Whether you are a fan of “going green” or not, congratulations are in order for Ram Trucks. I recently learned that the 2023 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has earned the Green Car Journal’s award for 2023 Green Truck of the Year. The awards were presented at this month’s annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show in San Antonio, Texas.
The 2023 Green Truck of the Year, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, features a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that currently leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque by delivering 480 lb-ft. at 1,600 rpm. That torque, in conjunction with a high-strength steel frame, makes the Ram 1500 one tough light-duty cookie that offers a towing capability of 12,560 pounds. The 2023 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel also leads all trucks in fuel range. According to Ram, when paired with an available 33-gallon fuel tank, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s driving range exceeds 1,000 miles.
“The Ram 1500 continues to be an undeniable force in the pickup field,” says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. “It’s stylish, comfortable, and connected in ways appreciated by those who drive their Ram pickups for everyday personal use. Yet it’s also a workhorse with considerable hauling and towing capabilities. Importantly, the Ram 1500 offers power choices that include efficient eTorque hybrid technology for higher mpg and lower carbon emissions.”
Ram 1500 offers a multitude of engine options that meet consumers’ needs. These include the efficient 3.6-liter eTorque Pentastar V6, the powerful 5.7-liter eTorque HEMI V8, and the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engines. Ram will introduce a Ram 1500 battery-electric vehicle in 2024.
Ram will offer electrified solutions in the majority of its segments by 2025 and in all of its segments no later than 2030. Ram electric vehicles will push past the competition as leaders in a combination of areas truck customers care about the most: range, towing, payload, and charge time.
The third generation of the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 delivers robust torque and horsepower, along with superb fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Ram 1500 owners. In the 2023 Ram 1500, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 has a horsepower rating of 260 hp at 3,600 rpm. The 2023 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available in all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel.
Green Car Journal editors consider all potential truck models in the U.S. market, weighing environmental attributes alongside traditional criteria that define what makes a great pickup, such as capability, versatility, safety, value, and style. The winner was selected from finalists by a Green Truck of the Year jury, comprised of automotive experts and Green Car Journal staff.