2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD - CNG fuel tank closeupGeneral Motors has released pricing for the bi-fuel option for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD, and it's a pill that probably won't go down easy. Buyers who want their workhorses to suck down either compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline can look forward to ponying up $11,000 for the pleasure. That big chunk of change adds a Type 3 tank in the bed for CNG, and GM says that with both fuels, the trucks will have an effective range of 650 miles. The bi-fuel option is available on any heavy-duty truck configuration, including four-wheel drive and extended cab models.

The automaker says the bi-fuel trucks are a way for business owners to safeguard themselves against volatile gas prices, and that the option could save anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 over the course of three years depending on fuel fluctuations. However, any option on a work truck that only might break even in three or four years seems like a tough sell in our book, especially given the reduction in useable bed area. Hit the jump for the full press release as well as a quick video.



Chevrolet, GMC Announce Bi-Fuel Pickup Pricing

Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra bi-fuel pickups available for order April 19

DETROIT – Chevrolet and GMC extended cab heavy-duty pickup trucks with a bi-fuel option will sell for $11,000 above the suggested base-vehicle price. Fleet and retail customers can place orders for the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD beginning Thursday (April 19).

The pickups, which run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline, have a Vortec 6.0L V8 engine that seamlessly transitions between the two fuel systems. A single light-weight Type 3 tank in the bed maximizes available payload and bed space, offering more usable space than competitors.

The Silverado HD and Sierra 2500 HD offer customers fueling flexibility with a combined CNG and gasoline range of more than 650 miles - the longest range available in the bi-fuel truck market.

"The announcement of the bi-fuel Silverado and Sierra has been well-received among customers, which sends a clear message that businesses are looking for alternative fuel options to meet their needs," said Ed Peper, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. "The addition of the full-size bi-fuel pickups to our product portfolio is part of our commitment to offer great products, innovative business solutions and an exceptional customer experience."

The pickups, which provide more options than any on the market, will be available in standard and long-box, two-or-four-wheel drive in the extended cab models, offering customization for specific needs.

"Businesses are looking for ways to control their costs while reducing vehicle emissions and becoming less dependent on fluctuating gas prices. The low cost of ownership makes these vehicles a realistic solution," said Joyce Mattman, director, GM Commercial Product and Specialty Vehicles. "CNG has maintained a significantly lower retail price than either gasoline or diesel. The current average price of CNG is equivalent to $1.89 per gallon of gasoline. Customers could save $5,000 to $10,000 over a three-year period, depending on their driving habits."

The bi-fuel trucks will be covered by GM's three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and vehicle emissions warranty, meeting all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements.

The entire manufacturer-backed gaseous fuel system in the vehicles meets GM's strict quality, durability, safety testing and is covered under the extensive warranty. The trucks are built in Fort Wayne, Ind., and then sent to the Tier One supplier for installation of the CNG bi-fuel delivery and storage system.

To find more information about advanced propulsion vehicles available, visit gmfleet.com, or for timely responses to fleet-related questions, join the GM Fleet and Commercial Customer Service LinkedIn group.


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      atltv
      • 2 Years Ago
      ABSURD REDICULOUS CRAZY NUFF SAID
      Rodney Reese
      • 2 Years Ago
      So you pay $11,000 for the option and you save $5,000 to $10,000 over three years in gas so that puts you $1,000 to $5,000 in the hole you lost by getting the Bio-fuel options in those three years.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      thinly veiled GM attempt to suck 100% of the upcoming CNG credit for taxpayers who buy a CNG vehicle. Dont be fooled, it dose not cost anywhere close to this to actually make a cng system, research cng fogger.
      Clem Zahrobsky
      • 2 Years Ago
      i remember back in the 80s you could get your pickup converted to propane for $800. they installed a tank ,a 2 way valve to shut off the gasoline and turn on the propqne and a "showerhead" installed between the art cleaner and the carb where the propane was introduced into the engine. why does this system have to cost $12K ??
      Pat McSwain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems a bit pricey, but CNG can have tax advantages, and for fleets who have their own CNG filling station, the costs go down even further. And Natural Gas normally extends oil, compression, and valve life. But for the typical consumer, unless you have a CNG compressor at home, it's not a good buy.
      ZPrime
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could that guy talk *any* quieter? Holy crap.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      And the tax break for CNG vehicles doesn't apply for dual-fuel. Can't even think about burning petrol to get the tax credit.
      holmes49
      • 2 Years Ago
      should of let GM go out of business when we had the chance-we missed a wonderful opportunity.GM IS SO out of touch they will go out of business in the united states.
      Carlos
      • 2 Years Ago
      These things are never cheap. But we gotta start somewhere.
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like someone cant meet CAFE fast enough and this is one option...
      sp33dklz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Complete and utter failure. I drove a delivery van as a teenager that had a natural gas tank installed and was bi-fuel. The tank and hardware installed was less than $2,000.00. This was only 15 years ago.
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