By their very nature automobiles take a lot of power to run, which might not always be that great for the environment. However, each year Green Car Journal honors vehicles that are offering better and better green driving that is good for the environment and busy drivers. One of the honors that it gives out is the Green Truck of the Year award which highlights a truck that has economical and fuel-friendly advantages. This year, the winner of this honor was the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. So how can a truck be environmentally friendly? Read below to learn more.
Can a truck be environmentally friendly?
Trucks need to get a lot of work done, which means that they can also be bigger polluters than smaller vehicles. This year, out of a field of five trucks, the 2019 Ram 1500 took the top Green Car Truck of the Year honor thanks to several of its advantages that offer fuel saving and also environmentally-friendly performance. These features include weight reductions, an improved aerodynamic design, and the new eTorque hybrid system.
How eTorque offers fuel savings
The eTorque system on the 2019 Ram 1500 takes the place of a traditional alternator and offers several mild hybrid features that help Ram drivers get more out of every drop of gas. This generator and 48-volt battery pack allow fuel saving technology like:
- Start/stop function – The engine can shut down at brief stops (like traffic lights) and seamlessly restart.
- Brake energy regeneration – The system re-absorbs energy from braking to power cabin accessories, which means that the engine doesn’t have to work harder to power lights and music.
- Bonus torque – The Ram 1500 can apply short-duration additional torque to the engine crankshaft for even better bursts of performance.
“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, in a recent Ram press release. “We are thrilled to receive The Green Truck of the Year award, affirming our technological leadership in the truck market.”
Would you like to learn more about the 2019 Ram 1500 in the Twin Cities area? Visit the Fury Ram Truck Center in Lake Elmo MN today!