Ram Trucks Launches New Commercial Division

There are those among us for whom the light-duty but still-capable 2013 Ram 1500 is absolutely the perfect truck—agile and efficient, yet robust enough to handle the kind of everyday punishment a good truck is built to withstand. Then there are those of us who, because of the rigors of a demanding occupation, need that extra dose of toughness only available with Ram Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab.

At Ram, we know the members of that second group are often business owners. We want them to know this—as dedicated as we are to building the right truck for, say, hunters and fisherman, we’re just as serious about providing the perfect solution to buyers who demand both performance and affordability on a commercial scale.

To that end, we’re pleased to announce the launch of Ram Commercial, a new division that will focus on the development of commercial TRUCKS, as well as sales and support for a growing market. The new Ram Commercial division will integrate a growing network of Ram BusinessLink dealers all focused on the needs of commercial customers. Ram Commercial also will help offset the cost of doing business with On The Job incentives specifically designed to lower the expense of commercial upfits. Both programs address professional needs for every job.

To learn more about Ram, please visit RamTrucks.com. And just to clear up any confusion, a vehicle is designated “commercial” under one of the following circumstances:

  • Titled in a company or corporation
  • Used for business but titled in an individual’s name (sole proprietor)
  • Exceeds 26,000 lbs. GVWR
  • Used to haul any hazardous material
  • Dodge better run some comparison tests on both dyno and real world driving between CNG and propane. Propane has 18 TIMES the hydrogen content of CNG, so you can drive about 35 percent farther on propane than on CNG with the same size fuel tank. With propane, GM found a 2 percent HP increase over gasoline, but a loss of 11 percent in torque when the same engine ran on CNG. Since Dodge is spending the effort to market greener trucks, the Dodge Boys better put in just a bit more effort to bring LPG, or propane trucks to the guys who only want to keep it simple. There are many more propane stations than CNG stations all around North America, so that is one very good reason as well. Propane has ultra high 105 octane (R+M ) so that helps the engine computer advance the timing when no pinging or engine knock is detected. That timing advance helps offset the lower BTU of propane, so in real world use, you end up loosing only 10 to 12 percent in MPG when running on propane compared to the same engine running on gasoline. With all the shale gas drilling in America now, there is a huge oversupply of propane and it is dropping both the wholesale and retail pump prices of propane. About 65 percent of propane is found mixed with methane ( nat gas ) and butane under the ground, The balance is produced by refining a barrel of oil. The best ( most pure ) automotive grade of propane in the world is sold in North America, HD5 grade. Expect to pay from about $1.75 to $2.35 a gallon for propane in the big cities and in Toronto and Calgary as well ( sold here in Liters but do the math at 3.7854 liters per U.S. gallon, in the mid 50 cent range in Toronto ). Read some of the articles i have written over the past 9 years about the use of propane in commercial vehicles, by doing both a Yahoo and Google search on me like this “MARK SMYTH PROPANE”. About 40 articles will pop up so you can read for about 6 hours until you fall asleep. PS, this is the first time in 30 years that propane has dropped in wholesale price in the winter months. In fact, it has dropped 26 percent in wholesale price over the past 6 weeks until today, December 10, 2012.