• Sep 2, 2010
Starting this fall, commercial fleet customers can opt to order their full-size GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express vans with either a factory-fitted compressed natural gas (CNG) system or a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) setup. The CNG/LPG vans will be delivered from the factory with the chosen fuel option and all necessary components installed and won't require any aftermarket modifications. General Motors has finalized pricing for the CNG system but, due to its lofty price tag, we don't expect many buyers will be opting for this natural gas package.

GM's pricing for the CNG option breaks down like this:
The all-inclusive CNG option includes a dedicated CNG system ($14,590), a natural gas-capable Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine ($1,295), as well as HD trailering equipment ($265). A $240 credit for deleting the spare tire brings the package price to $15,910. So the total cost of either a 2011 Chevrolet Express or 2011 GMC Savana Cargo model, which starts at $25,980 would be $41,890 with the CNG option.
According to GM, "Chevrolet and GMC are the only full-line vehicle brands to offer a "check-the-box" CNG option for vans." Jumping from a mid-20s price tag to over 40 large for the CNG-powered cargo van seems like a stretch to us, but then again, we don't own a commercial fleet, nor are we the targeted buyers. Only time will tell if the people who are think the optional CNG package is worth it. Hit the jump for more info on GM's CNG option package, which will be available this fall on the Chevy Express and GMC Savana.

[Source: General Motors]

PRESS RELEASE

Pricing Announced for CNG Powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Full-Size Vans
Comprehensive pricing offers a one-stop shop for a complete CNG system

DETROIT – The fully integrated and dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) option, available this fall for Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, will be priced at $15,910 MSRP, General Motors announced Tuesday.

The all-inclusive CNG option for commercial customers includes a dedicated CNG system, a natural gas-capable Vortec 6.0L V8 engine, and heavy duty trailering equipment. Chevrolet and GMC are the only full-line vehicle brands to offer a "check-the-box" CNG option for vans.

"Customers tell us coordinating the upfit for their CNG vehicles takes away valuable time that would be better used running their business," said Joyce Mattman, director of Commercial Product and Specialty Vehicles. "Our CNG vans come with a fully integrated CNG fuel system, a comprehensive warranty, emissions compliance and strong dealer support, all for one price."

Pricing for the all-inclusive CNG option includes a dedicated CNG system ($14,590), a natural gas-capable Vortec 6.0L V8 engine ($1,295), as well as HD trailering equipment ($265). A $240 credit for deleting the spare tire brings the package price to $15,910. So the total cost of either a 2011 Chevrolet Express or 2011 GMC Savana Cargo model, which starts at $25,980 would be $41,890 with the CNG option.

Powered by a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine, the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans come equipped with hardened exhaust valves, and intake and exhaust valve seats for improved wear resistance and durability with gaseous fuel systems.

The vans will meet all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements, and will be fully compliant with applicable motor vehicle safety standards. Each CNG Chevrolet Express or GMC Savana van also will be covered by GM's three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

To find more information about the Chevrolet Express and the GMC Savana, and to see the full lineup of GM Fleet and Commercial vehicles, visit gmfleet.com.

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About General Motors

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      • 15 Hours Ago
      The Savana is a dinosaur compared to the spacier Sprinter or economical Transit Connect.
        • 15 Hours Ago
        Plus, you can stand upright in a Sprinter whereas in a GM van you crawl.
      ronwagn
      • 15 Hours Ago
      They must not want to sell them. You can bet they won't sell many for that price. Fleet buyers are not going to pay that either. The going price from big converters is about $9,000, which is still way to high. See a small conversion specialist.
      • 15 Hours Ago
      I was like, wow, $16000 for a CNG van! And then I read... that's how much they are charging above the retail price? I can't even imagine how that would be economical to get to the break even point.
        • 15 Hours Ago
        GM is playing the fool
        There are millions of CNG/LPG vehicles on the road in Europe and elsewhere.
        I can't be arsed to check for the premiums, but it would not have happened at that level.