Chrysler delivered a batch of plug-in hybrid electric Ram 1500 pickup trucks to the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento this week. Each city received 14 PHEV Rams to be used in its fleet of municipal vehicles.
The trucks are part of a fleet of 140 demonstration vehicles Chrysler has commissioned for test and research purposes only. City employees in Arizona, California, North Dakota, Massachusetts, and Hawaii will drive the vehicles for three years. Chrysler chose specific regions for varying climate, geography, and urban conditions to better test the trucks’ drive cycles, charging, fuel economy, and thermal management.
Earlier this year, city employees in Yuma, Arizona were the first to receive a fleet of plug-in Ram 1500 hybrids.
From the outside, the Ram hybrids look identical to the gas-powered counterparts, but the similarities end under the hood. The hybrid powertrain includes a 5.7-liter V-8, which features Fuel Saver cylinder deactivation technology and is mated to a two-mode hybrid transmission. It also includes a 12.9Whr lithium ion battery pack and regenerative braking. The RAM PHEV has a pure-electric range of 20 miles before the Hemi intervenes. In total, the hybrid Ran has an estimated 655-mile range.