The numbers are in, and according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque with 5.7L Hemi V8 is 2 mpg more fuel efficient than its non-hybrid counterpart, achieving 19 mpg on the combined driving cycle. That figure comes from 17 mpg in city driving, and 22 (4×4) or 23 (4×2) mpg highway. The biggest improvement in fuel efficiency for the 2019 Ram 1500 Hemi eTorque is in city driving.
The eTorque mild-hybrid system uses a belted motor/generator in place of a standard alternator, plus a 12-cell, 480-Wh battery pack and the requisite electronics, to supplement engine torque in certain conditions, thus saving fuel. We tested the system on the 2019 Ram 1500 for ourselves just last week; for our thoughts on the system and its performance, click here to read our first-drive review.
Ram’s eTorque represents a $1,450 option in the 2019 Ram 1500 Hemi, and along with better fuel economy, the feature also delivers a higher maximum tow rating. According to the EPA, annual fueling costs for the Hemi with eTorque are likely to be around $500 – $300 less than a non-eTorque Hemi model. So, while it may take awhile before eTorque pays for itself through fuel savings, buyers might at least consider paying the premium for the bolstered towing capability.
On the 2019 Ram 1500 with 3.6L Pentastar V6, eTorque comes standard, so buyers will see improved fuel economy across the board, whether they want it or not. The EPA has yet to publish official fuel economy numbers for that model, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is anticipating approximately a 3-mpg difference between it and last year’s 3.6L Pentastar V6 truck.