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GM Touts Bi-Fuel CNG Impala for 2015

November 7, 2013 in CNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Bi-Fuel Sedan for 2015 Introduced by GM Chairman,
Quantum System to Be Installed by Roush in Michigan

General Motors has publicized several new NGVs, including an Impala sedan for 2015 with port fuel-injected 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel system by Quantum will be installed by Roush Performance.

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‘The new bi-fuel Impala marries Chevrolet’s flagship sedan with unprecedented opportunity,’ GM chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said on announcing the new CNG-gasoline bi-fuel vehicle in Washington last month.

‘The new bi-fuel Impala marries Chevrolet’s flagship sedan with unprecedented opportunity,’ GM chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said on announcing the new CNG-gasoline bi-fuel vehicle in Washington last month.

“The new bi-fuel Impala marries Chevrolet’s flagship sedan with unprecedented opportunity, offering a new choice for alternative-fueled transportation that burns cleaner from a mostly chairman and CEO domestically sourced fuel,” GM Dan Akerson said in a release following the CNG Impala’s Washington, D.C. reveal.

Total range is estimated at 500 miles – 150 on CNG and 350 on gasoline.

Impco for GM’s 2014 NGVs

With the CNG-gasoline bi-fuel Impala, Akerson said, “GM continues to demonstrate its commitment and leadership in energy diversity by building its presence in the gaseous fuel space, and specifically with CNG – one of the cleanest-burning fossil fuels available.”

Chevrolet's bi-fuel CNG-gasoline Impala for 2015 will have a 7.7-GGE Type I fuel cylinder. It will leave 10 cubic feet of truck space (compared with 18.8 cubic feet for the straight gasoline car).

Chevrolet’s bi-fuel CNG-gasoline Impala for 2015 will have a 7.7-GGE Type I fuel cylinder. It will leave 10 cubic feet of truck space (compared with 18.8 cubic feet for the straight gasoline car).

Existing GM NGVs and the new ones for 2014 – including a bi-fuel Chevy Cruze sedan with Type III carbon fiber-on-aluminum CNG fuel cylinder by Worthington-SCI (F&F, August 26) – are modified for either dedicated-CNG or CNG-gasoline bi-fuel operation by Impco Automotive in Union City, Ind.

GM has publicized dedicated-CNG Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles as passenger vans for 2014, joining the current cargo versions of the vehicles.

Oshawa-Plymouth-Hamtramck

And, GM has promised new bi-fuel versions of its bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups for 2015, expanding the range to include 2500HD and 3500HD models in all cab styles with both two- and four-wheel-drive options.

“With these new vehicles, General Motors offers the most comprehensive lineup of manufacturer-engineered, validated and warranted CNG vehicles, helping fleet managers manage their budget and reduce their carbon footprint,” US. fleet and commercial sales VP Ed Peper said in a release.

The 2015 Impala will be built in Oshawa, Ont. (east of Toronto), shipped to Plymouth, Mich. for contract installation by Roush of the Quantum CNG fuel system, and shipped to dealers via GM’s plant at Hamtramck, Mich.

Roush Performance has been hired by GM to supply “contract labor” to install the Quantum system, says Todd Mouw, VP at Roush CleanTech – the Roush unit known for dedicated-propane upfits. “There is no validation, engineering, warranty or support from Roush Enterprises or Roush CleanTech in this deal,” he told F&F.


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GM, Mike Jones, 313-665-5826; [email protected]

GM, Mike McGarry, 313-665-0672; [email protected]; www.gmfleet.com

Roush, sales VP Todd Mouw, 734-466-6522; mobile 248-770-4557; [email protected]

Roush, Brian Carney, 734-466-6219; mobile 734-718-6708; [email protected]; www.roushcleantech.com

Impco, Keith Fields, 765-576-1307; [email protected]

Impco, Beverly Osborne, 765-305-2091; [email protected]; www.impcoautomotive.com

Quantum, Dave Mazaika, 949-930-3456; mobile 949-468-6956; [email protected]; www.qtww.com


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Source: GM with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

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