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Farewell RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, Hello 2025 Ramcharger

Published on Jun 27, 2024 by Talia Mushinsky

RAM Discontinues 1500 EcoDiesel: End of an Era and Future of Electrification

RAM ended production of the 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-Liter V-6 engine, manufacturing the last models in January 2023. Introduced in 2014, the EcoDiesel engine was a significant player in the light-duty truck sector, offering a balance of performance, fuel efficiency, and low emissions. It provided notable features, including 260 horsepower, 480 lb-ft of torque, and a fuel economy of up to 32 mpg on the highway, while meeting strict emissions standards through advanced technologies.

The EcoDiesel's discontinuation was part of RAM’s broader strategy to shift towards electrification. In its place, RAM plans to introduce the 2025 Ramcharger, an all-electric pickup truck. 

The 2025 Ramcharger, set to replace the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-Liter V-6, marks RAM's bold step into the future of automotive innovation with its focus on electrification and advanced technology. The Ramcharger promises superior performance with higher horsepower and torque, a range of over 600 miles per charge, and zero tailpipe emissions. This shift highlights RAM's dedication to innovation and sustainability, steering the brand towards an electrified future in the automotive industry.

Here's a detailed look at the new 2025 Ramcharger and how it compares to the outgoing EcoDiesel model:

2025 Ramcharger driving down a road

2025 Ramcharger Overview

The 2025 Ramcharger is an all-electric pickup truck, part of RAM's commitment to electrifying its vehicle lineup. This model aims to combine the power and capability RAM is known for with the benefits of electric vehicle (EV) technology.

  • Powertrain: The 2025 Ramcharger's powertrain includes a 92 kWh battery, 130 kW generator, and Pentastar® 3.6L engine, delivering 690 miles of range, 663 horsepower, 615 lb-ft torque, and 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds for top-tier performance.
  • Range: With a focus on long-distance travel, the Ramcharger is expected to provide a range of over 300 miles on a single charge, making it suitable for both daily use and longer journeys.
  • Charging: The 2025 Ramcharger offers fast-charging with a quick-release mount, supporting Level 1, Level 2 (240V), and Level 3 (400V) charging. With 400V DC fast charging, it can add up to 50 miles of range in 10 minutes.
  • Sustainability: As an electric vehicle, the Ramcharger produces zero tailpipe emissions, contributing to reduced environmental impact and aligning with global trends towards sustainability.

Comparison with RAM 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-Liter V-6

2025 Ramcharger grille


  • EcoDiesel: The 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine delivered 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. It was known for its strong towing capacity and impressive torque, ideal for heavy-duty tasks.
  • Ramcharger: The Ramcharger’s electric powertrain is expected to surpass the EcoDiesel in terms of horsepower and torque, thanks to the high output of electric motors. This results in even better towing capabilities and quicker acceleration.
2025 Ramcharger parked on a beach at dusk with the LED headlights on

Fuel Efficiency and Range

  • EcoDiesel: The EcoDiesel engine utilized advanced emissions control technologies to reduce NOx emissions and meet environmental standards.
  • Ramcharger: As a fully electric vehicle, the Ramcharger produces zero tailpipe emissions, significantly reducing its environm
silver 2025 Ramcharger parked in a rural gravel driveway

Durability and Maintenance

  • EcoDiesel: Known for its robust construction, the EcoDiesel engine featured durable components designed for longevity under demanding conditions.
  • Ramcharger: Electric vehicles generally require less maintenance than internal combustion engines due to fewer moving parts. The Ramcharger is expected to benefit from reduced maintenance costs and increased reliability.

History of The EcoDiesel 3.0-Liter V-6

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The RAM 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-Liter V-6 has a significant history that highlights its contribution to the evolution of diesel engines in the light-duty truck segment. Here’s a detailed look at its journey:

Introduction and Early Years

  • 2014: The RAM 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-Liter V-6 was introduced, marking a significant milestone as the first light-duty diesel engine option in the half-ton pickup segment. Developed by VM Motori, a subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the engine quickly gained recognition for its balance of power, efficiency, and low emissions.

Performance and Achievements

  • Performance: The 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine delivered 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque at its launch. This powertrain offered an impressive towing capacity, making it popular among truck enthusiasts and professionals requiring both capability and efficiency.
  • Fuel Efficiency: Known for its superior fuel economy, the EcoDiesel engine provided up to 28 mpg on the highway, a remarkable figure for a full-size pickup. It became a preferred choice for those seeking long-range travel and reduced fuel costs.
  • Awards: The engine and the RAM 1500 equipped with it received multiple accolades, including the prestigious Green Truck of the Year award and recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its efficiency.
blue 2023 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel parked in the driveway

Technological Advancements

  • Emissions Control: The EcoDiesel engine incorporated advanced emissions control technologies, such as selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) systems, to meet stringent environmental regulations and reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
  • Durability: Engineered for longevity, the EcoDiesel featured robust components like a compacted graphite iron (CGI) block, a forged steel crankshaft, and aluminum cylinder heads. These elements would ensure durability and reliability under demanding conditions.

Market Evolution and Updates

  • 2019: A second-generation EcoDiesel was introduced, offering improved performance with 260 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. This iteration enhanced the engine’s fuel efficiency and towing capabilities, further solidifying its position in the market.
  • Consumer Demand: Throughout its production run, the EcoDiesel engine remained a popular option among RAM 1500 buyers, particularly those who valued a combination of power, efficiency, and lower emissions.

Conclusion of Production

2023: RAM announced the end of production for the 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-Liter V-6, with the final units produced in January of 2023. The decision to discontinue the engine was part of RAM’s broader strategy to shift focus towards electrification and sustainable mobility solutions.

red 2023 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel tows trailer with a gator down a dirt road

Legacy and Impact

The RAM 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-Liter V-6 left a lasting legacy in the light-duty truck market. It set new standards for diesel performance and efficiency, influenced competitors, and paved the way for future advancements in eco-friendly automotive technology. As RAM transitions to electrified powertrains, the EcoDiesel remains a significant chapter in its history, demonstrating the brand’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.

The transition from the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-Liter V-6 to the 2025 Ramcharger signifies a major shift in RAM's approach to truck manufacturing, embracing the future of electric mobility. While the EcoDiesel set benchmarks in diesel performance and efficiency, the Ramcharger is poised to redefine these standards with its advanced electric powertrain, zero emissions, and cutting-edge technology. This evolution reflects RAM’s dedication to innovation and sustainability in the automotive industry.

Ready to experience the next generation of pickup trucks? Visit Kunes CDJR of Elkhorn today to learn more about the groundbreaking 2025 Ramcharger and how it can elevate your driving experience. Don’t miss out—schedule your test drive now and be a part of the electric revolution!

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