What is the eTorque Engine?

RAM 1500 towing trailer

The top-rated RAM 1500 pickup truck is known for exceptional performance on and off the beaten track, boasting engines built to take on the toughest jobs around South Bend. Across that engine lineup, drivers will find multiple options offering a unique system called eTorque. What is eTorque? eTorque is a mild hybrid system built into your RAM’s engine, giving you more performance and fuel efficiency without sacrificing power or capability. Learn more about the mild hybrid eTorque system, how it works, and what RAM models you can find these innovative engines on with this guide from Lochmandy Motor Sales.

How Does eTorque Work?

eTorque engines are considered “mild hybrids,” a type of hybridized engine system that is less expensive to produce than full hybrid models but still offers similar benefits. The eTorque system alters the vehicle’s powertrain, replacing the traditional alternator with a belt-driven motor-generator unit that supplies energy to a dedicated battery pack. This motor-generator unit captures extra energy from the engine or through brake regeneration as you traverse Mishawaka and use that energy to supply the battery pack. In turn, the battery pack utilizes this extra energy to power your RAM’s in-vehicle accessories or keep your conventional battery charged up and ready to roll. 

Though the eTorque engine may not be a “full hybrid” powertrain, it still offers perks such as:

  • Better fuel economy
  • Quieter operation
  • More towing and hauling capability

What RAM Models Offer an eTorque Engine?

While heavy-duty pickups like the RAM 2500 and 3500 would have trouble benefiting from the eTorque system while towing and hauling through Granger, the light-duty, versatile RAM 1500 is the perfect fit. For the newest model year, the RAM 1500 offers two eTorque engine options across the lineup, including a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine and a 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine. You can find these mild hybrid options available on trims such as:

  • RAM 1500 Tradesman®
  • RAM 1500 Tradesman HFE
  • RAM 1500 Big Horn®
  • RAM 1500 Laramie®
  • RAM 1500 Rebel®
  • RAM 1500 Limited Longhorn®
  • RAM 1500 Limited

Save on Fuel With Your Next eTorque-Powered Vehicle at Lochmandy Motor Sales!

To experience the superior fuel efficiency and power of the unique eTorque mild hybrid system, contact Lochmandy Motor Sales to set up a test drive in Elkhart! Our team will happily walk you through all the features, specs, and benefits you can expect from this innovative powertrain system. In the meantime, browse our new vehicle specials to see how you can save on your next powerful pickup when you shop with Lochmandy Motor Sales.