Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Dodge Ram Hybrid Truck: The ‘Contractor Special’

Posted on 13 November 2008

"We dubbed this vehicle the ‘Contractor Special’ because it is perfect for construction site work,” said Bernard I. Robertson, Senior Vice President Engineering Technologies and General Manager for Truck Operations at DaimlerChrysler. “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”.

The Dodge Ram Hybrid Truck can be used onsite as a diesel-powered electricity generator. It can provide 110 / 220-volt AC power. This feature will not only be useful on construction sites, but anywhere else where a little extra electricity may be needed.

Doubling as a portable generator, the Ram Hybrid also offers double environmental benefits.

The Ram Hybrid is considered a mild hybrid using the heavy-duty 2500 / 3500 chassis powered by a Cummins 325 hp, 5.9-liter turbo-diesel engine with 600 lb-ft which is assisted by an integrated starter-alternator hybrid system to provide supplemental power. It can generate up to fifteen percent more fuel efficiency than its standard twin.

With these, DaimlerChrysler considers the Dodge Ram Hybrid Truck an overall picture of cleaner and greener vehicles for years to come.

1 comment:

Aaron Wyse said...

This sounds like an incredible set up.. Hopefully we can get those out and available ASAP. I feel many contractors will be interested in that combination; as well as consumers in the hurricane prone areas.