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2011 Ram 1500 Hybrid captured by Rich Truesdell of Automotive Traveler

While recently shooting some cloaked Chrysler and Hyundai prototypes, Automotive Traveler's Rich Truesdell came across several completely undisguised Ram 1500 pickups the other day. As Rich tells it:
Upon closer examination, I figured out why: They are near-production-ready versions of the rumored 2-Mode Hybrid version. Judging by the complete lack of cloaking, I'd assume they are undergoing final validation, possibly to establish their published tow ratings. Don't be surprised if the Ram is an early-introduction 2012 model to reach showrooms in the spring.
We've talked about these hybrid pickups before, and if a schedule posted at Allpar is to be believed, Chrysler will kick off production of this new Ram 1500 Hybrid on November 16, so they may be badged as MY2011 Ram 1500 Hemi Hybrids and not MY2012 as Rich supposes. Either way, the hybrid Ram is expected to employ the same 5.7-liter Hemi V8, two-mode hybrid powertrain that was used in the short-lived Dodge Durango/Chrysler Aspen hybrids in 2008, backed by a transmission supplied to Chrysler by General Motors. Expected mileage ratings should be similar to GM's hybrid trucks, with a city number of about 21 to 22 mpg.

Check out Automotive Traveler for more photos of the 2011 Ram 1500 Hemi Hybrid.

[Source: Automotive Traveler]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they've got it wrong. This truck is still disguised... as a 1994 Dodge Ram.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler had announced that this WILL NOT be available to the general public. They are building 140 trucks for testing for the DOE.

      The truck will run for 20 miles on electric power alone, then switch to the 5.7L when needed.

      The page on Allpar is outdated and full of mis-information, based on rumors that fly around, generally they're right about most of it, but this isn't true. Proven by a March announcement by Chrysler themselves, and better proof from the DOE loan to build these trucks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If this ever got past this study stage and become available to the public, I wonder what they would call it.

        Ram H1500?
        Ram Hybrid?

        Because they can't call it the Dodge Ram anymore since Ram is now a separate entity. So they have to give it its own model name like they did with the new model they unveiled not too long ago (can't remember the name).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wheres the 4bt diesel? I would honestly much prefer a diesel than the hybrid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thinking to myself "Why a diesel? They have proven to be expensive options". Then I looked at the price of the Silverado Hybrid.

        So yeah, where is the diesel? If not that, will Chrysler build their own version of the EB for their trucks?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I rather have a 1/2 ton diesel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ugh... more stupid hybrid crap. give us diesel!!!! >
        • 4 Years Ago
        ugh...more brainless hybrid baching. FYI Hybrid tech has been used in the world's most heavy duty vehicles for decades (mining trucks). STFU
        • 4 Years Ago
        Damon: Your ignorance is blinding. Diesel is past its prime, and is making a last gasp. The slight-of-hand that is "clean diesel" is a farce. Hybrids are far and away more efficient. This is why we have diesel-electric HYBRID trains, and submarines past and once again new run on electric engines and ONLY use diesels to charge their batteries.

        The problem with hybrids is scale. A single Prius or Escape hybrid may not be worth the effort, however a fleet of either is far and away better than a fleet of stinky diesel engines.

        Get over it, diesel won't be with us much beyond 2050.

      • 4 Years Ago
      No thanks. It can't be cost effective. This would appeal to poseurs, not actual people in need of a truck. If it's like the GM clones, it'll have compromises.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A man's grill with women's wheels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you kidding me? Poseurs? How about someone who wants a good looking truck, can throw mulch or a motorcycle or whatever in the bed, BUT doesn't want to average 13 mpg?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @spin cycle

        nice contrast, a huge brick shaped truck vs a aero dynamic toyota pruis?
        wow, what an environmentally consume!
        what a laugh!
        • 4 Years Ago
        the major compromises are with overall haul/tow ratings, which is expected. possible owners of this 2-mode hybrid include people with families that also need a work truck to haul (stuff). and they probably don't need the max available rating on the market. exterior design, interior content, utility extras, and the additional fuel savings will definitely be appreciated. ---- pricing will probably be the only major factor that could hurt sales ----

        the 2-mode hybrid transmission was jointly developed by GM, Chrysler, and BMW --- each automaker then tweaked/revised the base system to meet their own corporate specs. That's why both the X5 & X6 hybrids use 2-mode transmissions. I don't see why Chrysler would need GM to supply the hybrid transmission; unless Chrysler doesn't have the facilities to do so post-bankruptcy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM's hybrid trucks work great. The real problem is the price. I can't see how this will avoid having the same problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One source says ram will be a plug in hybrid with a nominal electric only range. The trucks will be part of an extended study, funded by Uncle Sugar, and not for the retail market.

      • 4 Years Ago
      call your trucks dealer see if they have an up-grade for your throttle body.you have to ask they wont tell you if they do(air fuel mix).they up-grade cars and trucks computers just like your pc's
      they dont tell you cuz it fixes problem the could come up later
      • 4 Years Ago
      with around $800.00 in modes my 03, 4.7 single cab short bed gets 27.5 mpg w/ the a/c blasting at 55 w/ cruise control on that was yesterday.bought a progamer for $400 but got better milage w/ the stock settings who would think that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hybrid technology is perfectly logical in larger vehicles since the gains can be so massive. Going from 14 to 20mpg doesn't look like a lot, but a little math will show you that it's like going from a Ford Mustang V6 to a Honda Insight. That's not just a "little" improvement, it's a HUGE improvement. Hybrid trucks make a ton of sense for saving fuel, much more than Hybrid cars where the gains aren't that great.

      However, that said, I do think they can't use the same sort of hybrid system they use in cars though. It should be modified to preserve towing capacity, otherwise the truck becomes just a "niche" vehicle. They should also include a plug-in feature and an 120/240 AC output so that contractors can use the juice from the hybrid batteries.

      In this case I think a Hybrid truck would work, despite the price increase.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will definitely have the city mileage advantage but the EB F-150 will probably do better on the freeway.

      Also, if this thing is priced like the GM hybrid trucks (where the Silverado Hybrid starts out at $38k), the EB most likely will be the better buy...
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the truck looks great. I'm not sure about the durability of a work truck hybrid.
        P.S. I see the adults let the children use this blog again. :=)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except the problem is that the Ford uses less than 50% domestic parts for the F-150.

        BTW...what's an F-150 SuperDuty?

        • 4 Years Ago
        no you r!

        If you were driving this car it would be just too much fugly'ness. School children would be projectile vomiting at first glance of so much fugly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Downranked Natron3030 for being an idiot,
        Just an FYI Natron.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I obviously agree... this thing is a monstrosity. And I often like Chrysler designs.

        Usually I'm a Chevy guy but I think Ford has the best looking fullsize truck on the market right now.

        I wish some company would make a legit small truck again though... with a diesel and manual tranny please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And I down ranked you for being anal. I hope my clicking it stung just a little bit.
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