Ram 1500 hybrid transmission diagram, image via Allpar.com
In the world of pickups, torque is king. Electric-drive systems aren't typically thought of as towing powerhouses, due primarily to their mass-market application thus far in small, efficient passenger cars. But with maximum torque from zero rpms, electric motors could be the next big thing in hauling and towing, and Chrysler appears to be betting big with a Ram 1500 Cummins diesel V-8 hybrid.
A leaked image of a two-mode hybrid powertrain listed as a transmission option. Why as a transmission option? Because the hybrid system appears to be a motorized transmission system, with the hybrid assistance applied directly inside the gearbox.
The source of the leak, Allpar, cautions that though the transmission codes are in Chrysler's system, they may merely be artifacts of a possible future powertrain, and not destined to enter actual production.
Whether a hybrid Cummins diesel Ram 1500 has the greenlight or not, we have to admit, it's an intriguing idea. Besides, who would like their pickup to get better mileage around town? Going green isn't just for geeks.