Currently, the only natural-gas-powered passenger car offered for sale by an OEM in the US is the Honda Civic Natural Gas. Starting this fall, that long-running CNG car will be joined by a CNG-burning 2015 Chevy Impala for both fleet and retail customers. General Motors announced today that the car will start at $37,385, plus an $825 destination charge. That comes to $38,210 before taxes and options.

Those options include two trim lines, the base LS and the upper-level LT. Chevy doesn't break out the details in the press release announcing the price, but you can see the trim details for the standard gas-powered 2014 Impala here. Exact information on the 2015 models is not available just yet, but GM spokesman Chad Lyons told AutoblogGreen that the equipment that you see listed on the site for 2014 is "almost exactly the same" as what will be available for 2015.

The 2015 Impala gets around 19 city mpg on CNG, but official EPA numbers are not yet available.

That means the LS will come with 18-inch aluminum wheels, electric variable-assist power steering, projector-beam headlamps, and 10 air bags. The LT adds an eight-inch touch screen with MyLink, premium Cloth interior and dual-zone automatic climate controls. The cost for this upgrade is unspecified. For CNG purposes, we can ignore the numerical prefix used for the gas-powered LT trims, since that denominates the engine type, and all the CNG models use a 3.6-liter engine with hardened valves and valve seats that can better handle natural gas. The trunk capacity also drops from 18.8 cubic feet to 10 cu .ft. in order to fit in the CNG tank that holds the equivalent of 7.8 gallons of gas. That amount of CNG should move you 150 city miles, which is around 19 mpg, but official EPA numbers are not yet available. With the addition of the gasoline on board, the overall range is 500 city miles. The car burns CNG when available and switches to gas with "no interruption" either when the tank is empty or when the driver selects the gas tank. Find more details in the press release below.

GM says the CNG Impala will will be available nationwide this fall. CNG is a growing fuel in the US, thanks in part to fracking. The Civic Natural Gas, which starts at $26,640, is growing towards a nationwide availability. Next year, for example, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas in Detroit will allow CNG for the first time.
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Chevrolet Announces Pricing of CNG-Capable 2015 Impala

2014-05-06

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The 2015 bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala, the industry's only manufacturer-produced full-size sedan in North America that can run on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline, will have a starting price of $38,210, including an $825 destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees and operational equipment.

The bi-fuel Impala will be available in the fourth quarter to both fleet and retail customers in either an LS base trim or a higher-equipped LT trim.

The vehicle is available only with a 3.6L hardened engine with hardened valves and valve seats for improved wear resistance and durability with the CNG fuel system. The CNG tank mounted in the trunk has the equivalent capacity of 7.8 gallons of gasoline, which is expected to offer approximately 150 city miles of range on compressed natural gas based on GM testing. EPA estimates are not yet finalized, but with gasoline and compressed natural gas combined, expected range is 500 city miles based on GM testing.

In addition to average fuel savings of nearly $1.25 per gasoline-gallon-equivalent based on current fuel prices, natural gas is one of the cleanest-burning fuels available, so vehicles that run on CNG produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline-powered cars.

"The Impala nameplate has recently seen market share growth, and critical acclaim for its design, functionality and low cost of ownership. Now, with the addition of bi-fuel capabilities it will also help customers reduce fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet & Commercial.

The Impala will primarily run on CNG and once the fuel tank is depleted, the system automatically and seamlessly switches to run on gasoline. Drivers who wish to change fuels while driving can do so by simply pushing a button on the dashboard, which uses an LED light to indicate when CNG is being used. There is no interruption in the vehicle's performance.

The CNG fuel system is validated by GM covered by GM's three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited bumper-to-bumper warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, whichever comes first. The vehicle is expected to meet all EPA and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements.

