Green Car Journal has selected the Ram 1500 as its 2019 Green Truck of the Year™. All of the truck models in the U.S. market were considered based on environmental attributes. These include capability, versatility, safety, value, and style. This award is a sign of Ram's efforts to go green. Even in the world of trucks.
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The Green Car of the Year award is an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Since 1992, Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment. Today, the magazine is considered the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles.
"The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise pickup leading in efficiency, technology, and durability, and our new eTorque mild hybrid system is proof that fuel economy and capability can coexist," said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. "We are thrilled to receive The Green Truck of the Year award, affirming our technological leadership in the truck market."
The eTorque mild hybrid system is one of several changes made to the 2019 Ram 1500, including upgraded TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions, strategic weight reductions, and aerodynamic improvements. The eTorque mild hybrid system replaces the traditional alternator on the engine with a motor generator unit and 48-volt battery pack to perform several functions, including quick and seamless stop/start function, short-duration torque addition to the engine crankshaft and brake energy regeneration, which improves responsiveness and efficiency.
"The new Ram 1500 makes a bold statement with its overall design, functionality, lighter weight, and notable efficiency for a full-size pickup," said Ron Cogan, editor, and publisher of Green Car Journal and greencarjournal.com. The 2018 Ram 1500 was fairly similar to the 2017, though it introduced two Special Editions - Harvest and Limited Tungsten, the latter of which boasted leather and faux-suede details. Five cab variations ensure the 2018 was suitable for those seeking a regular or crew cab, and box lengths of 5’7” to 8’.
Ram leads the full-size truck segment with the most safety and security features and now delivers significant gains in fuel efficiency with an all-new eTorque system in both V-6 and V-8 configurations. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and Blind-spot Monitoring.
The 2019 Ram 1500 went on sale earlier this year and has a starting MSRP of $31,695 plus $1,645 destination fee.
Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with trucks that are proven to last. Creating a distinct identity for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and the features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day in and day out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.
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