Ram is commemorating nearly a decade of EcoDiesel production and the benchmark powertrain innovation it produced, but not without controversy. As a result, the stand-alone truck brand is offering consumers a final opportunity to order its Ram 1500 EcoDiesel model for the 2023 model year. Production of the Ram EcoDiesel will conclude in January 2023, marking the end of an era, as electrification will take its place.
The Ram EcoDiesel V6 has offered consumers the highest half-ton diesel torque rating and towing capability on the market. But as the brand pivots towards electrification, it wishes to celebrate this last EcoDiesel milestone with a final opportunity to order the truck. Ram will offer a 1500 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) truck in 2024, effectively replacing the EcoDiesel, as far as CAFE regulations are concerned. There are plans to have a complete portfolio of electrified solutions in the majority of its segments by 2025 and all segments by 2030.
Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: History
The Ram 1500 was the first modern half-ton, full-size pickup to offer durable, efficient diesel technology. With the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel’s historic debut, Ram customers could enjoy class-leading fuel economy and range, along with torque that was unsurpassed by any full-size truck with a V6 engine. Soon after, Ford answered with a 3.0L V6 of its own with the F-150 Power Stroke, since discontinued. General Motors went the inline-6 route with the 3.0L LM2 Duramax diesel that was in everything from the Chevrolet Silverado to the Cadillac Escalade, followed up by a LZ0 Duramax engine. In addition, with a 28 mpg EPA rating, it had the best highway-cycle test result ever achieved by a half-ton truck.
In 2020, the new generation 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel was introduced, and it reinforced Ram’s commitment to powertrain leadership and led the segment in fuel economy with the EcoDiesel HFE. In addition, the EcoDiesel’s range exceeded 1,000 miles per fill-up, the highest among all pickup trucks. So, if you’ve wanted to get your hands on a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, now is the time to do so.