General Motors, which over half a year ago announced an $11,000 price premium for pickup trucks that could run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG), has started producing those vehicles at its plant in Fort Wayne, IN. The option is now available to customers.

Using a 6.0-liter, V8 engine, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD pickups each have a combined range of 650 miles. The conversion to the duel-fueling feature is done by IMPCO. GM in April set the price premium for the bi-fuel option for the Silverado and Sierra HD and said at the time that the option could pay for itself through lower refueling costs in anywhere between one and two years.

There are 527 publicly accessible CNG stations throughout the US, according to the Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center. By comparison, there are more than 4,700 electric-vehicle charging stations open to the public. Check out General Motors' press release below.
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GMC and Chevrolet Bi-Fuel Pickup Production Begins

2012-11-08

DETROIT – Production of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel pickup trucks is underway in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the pickups are available for order by fleet and retail customers through Chevrolet and GMC dealers.

The Silverado HD and Sierra 2500 HD Vortec 6.0L V8 engine runs on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG) and seamlessly switches between the two fuels without affecting performance. The CNG and gasoline tanks have a combined range of 650 miles, the longest standard bi-fuel range of any original equipment automaker.

"Customers are choosing our bi-fuel trucks because they provide the same high level of GM truck performance and versatility but can also help businesses control their fuel costs and reduce their carbon footprint," said Ed Peper, General Motors U.S. vice president of Fleet and Commercial Sales.

The Type-3 single-tank CNG system in the Silverado HD and Sierra 2500 HD is designed to retain more bed space than any competing bi-fuel truck from an Original Equipment Manufacturer. The pickups are available in standard and long-box and two-or-four wheel drive in the extended cab models.

"At Chesapeake, we are converting our fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles to run on natural gas, and having options from GMC and Chevy is critical to help us reach our conversion goal," said Nate Pumphrey, Chesapeake Energy Corp. director of Fleet Operations. "Following our full conversion, we will save $11 million to $12 million annually on fuel costs.

"As a fleet manager, the stable price of natural gas is another major benefit that helps me budget more accurately, and the fuel's reduced emissions align with Chesapeake's commitment to environmental excellence," he said.

The bi-fuel pickups are ordered from the factory, sent to the Tier One supplier IMPCO for installation of the CNG bi-fuel delivery and storage system and then delivered by GM transportation to the dealer or to an upfitter for customer-ordered modifications.

The bi-fuel option is priced at $11,000 above the suggested retail price of the base vehicle. The entire gaseous fuel system meets GM's strict quality, durability and safety testing. The 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. The vehicle meets all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements.

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.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM's brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.


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      Letstakeawalk
      • 1 Day Ago
      The gas utilities should try it. GM should focus on vehicles.
      Rr778
      • 1 Day Ago
      How many miles per gas gallon equivelant? Cng is 2.50 gas gallon equivelant here.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 1 Day Ago
      These would offer an owner great flexibility in times of gas shortages like they're experiencing in the NE at the moment. Nat Gas pipelines weren't taken out, so fleet operators (like utility crews, LEAs) would have no problems keeping fueled.
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        always thought Honda's Civic CNG "Phill" deal was a cool thing. Refill overnight in your own garage. GM should try that.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        Not to mention idling much, much cleaner. So much of the air pollution comes from large trucks just sitting, idling.
        Ziv
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        All true, but $11,000 price premiums are a killer. What chance is there that this will see relatively quick price reductions on installation of the system? Slim? None? I wish it was a job that was quick and fairly cheap because it would be a great help for our economy to have more vehicles using domestically produced nat gas instead of gasoline.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Day Ago
      Does that really qualify as green?
        Dave
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Its all relative. Its much greener than trying to build a house with a Prius. Do you have any idea how many trips to Home Depot it would take? Of course, its not nearly as green as living in an earthen hut of some kind.
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Dave
          " how many trips to Home Depot it would take?" Rotfl !
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Day Ago
      LPG/CNG vehicles and infrastructure are not new, these NG derivatives have been in successful operation in for over 40 years in many parts of the world . The only reason NG technology, as an automotive fuel source, has not developed in the US, is due to the very low pump-price of US gasoline in comparison to other developed nations.
      roadkill
      • 1 Day Ago
      I s it green? No. But its a start Imagine a CNG prius? I hear $1 - $1,50 for home fill cng ~550 public filling stations in the USA is pathetic If that doesnt say OIL LOBBY i dont know what does tho its greatest advocate - t boon pickens, is an oil man US is not so much in danger of a fiscal cliff, but an economic one If petrol doubles or triples in price, US families are screwed 12mpg for an f-150 from an exburb to work u simply cant compete w/ asians & euros who use mass transit to commute given usa is stuck w/ its infrastructure, bar the lack of filling stations , there is one shining light as an insurance policy for your family, the honda civic dedicated cng 32 mpg hghwy, 200 mile range, $1~ pge if u fil at home, $2 if u fil at a fil station If a family member has a regular commute of sub 200m, or there is a fill station on route, in theory its a quarter of the fuel cost if from home supply - then u still have a family pooled car that is almost free to run for odd jobs sounds a good family asset to me socal in particular lottsa fill stations & transit lane privileges
      Ron Wagner
      • 1 Day Ago
      Natural gas is the future of energy. It is replacing dirty old coal plants, and dangerous expensive nuclear plants. It will fuel cars, vans, buses, locomotives, aircraft, ships, tractors, air conditioners, engines of all kinds. It costs far less. It will help keep us out of more useless wars, where we shed our blood and money. It is used to make many products. It lowers CO2 emissions. Over 2,900 natural gas story links on my blog. An annotated bibliography of live links, updated daily. The big picture of natural gas. ronwagnersrants.blogspot.com