Claims First Natural Gas-Fueled GM Pickups with 5.3-Liter DI
Nat G CNG Solutions says it’s delivered the first natural gas-fueled half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3-liter direct injection engine. The 2015 model vehicles were purchased by Houston-based NewTex Plumbing and San Antonio’s Pioneer Energy Services. updated October 27
The GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado trucks have DuraDrive DI brand compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel systems from Utah-based AGA Systems.
“During EPA testing the DuraDrive DI set a record for efficiency on an eight-cylinder natural gas truck, achieving 23 miles per gallon highway,” states a Nat G CNG release.
24 GGEs Standard
The half-ton CNG upgrade comes standard with a 24 gasoline gallon equivalent CNG cylinder “giving the vehicle a combined natural gas and gasoline range of more than 1,000 highway-miles.”
“It’s just a no-brainer, the savings are incredible,” NewTex Plumbing CEO Bill Collora says in the Nat G announcement. “We’re based out of The Woodlands but serve the entire Houston area – from Kingwood to Sugar Land.
“Before, our average gas bill was $8,000 per week,” Collora said “Now it’s down to about $5,000 per week.”
50 on Order for Texas and Louisiana
Nat G CNG Solutions says it has pre-orders for more than 50 units of the DuraDrive DI, to be delivered in Texas and Louisiana before the end of the year. The first is using all-composite Type IV cylinders, 21-by-60 inches, yielding a nominal rate capacity of 24 GGE/gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG, Nat G CNG co-CEO Balu Balagopal told F&F.
“Customers have been looking forward to getting a high-quality natural gas option for the new direct injection engines from General Motors,” said Bob Lukefahr, co-CEO of Nat G. “The system performs flawlessly, has great power and offers tremendous efficiency.”
No Loss of Cargo Space on 6.2-Liter Vehicles
In addition to the 5.3 liter engine, AGA Systems has also started shipping the DuraDrive DI for GM’s 6.2 liter direct injection engines for Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon XL and several larger pickup trucks.
Nat G is offering an underbody cylinder system for the full line of GM full-sized SUVs to allow customers to upgrade their SUVs without losing cargo space.
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Source: Nat G CNG with Fleets & Fuels follow-up