2020 Ram 1500 Rebel edition exterior front shot with red paint color driving off-road through dry grass and green trees

What is Ram eTorque and How Does it Work?

Ram eTorque Explanation and Applications

Before its 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck came equipped with a conventional alternator. However, the 2019 Ram 1500 model introduced eTorque as an alternator replacement while also providing many additional functions. So, what is Ram eTorque and what does it all do? We explore the Ram brand’s eTorque technology today here at the Buckeye Superstore of Central Ohio!


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What is Ram eTorque and What Does it Do? 

Ram eTorque captures braking energy, stores it, and then uses it to provide support to the vehicle’s engine when it is operating at low speeds. Functioning like regeneration technology found in hybrid models, Ram eTorque is very unique due to its application in truck models, offering efficiency without sacrificing power. 

2019 Ram 1500 exterior shot on a desert country road at sunset
2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition interior shot of upholstery and accents

As we mentioned above, Ram eTorque acts as an alternator (electric generator) replacement but also serves additional functions. Ram eTorque’s 48-volt system keeps the vehicle’s battery charged, helps to quickly shut off and then restart the vehicle motor during the use of an Automatic Start/Stop system, and acts as a mild hybrid system for the powertrain. This, on an extreme technicality, means that the current Ram 1500 model qualifies as a hybrid model. 

What are the Benefits of Ram eTorque?

The following processes and functions of Ram eTorque detailed above provide 3 distinct improvements in comparison to the use of an alternator in previous generations. Those are: 

Additional Payload Capacity 

Additional Towing Capacity 

Better Fuel Economy 

Which Ram Trucks Have eTorque? 

Currently, only the 2019 and 2020 model years of the Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck have engine options/powertrains with eTorque technology.


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Test Drive a 2020 Ram 1500 Model with eTorque in Shelby, OH 

We’ve got plenty of Ram 1500 pickup truck models in stock here at the Buckeye Superstore. Browse through our online inventory and schedule a test drive to test out the performance applications of Ram eTorque for yourself! For additional information, please continue to read our blog and contact us. The Buckeye Superstore is located in Shelby, Ohio within Richland County and provides drivers in Beckett Ridge, Mansfield, Columbus, and more Central Ohio cities with Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram (CDJR) sales and service!