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Bi-Fuel an $11,000 Option on GM Pickups

April 19, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GM is asking $11,000 above the suggested base-vehicle price for its compressed natural gas bi-fuel 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD pickups, and began taking orders this past Thursday. With gasoline and diesel prices rising, operators with a CNG option could save $5,000 to $10,000 over a three-year period, GM says.

Conventional Sierra 2500HD pickups in California range in price from $29,100 to $49,985.

GM has offered dedicated-compressed natural gas vans, fitted with CNG fuel systems by Impco in Union City, Ind. since late 2010. Now, in part to allay range anxiety, GM’s CNG pickups will be bi-fuel vehicles boasting 650 miles of combined CNG and gasoline range, said to be the longest range available in the bi-fuel truck market.

Impco will handle the bi-fuel pickups too.

CNG cylinder will hold 17 gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG, allowing room in the truck bed for a robust protective cabinet. The fuel tank will be mounted to the frame itself, not the truck body.

“Bi-fuel gives you a lot of flexibility,” CNG product manager Mike Jones told F&F. As for customers, “The real low-hanging fruit is the natural gas producers and distributors,” he says. “They’re anxious to have this kind of vehicle that comes from an OEM.”

The CNG-gasoline trucks have a 6.0-liter Vortec V-8. A single lightweight Type III tank in the bed holds 17 GGE-gasoline gallon equivalents.

The pickups “provide more options than any on the market,” GM says. They will be available in standard and long-box, two-or-four-wheel drive in the extended cab models, offering customization for specific needs.

The bi-fuel trucks will be covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain and vehicle emissions warranty. GM expects to meet all U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements.

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