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PSI for Alt Fuel Upfits for General Motors

December 6, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, certifications, CNG, Companies, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

SVM/Specialty Vehicle Modifier Designation Agreement
Is Said to Boost Fleet Customers’ Choice of Alt Fuel Vehicles

Power Solutions International’s designation as a specialty vehicles modifier for GM increases the number of alternative fuel vehicles available to operators, PSI says.

GM Developing a New NGVs Strategy

May 11, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, CNG, Companies, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Program for Vans, Pickups and Bi-Fuel Impala Concludes,
The Goal Now Is More Vehicle Choices, Propane Autogas Too

Watch for General Motors to devise a new program for gaseous fuel vehicles, offering propane autogas as an option as well as compressed natural gas, with a broader range of body styles and options overall.

GM Details LG Partnership for Bolt

October 20, 2015 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Beyond the Lithium Battery, Key Components from Korea

GM is crediting various affiliates of lithium battery supplier LG Chem for helping it develop the new 100% battery electric Chevrolet Bolt for 2016. “General Motors set aside traditional vehicle development to create the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which can travel more than 200 miles on a single electric charge,” states a release.

Volt 2016 Battery Range 53 Miles

August 4, 2015 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GM Promises All-Electric Range Improvement of Nearly 40%

“Range, range and more range,” GM says, pledging to deliver an all-battery distance of 53 miles before the gasoline engine is needed on the 2016 Chevy Volt – “nearly a 40% improvement over the first-generation Volt.”

Bi-Fuel CNG Impala Sedan Delayed

June 16, 2015 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

No Deliveries Yet of Vehicle Announced in Fall 2013

General Motors is pledging first deliveries this summer of the CNG-gasoline bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala that was announced in autumn 2013.

Chevy Adding Bi-Fuel Chassis Cab

May 11, 2015 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

GM Recalling 3,196 Impco CNG Vans

September 18, 2014 in CNG, NGVs, Safety by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Affects 2011-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Vans
With High Pressure GFI Regulators and DiaCom Diaphragms

General Motors has initialed a safety recall of 3,196 model year 2011-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Vans converted to dedicated compressed natural gas operation by Impco Automotive.

Quigley Offers CNG Four-Wheel Drive

December 3, 2013 in NGVs, NGVs2013Atlanta by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pennsylvania Company Claims Industry Exclusive with Chevy Vans

Manchester, Pa.-based Quigley Motor is offering four-wheel drive GM vans that run on compressed natural gas fuel – an industry first, the company says.

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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Range Resources: 184 CNG Vehicles

August 12, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Pay Back for the Investment Is Approximately Two Years’

Canonsburg, Pa.-based Range Resources – which says it pioneered the Marcellus Shale in 2004 – is talking up deployment of 184 natural gas vehicles, a combination of Chrysler Ram 2500 CNG and Chevrolet Silverado 2500 bi-fuel CNG-gasoline pickups, with 100 in southwestern Pennsylvania.

GM and Honda Team on FCVs

July 2, 2013 in Companies, Electric Drive, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Goal is 2020 for Commercially Feasible Fuel Cell, Hydrogen Storage

General Motors and Honda disclosed “a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame.

GTS Summit, WTS Walkabout

March 9, 2013 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

DoE & Execs at Green Truck Summit & Work Truck Show

The term “green fleet” will become just “fleet” over the next decade as sustainability becomes business as usual. “Sustainability and the green industry are here to stay,” says Lee Styslinger III, chairman and CEO of aerial lift specialist Altec.

PG&E to Buy 50 Bi-Fuel NGVs

February 15, 2013 in CNG, EVs, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Buying More Chevy Volts Too, and Ford C-Max Plug-Ins

Pacific Gas & Electric is close to placing an order for 50 CNG-gasoline pickup trucks with General Motors – management is working now on an optimal work crew placement plan for the bi-fuel pickups. Separately, the San Francisco-based utility is ordering dozens of additional plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from both GM and Ford.

NatGasCar Certified for GM

December 17, 2012 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. EPA Approval for 4.8- and 6.0-Liter Engines

Cleveland-based NatGasCar reports U.S. EPA certification of its compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel conversions for 2012 and 2013 General Motors 6.0- and 4.8-liter engines.

GM Eyes 500,000 Electrified Vehicles

November 20, 2012 in Companies, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

That’s the Goal for 2017, ‘With a Focus on Plug-In Technology’

General Motors will have up to 500,000 vehicles on the road with some form of electrification by 2017 – with a focus on plug-in technology, the firm said last week. GM is standing by its vaunted Chevy Volt, and will introduce the Spark 100% battery electric compact at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the media November 28 and the public November 30.

GM Starts CNG Pickup Production

November 12, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

2013 Bi-Fuel Trucks Built in Indiana, Upfitted by Impco There

Production of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel CNG pickup trucks is underway in Fort Wayne, Ind., General Motors said late last week, announcing that the vehicles are available for order by fleet and retail customers through Chevrolet and GMC dealers.

GM Promises a Plug-In Cadillac

October 19, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$561 Million Has Been Invested, the Automaker Says

General Motors said Tuesday that it will soon begin prepping its Detroit-Hamtramck facility for late-2013 production of the Cadillac ELR extended-range plug-in electric vehicle. The Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, and Holden Volt extended-range EVs are all built at Detroit-Hamtramck. Extended-range electric vehicles are exported to 21 countries, GM says.

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