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2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger Bighorn plug in hybrid electric truck erev range extender

What’s been originally teased as “REPB,” or “Range Extending Paradigm Breaker“, then the Ram REV XR, this mysterious truck has finally shown itself. This is the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger. Yes, that was the name for a bygone Dodge SUV that competed with the K5 Chevy Blazer. And, yes, that name was also used more recently as an inductive phone charger in Ram trucks. But now, it’s a truck! An electric truck. Well, it’s technically known as an Extended Range Electric Vehicle or “EREV” for short. But you’ll probably refer to it as a plug-in hybrid, even if the marketing folks at Ram would prefer you not to. This is because, unlike typical plug in hybrids, the new Ramcharger only uses electricity to power the wheels, instead of a variable tandem between electrification and an internal combustion engine.

2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger stla frame plug in hybrid electric truck erev range extender
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Indeed, the new Ramcharger is an electric truck, though it has something that other trucks like the Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning do not: an engine. But rather than powering the wheels directly in some cases, its sole purpose is to rev up to power an on-board 130-kW generator, in turn charging the 92 kWh battery pack, which runs the 250 kW front and 238 kW rear electric drive modules. And even though it’s an electric truck that you can charge up, you also don’t have to do that. You can go to the gas station instead to fill up the fuel tank for the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that powers the generator, which powers the batteries. Specifically, the on-board generator mounts directly to the engine while a power inverter module mounts on the vehicle and connects to a junction box, thus recharging a liquid-cooled 92-kWh pouch cell battery pack.

Totally simple, right?

Of course not. Because this kind of explaining didn’t work for the Chevrolet Volt, which was also an EREV, just call call the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger a plug-in hybrid. It’s easier. And as the previous owner of both a first and second generation Volt, I can promise you it’s easier to just tell people it’s a plug-in hybrid, even if it means frustrating a couple of literalists.

Ramcharger Interior
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2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger: Performance, Payload, Towing And Charging Specs

Like all the other electric trucks on the market, the Ramcharger will also be able to hole shot with the best of them. 0-60 is just 4.4 seconds, thanks to 615 lb-ft of instantaneous torque, and 663 horsepower. Keeping things as tidy as possible is a multilink independent rear suspension, as well as active air suspension on all four corners, with five different drive modes. The mass of the battery, flat under the floor, lowers the truck’s center of gravity significantly, though is also sure to add heft compared to a standard Ram 1500. The curb weight of this plug-in hybrid truck was not immediately disclosed.

The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger also rides on the same STLA Frame platform as the Ram Revolution electric truck, which is designed specifically for full-size electric vehicles featuring a body-on-frame design. Compared to the DT platform, the STLA Frame platform has more space in between the frame rails to better fit the battery pack. This new architecture immediately puts a stamp on things with its capabilities: 14,000 lbs max towing, and a maximum payload capacity of 2,625 pounds. We’re pushing Ram 2500 territory here with those numbers.

As for charging, the new Ramcharger can add 50 miles of all-electric range in approximately 10 minutes, with 400-volt DC fast charging at up to 145 kW.

Image via Stellantis

Adding to the technology story for the 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger are Autonomous Drive Assist System (ADAS) capabilities that include Hands-free Highway Assist (L2+) offering hands-off driving at all speeds and lane centering on approved roadways for even greater driving convenience. The system will predictively slow the vehicle down in tight curves, automatically resume control after driver override and verify that the driver is paying attention to the road. Autonomous parallel and perpendicular parking assist is also available and uses multiple sensors, including radars and cameras, to dictate appropriate roads for the technology. Of course, it’s always better if you become skilled at these basic functions yourself. But Ram will gladly upsell you this stuff if you want it.

As for just how much Stellantis will sell the Ram 1500 Ramcharger for, that remains TBD. However it’s easy to anticipate a price of $60,000 and up, depending on the trim level. Of which the Ramcharger will be offered in the work-oriented Tradesman, high-volume Laramie, plentiful Bighorn, high-end Limited, and top-end Tungsten trim levels.

2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger Tradesman electric hybrid pickup truck
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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