The bi-fuel Impala, assembled at GM's Oshawa, Ontario, plant, will be available for purchase later this year at any of the more than 3,200 Chevrolet dealerships nationwide.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      Nicholas Littlejohn
      • 7 Months Ago
      Just have to be sure to use renewable methane like Redeem, not fracking gas. Make sure to check out Gasland 2 to see the absolute destruction caused by gas fracking, it is available on torrent. redeem.cleanenergyfuels.com
        TruthHertz
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Nicholas Littlejohn
        When you talk to the gas company, make sure you ask for non-fracking gas. Oh what? You can't do that? Where can I buy renewable methane? Do I stick a tube up a cows ass? A) Fracking is no where near as bad as tree huggers would have you believe and would instead have everyone spending $8 to $12 a gallon equivalent to be green. B) Would you rather send more money over seas to people that want to kill you because you won't join their cult?
        jtav2002
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Nicholas Littlejohn
        Gasland is complete garbage. It's good at sensationalizing things for the misinformed. Not much else. There isn't this "absolute destruction" you speak of. Fracking, if done properly, doesn't pose that much of a risk. Like anything, some people don't do things properly and skirt corners. Fracking was more of an issue years ago when any fly by night operation could set up a well and drill with little regulation. I do find it pretty ironic that you reference using methane. The big "smoking gun" gasland tried to scare people with was flammable water. Something, that for the record was able to be done in a lot of these areas long before fracking was taking place. What causes the flammable water? Methane. Methane that's naturally in the ground already. Companies that don't construct their wells properly end up having an issue with natural methane seeping into wells. Thus, flammable water. But, to each is own. I work in the industry, so I'll go on the facts instead of getting my information from a BS youtube documentary.
      Unni
      • 7 Months Ago
      where is the impala hybrid ? . I think they can have Impala Hybrid, Impala Plug-in Hybrid and an Impala EV for the future.
      paulwesterberg
      • 7 Months Ago
      So a normal impala starts at $26,860, so the premium for natural gas is $10,500+tax. If natural gas was $1.50-2.00 cheaper per gallon you would need to drive between 140-200k miles(not counting the timevalue of money) to break even.
        paulwesterberg
        • 7 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        And to have a hope of breaking even you would have to always run the vehicle on natural gas - good luck finding a gas station that sells natural gas. According to this map there are 705 public cng stations while there are 8,051 EV charging stations. http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/natural_gas_locations.html
          Nicholas Littlejohn
          • 7 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Can get a gas compressor for your home and pay no road tax..
          • 6 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Depending on what part of the nation you are in, there are more or less. Some states have over 100, others have less than 20. It's all about supply and demand. People aren't going to install a CNG pump unless there is demand. Love's is installing them for trucking which will also allow passenger cars to fill up there. As the demand grows, so will the number of CNG pumps. By the way, it's a lot cheaper to install an EV charging station than it is to install a CNG pump. Not to mention, most of the EV stations are there for convenience and are free to the consumer.
          travisjb
          • 7 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          there will be ~1,400 by end of year in the U.S. (more than half public) with about 200 new public sites or so being built every year... some are saying that it will be 300-400 built a year, which is being driven by trucking - not consumers
          2 wheeled menace
          • 7 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Heh, and even then, that is a way better situation than what you have with Hydrogen. A CNG car is cheaper to operate, and you could have realistically taken road trips with one since the late 2000's, and it's cheaper than a hydrogen car, and it's rather clean, but nobody wants one.
      danfred311
      • 7 Months Ago
      is not green
      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      LOL, So 2 wheeled menace is another of yonomo's accounts.
      • 7 Months Ago
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      • 7 Months Ago
      Great
      Timon
      • 7 Months Ago
      Cruze would have made a lot more sense, it would have been cheaper and more economical, and at 38k it's in volt territory as noted below,
        Basil Exposition
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Timon
        CNG conversion requires serious trunk space. Impala has it. Cruze doesn't. Also, a CNG Impala serves a new market with 0 competitors.
          mapoftazifosho
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Civic CNG. These are fleet vehicles used to drive around 1-2 employees...a Civic CNG would be fine and offers better efficiency.
          SteveG
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          For that price is has to offer a lot more than a bigger trunk.
          Basil Exposition
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          @ SteveG Have you ever looked in the trunk of a CNG Civic? It's a joke. Impala will fix that.
          SteveG
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Because it is bigger than the CNG Civic?
      2 wheeled menace
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hmmm... $11,000 for the ability to run a different fossil fuel? Do auto companies even gauge the market for interest before producing things like this?
        Joeviocoe
        • 7 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        They gauge the market for green credits, loan programs, grants and political support. Interest in Ethanol, CNG, and Hydrogen can all be explained with that alone.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        This article doesn't correctly do a price comparison which is an injustice to the upcoming CNG Impala. The current base LS model has the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine while the CNG LS model will have the 3.6L V6 engine. That's a huge difference in cost and performance. The actual difference in price will probably be less than $8000. With the price savings you will see using CNG, you will negate that difference in 4-5 years. Additionally you will be putting out less greenhouse gases, will use less gasoline made from oil from foriegn oil producers and contributing more to the US economy which produces both the CNG car and the natural gas. It's a win win situation.
        Joeviocoe
        • 7 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        They gauge the market for green credits, loan programs, grants and political support. Interest in Ethanol, CNG, and Hydrogen can all be explained with that alone.
        Joeviocoe
        • 7 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        They gauge the market for green credits, loan programs, grants and political support. Interest in Ethanol, CNG, and Hydrogen can all be explained with that alone.
      Spec
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm happy to see another CNG car hit the market but $38K? Holy smokes. The Volt is a much better deal. BTW, the market really needs an upper-$30K range EV with a 120+ mile range.
      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      LOL. "loans" Now let's talk about the 11 BILLION and climbing the taxpayes spent that are yet to be paid back. AND Let's talk about all the billions the goverment has/is spending on the "OLD" GM to clean up all their old polluted site and other liabilities.
      Ron Wagner
      • 4 Months Ago
      The Impala CNG is overpriced and could easily be sold for five thousand less. CNG is great for anyone who drives a lot and keeps their cars for a long time. Any gasoline vehicle can be converted. Pickup trucks and vans have the fastest paybacks and owners tend to keep them longest. See www.cngprices.com for a current map of stations. See American CNG Vehicles also: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kM7_6rwI5iG7s1EF1RNuVmFHEGFbteRsPjjzzxx5UTA/edit
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