Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: 2015 Green Truck of the Year
Yesterday, Green Car Journal named the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel the 2015 Green Truck of the Year. It’s not a huge surprise, as the EcoDiesel is the most fuel-efficient pickup truck on the American market. The official announcement was made yesterday at the 46th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show in Texas, though we’ve pretty much had a feeling since the day the truck hit roadways nationwide.
“The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is an incredible success for Ram Truck and part of the brand’s long term strategy to design and engineer the best trucks you can buy with fuel economy and capability top of mind,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand. “We are thrilled to receive The Green Truck of the Year award, affirming our efficiency leadership in the truck market.”
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel boasts 28 mpg on the highway, which is the best highway rating that a full-size, half-ton pickup has ever received—by a landslide. This rating also beats out the top-ranked small pickup. Ram is clearly doing something right, as the previous record-holder for best highway rating for a full-size, half-ton pickup was also from the Ram lineup: the Ram 1500 with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which achieved 25 mpg on the highway.
“The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel exemplifies what a ‘green’ truck should be,” commented Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “It’s a heavy-hitter that pulls off exceptional fuel economy with its impressive EcoDiesel engine and array of efficiency features like active grill shutters and aero suspension. Pickup buyers get the best of all worlds with the beefy torque and environmental performance offered by this full-size and stylish pickup.”
The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel beat out four other finalists for the 2015 Green Truck of the Year title. Aside from environmental attributes, editors also consider aspects such as functionality, safety, style, value, and versatility.