherits the same 5.7-liter Hemi V8, two-mode hybrid powertrain that was in the short-lived Dodge Durango/Chrysler Aspen hybrids in 2008. The two-mode hybrid transmission is supplied to Chrysler by General Motors and is the same unit (aside from the mounting face of the case) used in GM's full-size trucks. We expect the Ram hybrid will get similar mileage to the GM trucks, with a city number of about 21-22 mpg.

At some point, a hybrid version of the Chrysler minivans may appear as well but that probably depends on GM launching production of the front-wheel-drive two-mode transmission. That was originally scheduled to happen in late 2008 along with production of a two-mode version of the Saturn Vue. We're now expecting that powertrain to turn up in some production vehicle possibly in 2011, although GM has yet to make any announcements since it abandoned a plan last summer to re-badge the Vue as a Buick.

[Source: Allpar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      One more time!
      why not the LS2LS7? says:
      >>>The GM two-mode system is tops in its class. I think you're confusing it with the BAS used in GM sedans and the Saturn VUE.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is there still this massive outdated gas engine? Who needs that? Put some 3litre diesel in there, have even bigger torq, but with less consumption. Add hybrid to the mix and there you go. A very nice 35-40mpg truck ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      A very good article. Have you ever done a Rapidshare Search ( http://rapidqueen.com ) before? I recommend to try it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Erm.... you could do a lot better than GM's hybrid system... then again, this is Chrysler we're talking about.

      Business as usual. Nothing to see here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're right dude. I looked it up on Wikipedia, i was misinformed. I thought it was weaksauce like the BAS. That's what i get for only paying attention to sedans and not knowing my p's and q's for trucks/SUV
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think you're actually paying attention. The GM two-mode system is tops in its class. I think you're confusing it with the BAS used in GM sedans and the Saturn VUE.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM's Hybrid technology is, believe it or not, one of the most advanced worldwide...

      Now what I'd REALLY like to see is a plug-in hybrid Ram that gets say...10 miles of EV range...that alone would be awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not put a 2.5l Diesel engine in this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eventually only sport cars will have mild hybrid systems like this. Challengers, Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs, ect... It's compact, simple and will substantially increase mileage on those lighter cars without affecting their performance or sound.

      I foresee that all trucks, vans and SUVs will get a system of Electric/Gas hybrid that will be similar to what Rasen used in their H3 Hummer. Namely an electric motor powered by plug-in batteries or a small gas generator. Would make sense since contractors will be able to use the on-board generator on field jobs to power tools and such.

      Still, it's a good start. Now if they can lower the cost so that mortals can buy this that would be even better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is not a mild hybrid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this will be a real flop. Most truck buyers I talk to aren't big hybrid fans. They worry about the longevity and durability of such a system, regardless of how well founded those worries are. Hybrids also have a bit of an image problem, as many truck guys associate it with smug yuppies and whatnot.

      I really think a small diesel would sell better. Sure, it might not get the same average mileage under cafe, but at least they would sell a reasonable number of them for it to actually make a difference in cafe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll try again and then stop bothering everyone (It must not like the "less-than" signs):
      why not the LS2LS7? says:
      "The GM two-mode system is tops in its class. I think you're confusing it with the BAS used in GM sedans and the Saturn VUE."
      I say:
      What I remember people saying was that it was a good performer, but GM found it too expensive to produce and use. I don't know how true that is. It will be interesting to see it being used in a pickup.
      Please work. Sorry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It didn't seem to post. I'll try again:

      >>>The GM two-mode system is tops in its class. I think you're confusing it with the BAS used in GM sedans and the Saturn VUE.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This should have started 10 years ago.

      But I guess better late than never.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm still waiting for someone to make small truck hybrid like a tacoma or a ranger.
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