Growing concerns about the effects of the carbon footprint on the environment has led to new technological inventions in the automotive industry. Engineers and designers are combining their thinking caps in an effort to produce more fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly cars. A recent study showed that the USA makes up only 4% of the world’s population but accounts for an astounding 25% of the world’s greenhouse gasses. A big part of this percent is a result of CO2 emissions from care emissions.
Dodge has taken a stand in trying to counter the carbon footprint by producing eco-friendly vehicles. The all-new 2014 Ram 1500 HFE (high fuel efficiency) with Stop-Start System is one of Dodge’s “green” models with a class-leading fuel economy. The 2014 Ram maintained a similar style and frame to its predecessor. New features include a 3.0 – liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine, Ram’s stop-start system, aluminum hood and enhanced performance.
Eco-Diesel V6 Diesel Engine
The Eco-Diesel engine is the first of its kind in the half-ton pickup segment. Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) was used to give it a lightweight build. With the Chrysler group exclusive MultiJet 2 common-rail fuel-injection system, the 2014 Ram offers unsurpassable performance. The Eco-Diesel engine was named one of the world’s 10 Best Engines for 2014.
This is the industry’s first non-hybrid full-size pickup with hybrid-like qualities. The stop-start system improved the new Ram’s fuel economy by up to 3.3%. Similar to the hybrid, the stop-start system operates without the drivers influence. It automatically restarts when the brakes are released and a battery sensor monitors the system voltage to recharge the engine. Drivers have an option to turn of the system through a system disable switch on the dashboard if they chose. The stop-start is a groundbreaking eco-friendly, fuel-saving technology.
The use of lightweight materials such as aluminum decreased the hood’s weight by 26 pounds. Additional lightweight materials were utilized in the frame, suspension pieces, bumper and powertrain elements. This removed 143 pounds from the overall weight of the new Ram, thus improving its maneuverability and torque.
The Eco-Diesel engine and the six-speed automatic transmission is an unbeatable combination. The engine generates a smashing 305 horsepower while offering 20% better fuel economy than the previous model. A new power-assist steering was put in place to reduce engine drag for enhanced performance. The thermal management system maintains the engine and transmission’s temperature at the ideal level. This beaut is designed for optimum performance with every part strategically designed to complement the other.
The 2014 Ram was selected as Motor Trend’s 2014 Truck of the Year for the second time in a row. It also exceeded the EPA’s highway rating for the top-ranked small pickup. It provides optimum performance, a good fuel economy and emits less C02 into the environment. What more could a pickup enthusiast want.
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