Ram Contractor Special Doubles Environmental Benefits With Hybrid Powertrain
and Clean Auxiliary Power
developed a hybrid-electric version of its workhorse Dodge Ram pickup
that is cleaner and more fuel efficient, while providing enough clean
auxiliary power to run a household.
On the road,
this all-new hybrid vehicle achieves 15 percent better fuel efficiency,
lower emissions and better performance than the comparably-powered conventional
Ram. Off the road, the vehicle can be converted to a stationary electrical
generator to deliver up to 20 kW of power for work, recreation or home
uses. The vehicle's gasoline engine is much cleaner than portable generators,
which are not controlled by any emissions regulations.
this vehicle the 'Contractor Special' because it is perfect for construction
site work, but we believe the vehicle will also appeal to campers and
outdoor enthusiasts, to farmers who have to work on remote sites, and
to homeowners who need to keep their households running in the case of
a power failure," said Bernard I. Robertson, Senior Vice President – Engineering
Technologies and General Manager - Truck Operations for DaimlerChrysler.
to doubling as a portable generator, the Dodge Ram Contractor Special
delivers double the environmental benefits," Robertson added. "It is cleaner
than any conventional pickup on the road, and cleaner than current generator
technology off the road."
Special package is intended for the Ram 1500 and 2500 models, in both
the two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions. Gas-electric and diesel-electric
powertrains are available, depending on the choice of engine. The vehicles
can be operated in gasoline/diesel-only and electric-only modes, as well
as the hybrid configuration. Production is targeted for calendar year
Specials are anticipated to cost about $5,000 more than the conventional
Ram – a cost-effective package since comparable portable generator capacity
would typically cost $10,000 to $15,000. The clean electrical generator
will add about 250-300 pounds to the vehicle's weight, compared with 2,500
pounds or more for a portable generator. The Contractor Special generator
is accessed through electrical sockets in a pull-down box behind the rear
on the Contractor Special will be much cleaner than conventional portable
generators, because it will be powered by the vehicle's clean hybrid powertrain.
Currently, the Ram can be equipped with 3.9, 5.2 and 5.9 liter gasoline
engines and a 5.9 diesel engine. A 8.0 liter, V-10 is also available.
powertrain, with electric motor assist, permits use of a smaller internal
combustion engine, thus lowering emissions and increasing fuel efficiency
compared with a comparably-powered conventional Ram. The hybrid versions
outperform their comparably powered conventional counterparts; for example,
the 5.2 liter gas-electric motor hybrid can do 0-60 mph in 10.0 seconds
and achieves fuel efficiency of 18 mpg vs. 10.6 seconds 0-60 mph and 16
mpg for the 5.9 liter gas-powered pickups. And because a smaller displacement
internal combustion engine is used, emissions are lower.