2019 Ram 1500 HEMI V8 Gets a Significant Bump in MPG from the Hybrid According to the EPA (News)

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2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn (photo: Ram Trucks)

EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) recently released the mpg estimates for the new 2019 Ram 1500 5.7L HEMI V8 with the eTorque mild hybrid system. Fuel economy and government regulation are a hot topic of discussion these days. The eTorque system helps to boost the efficiency of the new Ram by 2 MPG combined when compared to standard 5.7L HEMI. Check it out! The 2WD hybrid truck gets a rating of 17/23/19 mpg. The regular 2WD V8 truck is at 15/22/17 mpg.

2019 Ram 1500 eTorque

What is the eTorque mild hybrid system? It’s an electric motor that is connected to the engine via the accessory belt system. The electric motor adds up to 130 lb-ft of torque to help the truck launch off the line (while the big HEMI is still low of revs). It also helps smooth out the power curve during gear shifts, and it is supposed to make the engine start/stop feature practically seamless. The electric motor is supported by a small 48-volt battery system that has an approximate 0.4 kWh capacity.

We look forward to testing the new Ram eTorque in the real world to see how efficient and how quick it is.

How does the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque ratings compare to the latest trucks from GM and Ford? Check out the comparison below.

Competition

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500

Newly released data from Fueleconomy.gov shows that the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with a 5.3-liter V8 and 3.42 (SIDI; XFE Package, rear-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic transmission – regular fuel recommended) gets the same mileage as a 2019 Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 mild hybrid (rear-drive, eight-speed automatic transmission, mid-grade fuel recommended) .

Ram-1500-LSFCThere are a few items of note: neither vehicle was tested as a regular cab, these numbers are for extra-cab models. These fueleconomy.gov numbers state that the Chevrolet requires regular fuel while mid-grade fuel is recommended for the Ram. The Ram’s GGE (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) for mid-grade fuel is 467 grams per mile, the Chevrolet’s GGE is 456 grams per mile using regular fuel.

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By comparison, the 2018 Ford F-150 2WD with the 5.0-liter “Coyote” power plant equipped with the 10-speed automatic transmission (SIDI & PFI on regular gasoline) basically gets the same mpg as well. Its GGE is 463 grams per mile.

(Images and graphics below: fueleconomy.gov)

 

More information about these new trucks is trickling out and we expect more detailed updates in the near future. Stay tuned!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.