PickupTrucks.com, a member of the Cars.com online family, recently tested the new Dodge Ram 2500 compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel truck, declaring that ‘range anxiety is gone’ with the $11,000 option package.
The 7,540-pound, crew-cab, 4×4 vehicle that was tested features the 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi engine and an 18.2-gallon CNG tank (along with an eight-gallon gasoline tank). The vehicle's total range is estimated to be around 370 miles.
PickupTrucks.com dyno-tested the truck and found that, running on CNG instead of gasoline, the horsepower differential was 13% lower at the rear wheels, and the torque was about 10% less.
‘This heavy-duty truck…still packs the tough attitude of a Ram, but expect to feel a slight dip in power when running CNG,’ the review reads.
When fill-up time came, 18.04 GGE of CNG cost just under $36. Conversely, to fill up the Ram 2500's standard 35-gallon gasoline tank would have been nearly $140, according to the article.
‘After a bit of math, we figured that on average, you could save nearly $4,000 a year on fuel by opting for CNG. After driving just three years, the cost savings would offset this alternative-fuel option.’
Read the review HERE.