As With Existing Models, Impco Automotive for the Upfits
Chevrolet is expanding its compressed natural gas vehicle lineup to include the bi-fuel 2016 Silverado 3500HD chassis cab for 2016, allowing drivers to use CNG or gasoline.
The bi-fuel systems will be installed by Tier One supplier Impco Automotive in Union City, Ind. using Type III CNG cylinders from Worthington Industries (ex-SCI).
“Silverado 3500HD has a proven reputation as the ultimate work truck for fleets, many of whom are looking to reduce emissions and save money at the pump,” GM says.
The automaker cites the example of Southern California Gas, with “more than 5,000 units on the road and currently, 22% of its over-the-road fleet operates on natural gas.
“The utility has committed to make the majority of its over-the-road vehicles operate on CNG by 2020, and it is looking to the bi-fuel Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab to help meet that goal,” GM says.
“A chassis cab configuration is the bread and butter of our fleet and the vehicle we rely on to service customer homes,” SoCalGas strategy and maintenance manager Tony Orta says in GM’s 3500HD bi-fuel announcement.
‘Fueling Flexibility and Range’
“The turnkey bi-fuel option offered by Chevrolet allows us to reduce our carbon footprint while giving us the fueling flexibility and range we need to keep drivers on the road servicing customers,” Orta said.
“This truck is another step forward in supporting our goal to green our fleet, said SoCalGas operations support VP Mike Schneider.
The 24.5-gallon CNG tank is located directly behind the cab, GM says. With a 23.5 gallon gasoline tank too, drivers get “fueling flexibility and optimal range between fill-ups.”
The CNG fuel systems are warranted and validated by Chevrolet. For qualified commercial and government fleet customers, GM says, a five-year/100,000-mile (whichever comes first) powertrain limited warranty covers the CNG fuel system and its components. For other customers, the vehicle is covered under Chevrolet Complete Care five-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.
All major components associated with the CNG system also carry GM service part numbers and are available throughout the largest dealer network in the United States. “That’s not the case with some other manufacturers’ bi-fuel trucks,” GM says.
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Source: GM-Chevrolet with Fleets & Fuels follow-up