For years, most hybrid technology has been relegated to small hatchbacks and sedans. However, that is starting to change with models like the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque. This pickup will utilize regenerative braking technology to capture the energy that is usually lost while braking.
The eTorque system will replace the conventional alternator. Instead of an alternator being spun by a belt, a 48-volt motor/generator will capture and store the energy used while braking. It will store this energy to use as needed, like to give the engine a boost of power at low speeds.
“Regen operation is mostly the same on hybrid vehicles,” says Brian Spohn, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ vehicle electrification manager. “What makes the eTorque system unique is its application to full-size trucks.”
Instead of being connected to or mounted near the wheels or axles, the eTorque system is connected to the Ram’s crankshaft. When travelling at low speeds, the eTorque system will give the crankshaft some extra power. When the driver releases the accelerator or touches the brakes, the slow down will reverse the eTorque system, making it capture energy.
This energy is sent into a 430 watt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack mounted inside the passenger cabin between the rear seats and the pickup bed.
Visit Hometown Motors to learn more about the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque.