Electrified powertrains delivered a memorable punch to internal combustion this week as Ram announced the end of diesel for its half-ton pickups.
After nearly ten years in production, Ram’s 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel will see its final production run in January for the 2023 Ram 1500.
The tilt towards electrification helped usher in the diesel’s demise.
“As we quickly pivot toward an electrified future, we wanted to celebrate this last EcoDiesel milestone by offering our loyal light-duty diesel enthusiasts a final opportunity to order the truck they love,” Ram CEO Mike Koval Jr. said in a company press release.
Ram will offer a 1500 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) pickup truck in 2024, a full portfolio of electrified solutions in the majority of its segments by 2025 and in all segments by 2030. After rolling out in 2014, EcoDiesel paved the way for impressive bragging rights in the highly competitive half-ton segment.
“Our Ram EcoDiesel V-6 engine has delighted consumers with the highest half-ton diesel torque rating and towing capability while being the first to exceed 1,000 miles of range,” Koval said.
The 2020 Ram 1500 was the most powerful half-ton diesel pickup in the U.S. with 480 lb.-ft. of torque and max towing of 12,560 pounds. The 4x2 variant turned heads with 32 mpg highway and 29 mpg highway for 4x4 models.
The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was available in all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel.
The 2023 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available in Crew Cab 4x4 models and can be ordered now. EcoDiesel will be available in Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Limited Longhorn and Limited models.