RAM Truck recently announced a factory-built RAM 2500 Heavy Duty pickup that will run on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline. The company says the CNG-fueled RAM will only be available as a Crew Cab 4×4 in two trim levels, ST or SLT. Pricing has been set at $47,500 but will only be limited to fleet customers.
Most importantly the RMA 2500 HD CNG will be powered by a modified 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine with redesigned cylinder heads, valves, and valve seats. A new powertrain control module makes sure that the engine operates seamlessly regardless of the fuel source.
Because it will run on either CNG or gas the RAM truck will feature two separate fuel tanks. The CNG will hold a gasoline gallon equivalent of 18.2 gallons, while the gas tank will store eight gallons of backup fuel used only during starup and when the CNG tank is depleted. RAM claims the CNG range of the truck is estimated at 255 miles but the gas tank will bump total miles to 367. The new RAM model will directly compete with the 2013 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD models that we were previously told will be offered with a natural gas option.